Financed by the Green Investment Fund, the Home Energy Conservation Incentive Program in Ontario targets homeowners who use electricity, wood, oil, propane, and natural gas for heating. The program is run by Union Gas and Enbridge Gas Distribution in cooperation with Save On Energy and the provincial government. The main goal is to minimize pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, reduce electricity/energy bills, and increase energy efficiency.

How the Program Works

Customers who purchase and install 2 or more energy-efficient devices and upgrades are offered up to $5,000 in the form of cash back. Rebates are offered for central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, appliances, and doors and windows. When it comes to appliances, rebates are usually offered for Energy Star certified models. Customers who opt for a water heater or a heating system also qualify for rebates. The same goes for attic, exterior wall and basement insulation and high-efficiency furnaces and boilers. Homeowners who choose to install an Energy Star air source heat pump are also offered a rebate for replacing appliances and systems that use wood, propane, oil, or natural gas. Additional electrical incentives are also offered to customers who install Energy Star clothes washers, dehumidifiers, freezers, and refrigerators.

Thermostats and Savings

Customers who purchase and install a Smart Thermostat are offered a $100 rebate under the program. Only thermostats purchased before December 31, 2018 qualify for a rebate. There are two ways to receive an inventive, by check or bill credit, depending on whether the homeowner is an Enbridge Gas customer. And there are different purchase options to look into if you choose Ecobee 3 Light or Ecobee 3/4, including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Ecobee. The purchase options for Honeywell Lyric are Walmart, Rona, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, and Best Buy. Examples of qualifying thermostats are also Nest Thermostat, Honeywell Lyric T6, Trane Thermostats, and Nest Thermostat E.

Businesses and Commercial Incentives in Ontario

Incentives are offered to industrial and commercial customers as well as the assisted housing sector. Enbridge Gas Distribution, for example, features both financial incentives and free services tailored to industrial customers. The goal is to help minimize environmental pollution, reduce operating costs, and implement energy-efficient upgrades. Fixed incentives are offered for equipment and appliances such as destratification fans, condensing make-up air units, infrared heaters, and energy and heat recovery ventilators. Custom incentives and solutions are also available. The emphasis is on action and implementation, engineering analysis, measurement, opportunity identification, and knowledge development. Incentives vary from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on consumption of natural gas per year. Commercial customers are also offered a number of solutions, incentives, and services to help improve energy efficiency. There are different solutions available for entertainment and athletic facilities, educational establishments, healthcare facilities, retail locations, accommodation, offices, and multi-residential buildings. Under the Showerhead Rebate Program, for example, customers are offered rebates for water conservation. The goal is to help minimize water and natural gas costs. The program is available to customers of Enbridge Gas only. They are asked to fill an application form and provide details such as equipment information, square footage, Enbridge account number and name, installation date and name, and more. Equipment information includes details such as number of units, model and make, and end use. Finally, applicants fill in contractor information such as contractor and company name, company address, etc.