Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harper Government Reinstates Popular Energy Retrofit Subsidies

The federal government today announced that it is reintroducing a popular program that paid rebates to Canadian homeowners who undertook renovations to improve the energy efficiency of their homes .

The ecoEnergy Reftrofit program will offer up to $1,400 per eligible household for improvements like better windows, insulation and heating systems. There's a catch, however.  To be eligible, your house must undergo an energy audit by a company registered with Natural Resources Canada. There's another catch, the program will expire on March 31, 2012 or possibily sooner if the $400 million fund  runs out earlier.

It's good news for some, though not for someone like me who just spent $5,000 on a super efficient electric furnace to replace the old oil burner and tank in my basement. No audit, no rebate. You can read up on the program on the the NRC website.  You can read the CBC story and reader reaction here.

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