At Aztech, we’re firm believers in providing energy-efficient and long-lasting solutions in the form of our doors and windows. Therefore, let’s explore the Government of Ontario’s recent Energy Savings Rebate program, which offered ample savings on eco-friendly solutions. At the same time, it was intended to make these savings more widely available to residents. Today, let’s explore the fundamentals of this program in more detail.
How it Works
The Energy Savings Rebate program was designed to pass savings along to consumers through specific retailers. The program provided over $200 million to participating businesses in Ontario up until March 31, 2021. When an individual shopping through one of these businesses places an order for an applicable energy-efficient product, they receive an instant rebate when purchasing.
Regarding the specific businesses participating in the program, $150 million of this amount was dispersed across retailers operating five or more locations, while $50 million was spread among those with one to four of them.
As directly stated on the Government of Canada’s website, rebates were available through this program on the following ENERGY STAR certified products:
- Washers, dryers, and combo units
- Tankless condensing water heaters
- Air purifiers
- Smart thermostat systems
- Ductless mini-split indoor units (air-source heat pump)
- Air conditioners, ceiling fans, and dehumidifiers
- CEE Tier 3 certified refrigerators and fridge/freezer combo units
- Home charging systems for electric vehicles
- Induction stove tops
Ontarians who purchased these eligible products from retailers participating in the program could receive up to 25 percent back in a rebate. Exceptions included tankless condensing water heaters and air-source heat pump systems, each of which were eligible for you to receive up to $1,000. Not only that, but the Energy Savings Rebate program was available both online and in store, so you didn’t need to hit the road to enjoy these savings! Rebates were generally handed out right away, after which the retailer would proceed to request reimbursement from the government.
Comparing to the Canada Greener Homes Grant
You might notice that ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors are not included on the list of eligible products for the Energy Savings Rebate program. The program has also since ended and funding is exhausted, according to the official government site. That being said, don’t worry, as there are other ways to save when shopping with us!
We’re proud to be part of the Canada Greener Homes Grant instead. It allows you to save on heating and cooling costs, reduce upfront eco-friendly home upgrade expenses, lower your home’s impact on the environment, and even increase property value through green modifications. This is different from the Energy Savings Rebate program in several ways. First, our products are eligible products for the grant as they are designed with energy efficiency and eco-friendliness in mind, evidenced by their ENERGY STAR rating and state-of-the-art features aimed at maximum indoor climate control efficiency. Second, the grant is a more involved process, but it has the potential of paying out a lot more in rebates, allowing for you to cover up to $5,000 worth of green home improvements including windows and doors. Third, while the Energy Savings Rebate program required businesses to apply and only those with a certain number of locations were eligible, you get to apply through the Greener Homes Grant as one of 700,000 resident applicants. Additionally, bear in mind that the grant requires an EnerGuide evaluation costing around $600, though the funds for this are included along with the $5,000 if you are approved to receive it.
All in all, you should consider the Canada Greener Homes Grant for your next window and door installation, helping you save a considerable sum of money if approved. This is a great way to make your home more energy-efficient and cost-effective! We at Aztech are happy to thoroughly explain the specifics of any available rebates or incentives tied to our high-efficiency products. We also will recommend a certified and appropriate auditing company for you when it comes to the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Combined with a commitment to quality assurance and customer satisfaction, we take no chances in ensuring you get the most out of your product investment, with our ENERGY STAR certified doors and windows designed to meet established eco-friendly rebate program requirements.
To learn more about our products or services here at Aztech or our available incentives, contact us today. We’re glad to help!