The province of Ontario just announced the Green Ontario Fund, a new program to help you save money and fight climate change at home with rebates for energy-efficient renovations and upgrades.
Buildings in Ontario generate nearly 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important for every household to do their part!
“No matter where you live or work in Ontario, fighting climate change can be as easy as changing a light bulb, switching your thermostat or making other home improvements that cut your energy bills,” says Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. “Knowing that so many of our daily choices and actions at home contribute to greenhouse gas pollution, a program like GreenON Rebates will make it easy and more affordable for people to fight climate change by choosing low-carbon ways to improve their homes.”
The rebates include:
- Up to $7,200 off new insulation
- $100 rebate for air sealing
- Up to $20,000 to install ENERGY STAR certified ground heat pumps (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 to repair existing heat pump systems
- Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that meet requirements
- Up to $5,000 for replacement windows
- $100 smart thermostat rebate (through partnership with Save On Energy)
The province will also launch GreenON Support, a free over-the-phone service that connects you with energy experts, providing advice about small and major upgrades and renovations. They can inform you about available upgrades and the best course of action to take on a specific project.
“Now, through GreenON Rebates, we are empowering consumers to help fight climate change by reducing energy usage at home,” says Parminder Sandhu, Chair of the Green Ontario Fund Board of Directors. “GreenON Rebates enables Ontario homeowners and tenants to access rebates on home renovations that will save them money and reduce their carbon footprint.”
The Green Ontario Fund is part of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan, which is fully funded by proceeds from the carbon market. The goal of the Action Plan is to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, 37% by 2030, and 80% by 2050.
Even if you’ve recently purchased a new home, there are always energy efficient updates you can make. So, check out the Green Ontario Fund and learn how you can start saving money and protecting the environment at the same time!