With the federal government’s ecoENERGY program, homeowners can receive a grant of up to $5000 when they improve their home’s energy efficiency. The program has been running since 2007 (except for a suspension between April 2010 and June 2011), but is scheduled to end on March 31st, 2012. To receive your grant, you must complete your renovations and have both a pre- and post-retrofit evaluation performed before this date.
But if you’re hoping the program will be reinstated it looks like you’re out of luck. Although both the federal ecoENERGY and the provincial LiveSmart BC program have been suspended and resumed before, it looks like this really is the end of federal grant programs.
In a July interview with CBC News, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver stated that the government will focus on its deficit reduction targets and will not renew the program. And, since the program will only be available to a limited number of homeowners, it may end even earlier than the intended March 31st end date. Mr. Oliver urges homeowners who wish to take advantage of the program to do so as soon as possible.
Some of the largest grants are for new heating & air conditioning systems: including up to $790 off a new high efficiency furnace, $750 off a high efficiency boiler, and $500 off an air source heat pump.
These can be combined with LiveSmart BC grants to save up to $1390 off a new furnace or boiler and up to $2890 for a heat pump + furnace combo.
See Good Guy’s grants and rebates page for details, or call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) to schedule a free in-home quotation on a new system.