Furnace & AC Rebates2019-07-25T12:10:43-04:00

2019 Furnace & Air Conditioner Rebates, and HVAC Upgrade Incentives

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There are a variety of utility company incentives, HVAC government rebates, grants, and energy credits available for Canadian homeowners to offset the cost of upgrading to a new heating and cooling system. These vary across the country, from province to province, by region or municipality, and can change at any time.

The brand you choose, whether it’s Carrier, Lennox, Goodman, KeepRite, Amana, Napoleon, or any of the many other manufacturers generally isn’t important. Usually, the most important qualifying factor for the rebates below is that the new system is a high-efficiency model. Often the unit must be ENERGY STAR certified as well. Furthermore, getting rebates AFTER you’ve already replaced your furnace, A/C, water heater, etc is difficult or impossible in most cases.

“How do I actually get these HVAC rebates?”

Check out our FAQ at the bottom of this article for details.

This article will examine some of the 2019 government and utility company furnace and air conditioner grants, energy tax credits & rebates available to Canadians.

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Available Rebates Covered Below (May) Include Rebates for:

 High-efficiency natural gas furnaces
Propane furnaces
Boilers & combi-boilers
Central air conditioners
Ductless mini-split systems
Heat pumps
Geothermal heating systems
Nest & smart thermostats

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MB
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NB
NS
PEI
SK
QC
Rebate FAQs

Ontario

Save On Energy Rebates

The Save On Energy rebate program is now closed, as of April 30th 2019.

Union Gas Rebates

CRITICAL UPDATE: As of November 1, 2018, homeowners who are not customers of Union Gas, and customers who heat their home with a heating source other than natural gas, are no longer eligible to enrol in the program. If you had a pre-renovation assessment completed before this date and will complete the post-renovation assessment within 120 days, you will still be eligible for rebates through the program.

Union Gas customers in Central and Southwestern Ontario can get up to $5000 of their home renovation costs back for certain energy-efficient upgrades to your home, including up to $750 for HVAC systems. The rebate program is available only for natural gas customers of Union Gas.

Note that you must complete an energy assessment of your home by a certified energy advisor before and after the renovations, and they must include at least two “eligible” upgrades (other criteria also must be met). This includes things like upgrading your furnace, boiler, hot water heater, or windows/doors/skylights with Energy Star models, and/or upgrading your insulation or window sealing.

Union Gas

$1000

Home Reno Rebates

Customers who complete more than two upgrades also qualify for a $250 bonus for each additional upgrade installed—up to a maximum of $5,000.

Note: While you can participate in multiple programs, you cannot receive a rebate for the same upgrade through the Home Reno Rebate program and other Government programs.

Heating Systems
Furnace/Boiler
$750 for replacing a
  • Less than 95% AFUE natural gas furnace, or;
  • Less than 90% AFUE natural gas boiler,

with a

  • 95% or higher AFUE condensing natural gas furnace, or;
  • 90% or higher AFUE condensing natural gas boiler.

Note: The combi system qualifies as a boiler and is eligible for the rebate.

Insulation and Sealing
Basement Insulation
$1,000 – Add at least R23 to 100% of basement
$500 – Add at least R12 to 100% of basement
$800 – Add at least R23 to 100% of crawl space wall
$400 – Add at least R10 to 100% of crawl space wall
$450 – Add at least R24 to 100% of floor above crawl space
Exterior Wall Insulation
$1,500 – Add at least R9 to 100% of building to achieve a minimum of R12
$1,000 – Add at least R3.8 to 100% of building to achieve a minimum of R12
Attic insulation
$500 – Increase attic insulation to at least R50 from R12 or less
$250 – Increase attic insulation to at least R50 from R13 to R25
$500 – Increase cathedral/flat roof insulation by at least R14
Air Sealing
$150 – Achieve 10% or more above base target identified in the pre-assessment
$100 – Achieve base target identified in the pre-assessment
Window/Door/Skylight
$40 – For each window, door or skylight replaced with ENERGY STAR® Zone 2 or 3 qualified model.
Water Heater
$200 – Replace water heater with 0.80 EF or higher tanked natural gas water heater or replace water heater with 0.90 EF or higher tankless natural gas water heater.

Note: The combo system qualifies as a water heater and is eligible for the rebate.

Visit UnionGas.com to learn more about rebates for your home.

Enbridge Rebates

CRITICAL UPDATE: Homeowners who heat their homes with propane, oil, wood or electricity will no longer be able to participate in the Home Energy Conservation offered by Enbridge Gas after October 31st, 2018. In addition, rebates for electric appliances (fridge, freezer, dehumidifier, window air conditioner, washing machine) will also be discontinued through these programs.

These rebates are for homeowners who use natural gas, residing in the Enbridge Gas territory even if you’re not a customer.

Get up to $2,100 in incentives via their Home Energy Conservation program (including a $150 “instant rebate” on the cost of the first energy audit).

Similar to the Union Gas program, homeowners must be in qualifying areas, and must get an energy assessment by an Enbridge-approved CEA (Certified Energy Advisor) before and after the upgrades (full details here).

There are many qualifying upgrade types (forced-air furnace replacement, boilers, water heaters, insulation improvements, new windows, etc) and the total amount of the incentive varies from $850 to $1950 depending on the percentage of overall fuel-savings achieved.

ENERGY STAR Rebates

Opt for ENERGY STAR certified products when upgrading!

Commercial Retrofit Incentive Program

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/business-energy-management/programs-and-campaigns/commercial-custom-retrofit-program

Home Energy Upgrades

  • Receive up to $5,000 for completing 2 of the upgrades on the website
  • Replace a less than 95% AFUE furnace (or 89% AFUE boiler) with a higher % AFUE and receive $1,000 – Plus you can get an additional $650 back in electrical incentives for upgrading your furnace and air conditioner.
  • For a limited time only, receive $250 in electric incentives for upgrading your heating system
  • Replace a water heater with 0.80 EF or higher tanked (0.82 EF tankless) gas or propane water heater – $500
  • ASHP installation – Energy Star certified minimum 12.5 EER, 15 SEER, and 8.5 HSPF – $500
  • $25 for installing an Energy Star window air conditioner

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/Home-Energy-Conservation/Home-Energy-Upgrades.aspx

Affordable Housing Program

https://energy-savings-programs.ca/affordable-housing-program/#apply-now-form

Industrial Programs

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/business-energy-management/greenhouses

Smart Thermostats

Effective January 1, 2019, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. is amalgamating with Union Gas Limited to form Enbridge Gas Inc. For certainty, the Program will only be offered to eligible Participant homes located in the geographic areas served by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. prior to its amalgamation with Union Gas Limited on January 1, 2019.

Effective February 1, 2019, the Smart Thermostat incentive will be $75 and only Enbridge Gas residential customers (detached, semi-detached, row townhomes, only) who use the device to control their primary heating source of natural gas will be eligible for the incentive. All applications received on or after this date will qualify for a $75 incentive.
https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/smart-thermostats

Nest Rebate

Smart Thermostats/NEST Rebate

Union Gas: Get a $100 credit towards a new smart thermostat. This incentive is only available as part of the Union Gas Home Reno Rebate program described above.

Enbridge: Get a $100 credit on your Enbridge account when you install a qualifying smart thermostat like a NEST Learning Thermostat or a similar product. If you already installed your NEST Learning Thermostat, click here to apply for the rebate.

Hot Water Heater and Tankless Water Heater Rebates

Replacing your hot water heater with a new energy-efficient hot water heater tank or tankless system is a qualifying upgrade for both Union Gas and Enbridge, as part of their respective home upgrade incentive programs detailed above. That being said, sometimes to get money back for a hot water heater, it must be combined with other products or home energy efficiency upgrades.

In addition, credits and incentives available in other provinces also often include hot water heaters as a qualifying product (continue reading below for more details about other provinces).

City of Toronto Rebates

Home Energy Loan Program – low interest loan for home energy improvements up to $75,000

  • 5 year term – 3.75%
  • 10 year term – 4.10%
  • 15 year term – 4.30%

https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives-2/home-energy-loan-program-help/

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Make sure you get your rebates, and find out which furnace and air conditioner models, products, and other HVAC upgrades qualify!

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If you’re interested in purchasing a furnace, air conditioner or other HVAC system and would like a quote including the current rebates and credits, please simply request a quote here. We’ve partnered with local heating and cooling companies across Canada to provide home owners with top-quality products and the best prices.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large volume of calls and emails, we can only assist those interested in receiving a quote for a furnace, air conditioning or other HVAC system from one of our local distributor partners. Unfortunately, we cannot provide additional information or help you get rebates for systems you’ve already purchased. If you have already purchased a furnace or AC, please contact the company you bought it from for assistance with receiving any applicable rebates.

Alberta

Currently Alberta has a very limited amount of rebates available for consumers looking to upgrade their heating or cooling system.

Banff Rebates

Energy Audit – $100
A home energy audit helps you identify areas in your home where you can make energy efficiency improvements to save energy and money. Watch this short video to see how a home energy audit works.

Furnace – $500
Reduce your annual energy use and heating bill by installing an Energy Star certified furnace.

  • $500 rebate available for a high-efficiency (Energy Star certified) furnace from the Town of Banff. Application Form (PDF)

Solar Hot Water Heater – $650
Using sunshine to pre-heat your water can cut your annual hot water costs by up to 50%.

  • $650 rebate available for an Energy Star certified solar hot water heater from the Town of Banff. Application Form (PDF)

Learn About More Banff Energy Efficiency Rebates here.

Energy Efficiency Alberta Rebates

Beginning in April 2017, this program offers many “no-charge” energy-saving upgrades to homeowners and renters across Alberta. However, for ordinary consumers, these are mostly limited to smaller products like light bulbs and shower heads.

As far as credits and incentives for HVAC systems, these will be limited to businesses, non-profits, and other institutions.

There will however be residential financial incentives and rebates for new solar installations.

Tankless Water Heater – Up to $1,000

Natural Gas, existing tank type:

  • Conventional – $512.61
  • Conventional (Standing Pilot) – $826.67
  • Powervent – $467.58
  • Induced Draft (Standing Pilot) – $781.64

https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/home-improvement/tankless-hot-water-heater/

Water Heating Measures – $2 or $3/1,000 BUT/HR

For business, non-profits and institutional homes
https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/business-non-profit-and-institutional/eligible-products-water-heating-measures/

HVAC Measures

Many different incentives for boilers and furnaces.
For business, non-profits and institutional homes.
https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/business-non-profit-and-institutional/eligible-products-hvac-measures/

Residential and Commercial Solar Program

Solar Program Incentive of up to $0.75/W for residential (max of the lesser of $10,000 or 30% of eligible system costs)
Commercial or Non-Profit up to $0.75/W (max of the lesser of $500,000 or 25% of eligible system costs)
https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/

Smart Thermostats – $100

Qualifying models:
https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/online-rebates/smart-thermostats/

Furnace with High-Efficiency Motor (ECM) – $75

https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/online-rebates/furnaces-with-ecms/

Medicine Hat Rebates

EnerGuide Ratings – up to $10,000

Rebate of $100 per gigajoule below the “typical new house” baseline up to a max of $10,000
https://www.medicinehat.ca/government/departments/utility-sustainability/hat-smart/rebates/energuide-ratings

Solar Electric – up to $5,000

Receive a rebate of $0.75/watt to a max of $5,000 for utility customers who install solar PV systems in their homes.
https://www.medicinehat.ca/government/departments/utility-sustainability/hat-smart/rebates/solar-electric-2358

Scratch & Win – Up to $100
Save 20-100% off a small energy efficient purchase, to a max of $100
https://www.medicinehat.ca/government/departments/utility-sustainability/hat-smart/rebates/scratch-win-2360

Alberta Municipal Solar Program

Rebate of $0.55/watt to $0.90/watt
http://www.mccac.ca/programs/AMSP

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program – savings up to $0.75/W
For residents with a distribution rate class of farm, irrigation, grain drying or equivalent
https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv464

Edmonton

Building Energy Benchmarking Program – $5,000/building

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/environmental/building-energy-benchmarking-program.aspx

SunRidge – City of Lethbridge

BuiltGreen Homeowner Rebate – $2,500 for silver & $3,500 for gold
For residential new construction buildings
http://www.sunridgelethbridge.ca/page.cfm?pgID=120

British Columbia

FortisBC & BC Hydro

Customers in FortisBC’s service area can get up to $1300 when switching from oil, wood, or propane to an ENERGY STAR high-efficiency natural gas heating system like a forced-air furnace (90% AFUE or higher) or boiler system (85% AFUE or higher).

There are a number of other products that qualify for rebates, including water heater upgrades, fireplaces, insulation, and more. You can also get a $750 bonus when you make at least 3 qualifying upgrades.

Full list here available here. (Rebates are provided by BC Hydro and FortisBC, depending on the exact product, region, and other qualifying factors like household income).

NOTE: an energy audit may be required for certain upgrades, and usually must be performed BEFORE the upgrades are initiated.

BC Hydro & Fortis BC

$1000

BC Hyrdo Rebates

BC Hydro Aboriginal Upgrade Program

Aboriginal community members and non-profit housing providers can qualify for upgrades to various residential energy-consuming appliances, including heating and cooling systems. Note that in order to qualify for a furnace, you must be a FortisBC customer and must not reside in a mobile home. Other details, terms & conditions, and application info can be found here.

BC Hydro Low Income Program

Qualifying low-income residents can get a free home energy assessment and potentially, a free energy-efficient home furnace.

There are also a number of other commercial incentives, and rebates for new homes or multi-unit construction projects that meet certain energy-efficiency criteria. More details can be found on the FortisBC, and BC Hydro websites.

Heat Pump Rebate – $800 on select ductless air-source heat pumps

Net Metering 9.99 cents/kWh
Generators connected to the distribution system receive an incentive of 9.99 cents per kWh
https://www.bchydro.com/work-with-us/selling-clean-energy/net-metering.html

FortisBC Rebates

Connect To Gas
  • Converting heating system from oil, propane or wood to an eligible heating system – $1,300
  • Converting heating system from oil, propane or wood to an eligible heating system and hot water system – up to $2,700
  • Installing a natural gas direct vent wall furnace – $700
  • Installing a natural gas direct vent wall furnace and hot water system – $2,100

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/ConnectToGas/Pages/default.aspx

Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP)

Receive a free, personalized home energy evaluation and free installation of energy-saving products, including:

Energy-saving light bulbs, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, water-efficient showerheads, hot water pipe wrap, exterior door weather stripping, and free energy-efficiency advice to help you create a more comfortable home.

Some homes may qualify for a high-efficiency natural gas furnace or a furnace rebate.

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/EnergyConservationAssistanceProgram/Pages/default.aspx

EnerChoice Fireplace Program – $300 on qualify natural gas fireplaces

Must be purchased and paid for after May 1, 2016
https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/EnerChoiceFireplaceProgram/Pages/default.aspx

Home Renovations Rebate Program – $1,000

Space Heating (Electric) – variable speed, mini-split air source heat pump (ductless heat pump)
https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/HomeRenovationRebateProgram/Pages/default.aspx

Energy Saving Kit

Includes easy to install items, including a furnace filter coupon for homes with natural gas furnaces.
https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/EnergySavingKit/Pages/default.aspx

New Home Construction Energy Star Rebates

Build a home more energy efficient than the minimum BC Building Code requirements and qualify for a whole-home rebate ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. Rebates are also available for installing eligible high-efficiency and ENERGY STAR® appliances and water heaters.
https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/NewHomeProgram/Pages/default.aspx

Central Air Source Heat Pumps – Up to $2,000
  • For residential FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro
  • The home must be a single-family, duplex, row, townhouse or mobile home on a permanent foundation.

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/AirSourceHeatPumpCentralSystemRebate/Pages/default.aspx

Heat Pump Service Rebate – $50
  • You must be a residential FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Summerland, Penticton or Nelson Hydro.
  • You must have your heat pump serviced before December 31, 2019.
  • You must submit your rebate application within 60 days of your service invoice date.

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/HeatPumpTuneUpRebateProgram/Pages/default.aspx

Heat Pump Water Heater – $1,000
  • You must be a residential FortisBC or municipal electricity customer of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro.
  • The home must be a single-family, duplex, row, townhouse or mobile home on a permanent foundation.

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/HeatPumpWaterHeaterRebate/Pages/default.aspx

Rental Apartment Efficiency Program

Receive a free energy assessment with ongoing assistance and free water-efficient showerhead and faucets.

The building must:

  1. be a purpose-built rental containing a minimum of nine units
  2. receive natural gas and/or electricity under a commercial rate class from FortisBC or municipal electricity of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro
  3. have central electric1 or natural gas water heating
  4. not be slated for demolition
  5. not have water-efficient showerheads and aerators previously installed

https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/RentalApartmentEfficiencyProgram/Pages/default.aspx

Genworth Canada

Energy-Efficient Housing Program

15% or 25% premium refund on mortgage insurance applications.

15% if the home is built under one of the qualifying energy efficient building programs:

  • LEED Canada for Homes (National)
  • Built Green Canada (National)
  • Novoclimat (Quebec)
  • EnergyStar (National)
  • Greenhouse (Ontario)
  • Power Smart (Manitoba & BC)
  • GreenHome (Yukon)
  • 25% for an R-2000 home
  • OR have an EnerGuide rating of
    • 82-85 for 15%
    • 86-100 for 25%

https://genworth.ca/en/products/energy-efficient-housing-onandafter-june22.aspx

Regional District of Nanaimo

Oil to Heat Pump – $250

A program that encourages homeowners in Nanaimo & Lantzville to transition from oil heating to heat pumps.
https://www.rdn.bc.ca/oil-to-heat-pump

VHF Heritage Energy

Retrofit Grant – up to $6,000

This program is designed to complement the rebates available through the Home Renovation Rebate Program and the Oil to Heat Pump Program. Must convert gas or oil to electric air source heat pump.

https://bcenergycoach.ca/incentives/up-to-6000-heritage-energy-retrofit-grant/

Manitoba

Hydro Manitoba Rebates

Manitoba Hydro programs offering rebates on geothermal heat pumps, cold climate air source heat pumps, solar thermal water heaters, and solar photovoltaic systems.

Energy Finance Plan – up to $5,000 financed on a 5-year term at 6.75%

The loan covers qualifying upgrades
https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/loans_financing/energy_finance_plan/index.shtml

Heat Recovery Ventilator Control Program – up to $150

Upgrade or install a qualifying advanced control HRV.
https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/heating_and_cooling/hrv_program/index.shtml

Power Smart Affordable Energy Program – for low-income households or landlords

Free energy efficiency review – free insulation for attics, walls, basements, and crawlspaces.

Heating system upgrades to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace for $9.50/month (5 years; total $570).

$3,000 rebate towards high-efficiency natural gas boiler *conditions apply. And more energy saving items.
https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/affordable_energy/index.shtml

Power Smart PAYS Financing – 4.9% for a max term of 20 years for residential space heating equipment

Can be used on residential space heating equipment and residential water heating equipment & more.
https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/power_smart/pays/index.shtml

Power Smart Residential Loan – up to $7,500 financing at 4.8% for the first 5 years

Can be used on residential space heating equipment and residential water heating equipment & more.
https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/power_smart/residential_loan/

Residential Earth Power Loan – up to $30,000 loan at 4.9% for the first 5 years

Can be used on geothermal heat pumps, cold climate air source heat pumps, solar thermal water heaters, or solar photovoltaic systems.

  • $20,000 – geothermal
  • $10,000  – air source
  • $7,500 – solar thermal water heaters
  • $30,000 – solar photovoltaic panels

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/power_smart/earth_power_loan/index.shtml

Commercial Geothermal Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/geothermal_heat_pumps/index.shtml

Commercial Bioenergy Optimization Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/bioenergy_optimization/index.shtml

Commercial Custom Measures Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/custom_measures/index.shtml

Commercial HVAC Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/hvac/index.shtml

Commercial & Industrial Natural Gas Optimization Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/natural_gas_optimization/index.shtml

New Buildings Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/new_building/index.shtml

Commercial & Industrial Performance Optimization Program

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/pop/index.shtml

Energy Efficiency Screening Studies

https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/screening_studies/index.shtml

Newfoundland

Take Charge! Rebates

Thermostat Rebate

  • Programmable thermostat – $10/unit
  • Electronic thermostat – $5/unit

https://takechargenl.ca/residential/rebate-programs/thermostat-rebate/

HRV Rebate

https://takechargenl.ca/residential/rebate-programs/hrv-rebate/

Business Programmable Thermostat – Rebate is customized for each business

https://takechargenl.ca/business/product-rebates/programmable-thermostats/

Rooftop Air Source Heat Pump Rebate – $300/ton

https://takechargenl.ca/business/product-rebates/rooftop-air-source-heat-pumps/

ECM Motor – Free automatic upgrade to an energy efficient ECM motor for each motor you need replaced

https://takechargenl.ca/business/product-rebates/electrically-commutated-motors/

Government of Newfoundland & Take Charge!

60 Month Financing Plans – 4.7% interest rate through EELP program

Primary heating must be electric, must have one year history with Newfoundland Power, property must have 12 months history with Newfoundland Power, and homes must meet minimum insulation levels.

  • Electric Water Heater – $1000 for most models; $1425 for long-life heaters with 15yrs minimum warranty – 36 months
  • R-2000 Upgrades – $10,000 – 60 months
  • Electric Heating Systems & Heat Pumps – $10,000 – 60 months
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems – $5,000 – 60 months
  • Service Upgrades – $10,000 – 60 months
  • Home Energy Assessment – $750 – 36 months

LINKS:
https://www.newfoundlandpower.com/My-Account/Services/Financing-Plans
https://takechargenl.ca/residential/tips-products/heat-pumps/

Newfoundland & Labrador Housing Rebates

Home Energy Savings Program – up to $5,000 per unit

HESP is a provincial initiative designed to assist households with low income who consume 15,000 kWh of electricity annually in making energy efficient retrofits to their homes.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) will provide a pre and post-energy inspection.  All repairs will be identified through an energy evaluation, which will determine the best possible solutions for energy efficiency.

For owners of single, row and semi-detached housing, assistance is available in the form of a grant up to $5,000 per unit.  Homeowners must have an income of $32,500 or less per year and consume 15,000kWh of electricity annually.

Condo owners are not eligible for HESP assistance.  If you have already received REEP assistance you are not eligible.

https://www.nlhc.nl.ca/housing-programs/home-energy-savings-program-hesp/

New Brunswick

NB Power

Many rebates are available for geothermal, heat pumps, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and solar upgrades.

An initial home energy evaluation must be booked and paid for ($99+HST)

conditions apply to each incentive.

https://www.nbpower.com/en/save-energy/residential/rebates/

Nova Scotia

Clean Foundation Rebates

Clean Energy Financing – Low-Interest Financing at 4%

Available in District of Lunenburg, Shelburne, Digby, Barrington and the Town of Bridgewater.

Interest rates may be subject to change.

Maximum financing amounts:

  • Barrington $10,000
  • Digby $15,000
  • Shelburne $15,000
  • Lunenburg $10,000
  • Bridgwater $15,000-20,000

Financing is available for a variety of clean energy upgrades and certain conditions & fees will apply.

LINKS:
https://clean.ns.ca/clean-energy-financing/
https://clean.ns.ca/clean-energy-financing/clean-energy-financing-faqs/

Efficiency Nova Scotia Rebates

Home Energy Assessment – up to $5,000 in rebates and low-interest financing (4.99%) up to $25,000 for 5 years

In electrically heated homes, after doing a $99 assessment the advisors will fully evaluate your home and provide you with ways to help you save energy and money.  If any recommended upgrades are completed within 12 months, you can qualify for rebates.

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/home-energy-assessment/#tab-resources

  • Ductless mini-split heat pump – good $400; better $500; best $700
  • Central ducted air source heat pump – good $1,500; better $1,600; best $1,750
  • Air to water heat pump – good $1,500; better $1,600; best $1,750
  • Geothermal heat pump – good $600; better $700; best $800
  • Heat pump water heater – good $250; better $300; best $350
  • Solar water heater – good $1,100; better $1,200; best $1,250

Good = 0-1 green upgrades
Better = 2 green upgrades
Best = 3+ green upgrades

Instead of rebates, you can choose 4.99% financing: Good $2,500-$15,000; better up to $20,000; best up to $25,000. https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/home-energy-assessment/

Instant Savings – $2 – $75

Receive instant savings in-store on dozens of easy to install products, including programmable thermostats.
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/instant-savings/

Drain Water Heat Recovery – $100

You can receive $100 for upgrading to a drain water heat recovery system, after a Home Energy Assessment.
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/drain-water-heat-recovery/

Heat Recovery Ventilation – $300

You can receive $300 for upgrading to heat recovery ventilation after a Home Energy Assessment.
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/heat-recovery-ventilation/

Programmable Thermostats – $15 – $45 instant in-store discount

$15 per 1-2 pack OR $45 per pack of 3 or more
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/programmable-thermostats/

HomeWarming – No-Charge Energy Assessment & Possible Free Home Upgrades


Available to low-income households who have not taken advantage of the HomeWarming or Low Income Homeowner Service before.

  • 1 person – $21,487 max
  • 2-4 people – $39,926 max
  • 5 or more – $56,861 max

Condos, multi-unit buildings and rentals do not qualify
https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/home-warming/

New Home Construction – up to $7,000

Pay $99 for an energy advisor to review your building plans and make recommendations, and you can receive:

  • $2,000 rebate for 30% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or 45% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared
  • $5,000 rebate for 45% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or 65% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared
  • $7,000 rebate for 65% better than code for homes less than or equal to 1,200 ft squared, or
    75% better than code for homes greater than 1,200 ft squared or CHBA NetZero-Ready, CHBA NetZero, Passive House Certification.

You have one year from your registration date to complete construction of the home and have the final energy assessment performed.

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/new-home-construction/#tab-get-started

Business High Efficiency Air Source Heat Pumps – Up to $725/ton

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/high-efficiency-air-source-heat-pumps/

Business Ground/Water Source Heat Pumps – Up to $600/ton

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/ground-water-source-heat-pumps/

Business Natural Gas Water Heating – Up to $800

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/natural-gas-water-heating/

Business Heat Pump Water Heating – Up to $800

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/product/heat-pump-water-heating/

Green Heat Rebates

Heat Pump Rebates – Up to $2,500

https://www.efficiencyns.ca/service/home-heating/

Prince Edward Island

efficiencyPEI Rebates

Home Energy Audit Program – Rebate up to $100

Contact efficiencyPEI to be sure your equipment qualifies before you purchase.

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/home-insulation-rebates

Energy Efficient Equipment Rebates

Low-income is defined as an annual household income of $35,000 or less.

Heat Pumps
Mini-split (ductless) Air Source Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Regular Rebate: up to $1,200
  • Heat Pump Low-income Rebate: up to $2,400
  • Must be ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018
Central (ducted or air-to-water) Air Source Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Regular Rebate: up to $2,500
  • Heat Pump Low-income Rebate: up to $4,500
  • Must be ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018
Ground Source (Geothermal) Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Regular Rebate: up to $4,000
  • Heat Pump Low-income Rebate: up to $7,500
  • Must be ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2018
Boilers and Heaters
Oil Boiler
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
  • Must have an AFUE of 87.0% or higher
  • Must be ENERGY STAR certified
Oil Furnace
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
  • Must have an AFUE of 94.0% or higher
  • Must be ENERGY STAR certified
Propane Boiler or Propane Furnace
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
  • Must have an AFUE of 95.0% (boiler) or 97.0% (furnace) or higher
  • Must be ENERGY STAR certified
Electric Thermal Storage Furnace – Summerside
  • Regular Rebate: up to $1500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $2750
  • Must be through City of Summerside Electric Utility “Heat for Less Now!” program
Electric Thermal Storage Heater – Summerside
  • Regular Rebate: up to $750
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $1400
  • Must be through City of Summerside Electric Utility “Heat for Less Now!” program
Hot Water Heaters and Recovery
Electric Thermal Hot Water Heater – Summerside
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
  • Must be through City of Summerside Electric Utility “Heat for Less Now!” program
Solar Thermal Hot Water Heater
  • Regular Rebate: up to $1500
  • Low-income Rebate : up to $2750
  • Must be CAN/CSA F379 certified or ENERGY STAR certified
Tankless Propane Hot Water Heater
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
  • Must be ENERGY STAR with energy factor of 0.90 or higher
Air Source Heat Pump (Hybrid) Hot Water Heater
  • Regular Rebate: up to $1000
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $1800
  • Must be ENERGY STAR with energy factor of 2.0 or higher (<55 gal.)
Indirect Hot Water Heater
  • Regular Rebate: up to $500
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $900
Drain Water Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilator
  • Regular Rebate: up to $1000
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $1800
  • Must be ENERGY STAR
Biomass Heat
Biomass Stove
  • Regular Rebate: up to $1000
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $1800
  • Must be EPA approved
Biomass Boiler / Furnace
  • Regular Rebate: up to $2000
  • Low-income Rebate: up to $3500
  • Must be EPA approved

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/energy-efficient-equipment-rebates

Home Energy Low-Income Program

For residents with a total household income of $50,000 or less. The program provides installation of a programmable thermostat, low flow showerhead, a voucher for a free furnace cleaning and a quantity of Energy Star LED light bulbs.
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/home-energy-low-income-program-help

New Home Construction Incentives – up to $5,000

Pay for an energy assessment ($99+HST) and after having your plans reviewed and building your home, a follow-up assessment will be conducted to determine its efficiency.  You will receive either:

  • Energy Star for new homes OR EnerGuide rating of 20% better than code – $2,000 rebate
  • R2000 OR EnerGuide rating of 50% better than code – $5,000 rebate

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/new-home-construction-incentives

Commercial Energy Audit Program – up to $1,000

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/commercial-energy-audit-program

Quebec

Revenu Quebec

Renovert Tax Credit – Up to $10,000 (20% of qualified expenditures)

https://www.revenuquebec.ca/en/citizens/tax-credits/renovert-tax-credit/

  • Single family home, mobile home, condo, apartment, or cottage that is normally occupied.
  • The tax credit is extended until March 31, 2019
  • Credits are available for heating systems, air conditioning systems, water heating systems, and other renewable energy devices.

Here is the list: https://www.revenuquebec.ca/en/citizens/tax-credits/renovert-tax-credit/recognized-renovation-work/

Novoclimat

Financial Assistance for Novoclimat Homes – up to $4,000

http://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/my-home/novoclimat/homes/#.XFq-I1wzbIU

  • $2,000 for first-time owner of a Novoclimat certified home.
  • Additional $2,000 for persons buying their first home.

Energir Rebates

Supplement for Low-Income Household:

https://www.energir.com/en/residential/customer-centre/reduce-my-consumption/energy-efficiency-grants/supplement/

Electronic programmable thermostat grant – $25:

https://www.energir.com/en/residential/grants/customers/electronic-programmable-thermostat/

Smart Thermostat Grant – Up to $100

Cannot exceed 75% of the cost of the device
https://www.energir.com/en/residential/customer-centre/reduce-my-consumption/energy-efficiency-grants/thermostat-intelligent/

Boiler Rebates
  • $1,200 for installation and purchase when adding a natural gas hot water boiler
  • $1,275 Blue Heating Rebate towards converting your oil-fired system to a new natural gas one
  • $900 extra for choosing a condensing boiler

https://www.energir.com/en/residential/grants/customers/adding-boiler/

Quebec Government Rebates

Renoclimat – Financial Assistance up to $5,365

http://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/my-home/renoclimat/financial-assistance/#.XFq_mVwzbIV

Dwellings (single family, mobile, rooming houses, etc.), duplexes, triplexes, multi-unit buildings with 4-20 units.

Heat recovery ventilator – $490

For new installation only

Drain water heat recovery unit – $80-165

For new installation only and based on the efficiency of the unit

Geothermal systems
  • $5,365 for complete installation
  • $2,115 for replacement of a heat pump
Air-source heat pump – $650

For installation or complete replacement

https://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/my-home/renoclimat/financial-assistance/installing-mechanical-systems/#c4193

Amounts for multi-unit housing can be found here: https://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/my-home/renoclimat/financial-assistance/amounts-for-multiple-unit-housing/#.WsKEIy7waUk

Chauffez Vert – Financial assistance up to $1,275 for single home and more for multi-unit homes

Extended until March 31, 2021

For replacement of a heating system:

  • Single family home: heating oil $1,275; propane $850
  • Semi-detached or row: heating oil $875; propane $650
  • Mobile home: heating oil $1,075; propane $600

Multi-unit homes replacement of heating system:

  • Duplex/triplex: heating oil $875x # of units; propane $650x #of units
  • Multi-unit residential building: heating oil $550x # of units; propane $225x # of units

Water heater conversion:

  • Single family home: heating oil $250; propane $200
  • Duplex/triplex: heating oil $250; propane $200
  • Multi-unit: heating oil $250x # of units OR # of water heaters installed; propane $200x # of units OR # of water heaters installed

LINKS:
https://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/my-home/chauffez-vert/financial-assistance/#.WsKFxy7waUk

Saskatchewan

Province of Saskatchewan

All Energy Star certified furnaces, boilers, ground and air source heat pumps are exempt from PST
https://www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/specialoffers.asp

SaskEnergy Rebates
Commercial Boiler Program – up to $40,200

Program is valid until November 30, 2019
https://www.saskenergy.com/business/commercialboiler.asp

Commercial HVAC Program on eligible equipment only

https://www.saskenergy.com/business/hvac.asp

Other Provinces

Currently the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia appear to have among the most residential furnace, air conditioner and related HVAC rebates available. Many of the current incentive programs in other provinces are currently mostly targeting either:

  • businesses, and other larger buildings and energy users
  • other energy consumption areas like lighting

For more information about the current home renovation and heating & cooling rebates available across Canada, including for businesses, please see Natural Resources Canada’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Usually you must pay for the upgrades yourself and you will receive a partial refund in the mail afterwards.

In most cases, the process is as follows:

  1. you check for available rebates in your area and carefully study the terms and requirements (you may try speaking to a trusted local contractor for help). You may have to fill out an application first.
  2. if required, you have an energy audit done by a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) that’s approved by the entity offering the rebate
  3. you have the upgrades done by a reputable local HVAC contractor (remember, in some cases the company must be registered with the rebate-providing entity. We get contacted daily by people who don’t qualify for the available rebates because they went with the cheapest company they could find or a well-meaning relative. Do your research and ideally opt for an established HVAC contractor)
  4. in some cases the contractor is responsible for applying for the rebates after the work is done, or it may be up to you. Sometimes a final energy audit is required
  5. you’ll typically receive a reimbursement cheque in the mail

The process outlined here is just a general guideline and the details will obviously vary in your case. That’s why it can be a good idea to enlist the help of a local HVAC expert ahead of time to help you through the process of replacing your furnace and getting the rebates.

Note that in certain cases (e.g. specific programs for aboriginals) may pay for the upgrades directly but this is relatively rare.

You must almost always apply prior or meet certain pre-installation criteria to qualify. Here some criteria that you may be required to meet (varies by rebate program, obviously):

  • work done by a registered company
  • pre and post renovation/furnace upgrade energy audit(s)
  • purchase of an ENERGY STAR models or other specific model requriements
  • certain level of energy consumption decrease achieved
  • sometimes more than one upgrade must be done (e.g. new furnace AND water heater)
  • must live in eligible region (specific city, province, or be a customer of the gas utility offering the rebate)
  • if the rebate is being offered by a utility company, your account must most likely be in good standing
  • certain programs are geared to low-income homeowners for example, so specific income or other criteria may apply

These are just examples; every program will have its own requirements that must be met.

Typically anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1000 or more, depending on the rebate program, how many eligible upgrades are completed (furnace, thermostat, insulation, etc). Remember that you must usually pay for the upgrades first and then receive a cheque afterwards.

In the majority of cases, no. (A limited number of programs may offer “no charge” upgrades but this will be stipulated clearly in the program description.)

Assuming you met all the criteria, you will typically receive the money within a few months of the renovations or HVAC system upgrades being completed.

Often it comes in the form of a cheque in the mail, though in some cases you may get a credit on your natural gas utility company account, for example (e.g. your Enbridge account).

Many of them are offered either by government entities, or by utility companies (e.g. Union Gas, BC Hydro, etc), sometimes with funding from the government.

It varies by rebate program, so it is best to check the exact rebate deadlines in your area for each program. Generally the sooner you can replace your furnace or other upgrade the better to ensure you make the cut.

In many cases, an energy audit by an approved and Certified Energy Auditor must be completed before AND after the work is done. However certain programs like the Ontario Power Authority/Save on Energy rebates do not require an energy audit (though other conditions do apply).

The catch is you must meet a specific list of criteria and other requirements to receive the rebates. And in almost all cases, you must verify that you meet the criteria BEFORE replacing your furnace, A/C or other system. And you must usually pay for the upgrades yourself and be reimbursed afterwards.

This varies by rebate program, however the most common products covered are high-efficiency forced-air furnaces, hot water heaters and tankless water heaters, boilers, smart thermostats, and somewhat less commonly central air conditioner replacements, ductless mini-split heat pumps, and HRVs/ERVs.

Note that the rebates often also cover various other home energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, windows, etc however this particular rebate guide focuses on HVAC-related rebates.

Sometimes a portion of the required energy audit is also covered.

Because your utility company is mean. Just kidding, the availability of rebates will vary over time, and is most often tied to funding by provincial or local governments.

Even if there are no rebates available, it may still very well be worth upgrading your furnace, A/C or water heater. Especially if your current system is older than 10-15 years, you may achieve considerable savings on your utility bills/heating/electricity costs, as well as improvements in your home’s comfort level, heating & cooling performance, temperature consistency, fewer repair and maintenance costs, even a reduction in unit noise levels, as well as improving the value of your home.

Check out our current deals page to find out about other current offers in your area that can help you save on a new HVAC system!

Unfortunately, you must often apply for or meet certain criteria BEFORE the work is done in order to qualify so it’s always best to do your research prior to starting any renovations or removing your old furnace or air conditioner. WE CANNOT HELP YOU IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REPLACED YOUR FURNACE OR OTHER SYSTEM. PLEASE CONTACT THE COMPANY THAT YOU DEALT WITH DIRECTLY.

Getting heating and cooling rebates does take some additional work and time. If you are pressed for time, like if your furnace broke down in the middle of winter, you may not have the luxury of going through the additional steps of applying for rebates, for example.

However if you do have the time and inclination, you can often get at least a partial refund of the cost, sometimes over $1000. So if you’re considering upgrading your HVAC system, it is often worth it to at least look into it and ask a trusted local contractor about prior to investing in a new home furnace.

With the use of a high efficiency furnace you can cut down on the energy consumption of your home while potentially also improving the comfort level. New ENERGY STAR furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and other systems are often significantly more energy-efficient than older units. If you want to lower your home’s energy consumption, a furnace is one of the best investments that you can make.

Replacing your furnace or making other home renovations can obviously require a costly initial investment. Fortunately there are sometimes provincial government rebates, grants, and tax credits or rebates from your utility company that you can use in order to supplement the cost of a new furnace and recoup some of the money.

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