We are proud to inform you that the Home Energy Conservation Program, delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution, is providing qualifying homeowners with an incentive of up to $1600. The program makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to lower their energy bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out if the homeowner qualifies:
1 - The primary home heating source must be: natural gas, electricity, oil, propane, or wood.
2 - They are an Enbridge Gas customer and have a valid Enbridge Gas account in good standing OR if they heat their home with electricity, oil, wood, or propane- they must provide a current tax bill for the property.
3 - They must use an Enbridge approved Service Organization to deliver the home energy audit. The Registered Energy Advisor (REA) will help guide the homeowner through the rebate process.
4 - They must complete at least two of the Home Energy Upgrades as recommended by the REA and achieve a minumum of 15% annual fuel savings.*
Home Energy Upgrades include:
High-Efficiency Furnace, Boiler or Fireplace (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
High-Efficiency Water Heating System Upgrade (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
Air Source Heat Pump Installation
Attic Insulation Upgrade
Basement Wall Insulation Upgrade
Drain Water Heat Recovery System Installation
Wall Insulation Upgrade
Exposed Floor Insulation
5 - They must complete pre and post energy audits from the same REA by December 31, 2017.
Receive up to $1600 in incentives:
By achieving a minimum of 15% in energy savings you can earn:
$150 - Immediate discount on their first pre-retrofit energy audit
$350 - Covering the remaining cost of your energy audits (not including HST), after completing at least 2 of the recommended upgrades and final post-retrofit energy audit
$1,100 - Towards the cost of your home energy upgrades - after your second energy audit proving you achieved a minimum of 15% in energy savings*
*Natural gas and alternative fuel savings are based on approved modeling software. Only one enrollment for incentive per household is permitted. The Home Energy Conservation Program is only available for residential detached homes, towns and semis- no multi-residential buildings or condos.
Product Updates for Eligible HVAC Measures included in the Save on Energy Heating and Cooling Program – Coming July 2017
The IESO will be removing the CAC incentives for the SEER 14.5 & 15 (EER 12 & 12.5) from the program as of June 30, 2017 and will be introducing incentives for the following products starting July 1, 2017:
All gas fireplaces need an annual inspection by licensed gas technician in order to operate properly. This is a very important practice. Because gas fireplaces burn clean and are very easy to take care of, some assume that this means it doesn’t need cleaning. While it is true that gas fireplaces are both efficient and low maintenance, it’s a known fact that any appliance can become a nuisance if neglected. That is why you need an annual inspection of your gas fireplace. By cleaning your fireplace and chimney, you can put your mind at ease when you start your unit this season.
Every fireplace or insert should be cleaned annually. This is due to the hard work a fireplace puts in with each use, when it is heating your home. It‘s best to get your fireplace checked each spring; that way you will have a flawlessly functioning fireplace all year round, but whatever schedule is easiest for you will work for the fireplace too.
Debris & gunk
Debris likes to hang out in the vents, in the flue and inside the chimney. This needs to be removed, as it will restrict airflow and might smell bad. Gas fireplace debris includes:
Ceramic or faux log inserts can eventually deteriorate with use, clinging to the sides of the insert and getting trapped.
Dirty Glass doors or frame
Chipped or scratched glass can become a hazard over time. It can meddle with the heat output of your fireplace, and no one wants that. If this is the case, you will need to get it cleaned or replaced.
The inside and outside of a gas fireplace needs to be cleaned once every few years. Think about it, after all those gorgeous fires it’s bound to get a little dirty in there. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and use approved products for cleaning. Check with your technician, to see if they offer cleaning services.
Remember: If you have a masonry fireplace with a gas log set insert, inspect the logs with every annual inspection.
What Happens during an gas fireplace inspection?
During an inspection, the technician will first take a look at the exterior. This includes making sure glass is not chipped, cracked, or dirty, and that the framework is holding up sufficiently. While checking for dents or debris, the technician will also look at the interior gas ignition under the log structure and make sure it is lighting flawlessly. They also make sure your log set is not deteriorating in any way. Often times, the face of the unit will to be taken off, so they can inspect the valves and connections underneath your fireplace or insert. They will make sure your fireplace’s heat output is correct, and clean up any residue that has started to block any ports or vents. After a routine check, your technician should make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors, and that you are aware of any repairs your gas fireplace may need. Certified gas technicians have a wealth of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your fireplace or insert, don’t be afraid to ask.
Thousands of Canadians get deceived each year by untrustworthy salespeople coming to their door selling everything from air conditioning units to hot water tanks to new furnaces. They say they’re from a legitimate business or utility company and seem to have compelling proof – a nametag or an official-looking clipboard. But in fact they are attempting to persuade unsuspecting homeowners to purchase products they don’t need, and at an inflated price. At this time of year they might tell you your air conditioning unit is outdated, against code, even contains dangerous refrigerants. They aim to frighten, and in some cases convince people to sign into multi-year rental or payment schemes that are impossible to get out of.
You can protect yourself by checking to see if the seller has a well-marked vehicle and asking for proper identification. Ask them to leave their business card, and advise them you will contact them at a later date once you’ve done your research. If they insist the offer is limited to that moment, this should set off warning bells. And never let them into your home unless it was arranged in advance, once their credentials have been assessed.Utility companies and respected heating and AC suppliers rarely sell door-to-door. Similarly, if a utility is servicing an area, it will inform residents in advance, and never ask to see a bill as it already has that information on file.
When buying or renting a water heater, furnace or air conditioner, do it from a trusted store or through a licensed contractor. Make sure you have plenty of time – days even – to review the product information, the options and, most importantly, the fine print. Consumers can learn more and locate a qualified contractor to service their furnace and air conditioning systems by going to our Contractor Locator page, HRAI You Tube channel or calling 1-877-467-HRAI (4724). All HRAI Member Contractors have been prescreened and have the required trade licenses, technical certifications and insurance coverage.
When starting a new renovation project for your home, you want to hire only the most qualified tradespeople to make sure the job gets done right. After all, if you wouldn't hire an uncertified doctor to look after your health, then why would you consider contracting an uncertified electrician to wire your home?
In Ontario there are 156 skilled trades, 22 of which are compulsory, meaning anyone practicing the work of these trades is legally required to be certified and a member of the Ontario College of Trades. This includes work on your plumbing, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
Ensure the tradespeople you're hiring to perform compulsory work at your home are certified to perform the work by checking with the college, the regulatory body for tradespeople in the province.
“Before you have any work done on your building or renovation project, or any work that involves a compulsory trade, check the Public Register on the College's website and quickly find out if the tradesperson you are speaking with is qualified to do the job,” recommends Bob Onyschuk, the director of compliance and enforcement at the College. “If they don't have an active membership, they are not legally certified to perform the trade in Ontario.”
Here are five tips to consider when planning your next project that will save you money and stress:
1. Maintain and grow your property investment and experience fewer of the costly mistakes made by unqualified workers.
2. Keep your family safe from work performed by uncertified workers by hiring certified tradespeople to do the job.
3. Get discounts from your certified tradesperson's preferred suppliers and use their recycled materials and retrofitted equipment wherever possible.
4. Never pay the full amount up front to ensure the work gets completed.
5. Check if the compulsory tradespeople you plan to hire are certified by visiting