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[Green Ontario Fund] ON - new Gov't rebates for insulation heat pumps, etc

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ON - new Gov't rebates for insulation heat pumps, etc

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New provincial gov't rebate announced today for insulation, heat pumps, etc. The insulation rebates ($1-$2/sqft) look pretty generous, especially on a cold day like this :-) . Also a nice website with an at-a-glance view listing multiple programs from gas & electricity providers. Click on My Home and fill in your postal code.
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I am looking to install some insulation...but according to the rule, to receive the rebate i'll have to use a GreenOn approved contractor to do it for me. I rather do it myself to save the money.

"Who Can Participate
Using participating contractors, Ontario residents who live in a detached home, townhome or semi can take part in GreenON Rebates. If you rent, you must have the written permission of the landlord."
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superduder wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 12:02 pm
I am looking to install some insulation...but according to the rule, to receive the rebate i'll have to use a GreenOn approved contractor to do it for me. I rather do it myself to save the money.

"Who Can Participate
Using participating contractors, Ontario residents who live in a detached home, townhome or semi can take part in GreenON Rebates. If you rent, you must have the written permission of the landlord."
Then the whole scheme wouldn't work. The contractor pays into the program to be registered as an approved contractor, the Ontario participants in this program then pay the approved contractor for installation. The fund then either pays out most or all of the money back to participants from the contractor's slush fund.

Whatever you do, just don't tell the contractor that you'll be applying for the govt. rebate while you're in the quoting process.
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Looks like there's $100 off of smart thermostats as well, not bad if you didn't get in on the GreenOn program previously.
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Jeenyus1 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 12:18 pm

Whatever you do, just don't tell the contractor that you'll be applying for the govt. rebate while you're in the quoting process.
Why is that? Will they raise prices?
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superduder wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 12:02 pm
I am looking to install some insulation...but according to the rule, to receive the rebate i'll have to use a GreenOn approved contractor to do it for me. I rather do it myself to save the money.

"Who Can Participate
Using participating contractors, Ontario residents who live in a detached home, townhome or semi can take part in GreenON Rebates. If you rent, you must have the written permission of the landlord."

Thanks for sharing!
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Does it say anywhere when the program ends? I couldn't find anything.
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does anybody know when the program start date is? I just hired people and is having my windows replace and installed today =(
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IntrepidRT wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 12:22 pm
Looks like there's $100 off of smart thermostats as well, not bad if you didn't get in on the GreenOn program previously.
Speaking of which, has anybody had any response to this beyond the initial email?
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Insulation esp for attic worth every penny. I did with my own pocket money 2 years ago, my energy bill is significantly reduced and winters and summers are much comfortable. I think new building codes require R50 and I did R60+. It was our first, my buddy and I, with a six pack, done in about 5 hrs *. Although I paid all by myself and wish there was a similar program back then, I'm glad gov of Ontario started a program for home insulation. For out of province RFDers, DIY mostly cost half of certified contractors and I strongly recommend insulating your attic if it's below R50 (most houses are).

Now planning to replace my toilets with high efficient models to save water and hope there will be gov, city or utility refunds by then. I did one, very happy and have 3 more to go.

Again, whether there is a rebate/refund, etc, or not I'd strongly recommend attic insulation (which benefit the most but if you have the budget, do others, e.g. walls, windows, etc as well)

* (I completed installing rafter vents a week earlier which was a tough job and also stapled attic insulation depth measurement papers on studs every few feet -you may get them free of charge from hardware stores displayed next to your favorite insulation material- to measure the deepness and to check even distribution. Papers show the deepness level in inches and corresponding R value which helps to eliminate guess work. In most materials R60 is equal to 22" of depth. Attic needs a lot of air ventilation and when you blow insulation materials they may block soffit vents. Keep in mind attic temp may reach up to 50+ Celsius when sun rise even in the morning so I'd suggest to wait for a cloudy/rainy day for the final job. Some contractors may ignore installing rafter vents for a quick job/cost cutting, don't!)
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noxlen wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 1:08 pm
Speaking of which, has anybody had any response to this beyond the initial email?
Nope.......still patiently waiting. I'll probably be moved into my new home before they show up :P
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teelin wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 1:04 pm
does anybody know when the program start date is? I just hired people and is having my windows replace and installed today =(
Hasn't it started already? To qualify you need an energy audit performed before and after the work.
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Dec 13th, 2017 1:12 pm
Insulation esp for attic worth every penny. I did with my own pocket money 2 years ago, my energy bill is significantly reduced and winters and summers are much comfortable. I think new codes require R50 and I did R60. It was our first, my buddy and I, with a six pack, done in about 5 hrs. Although I paid all by myself and wish there was a similar program back then, I'm glad gov of Ontario started a program for house insulation. For out of province RFDers, DIY mostly cost half of certified contractors and I strongly recommend insulating your attic if it's below R50 (most houses are).

Now planning to replace my toilets with high high efficient models to save water and wish there will be gov, city or utility refunds by then. I did one, very happy and have 3 more to replace.

Again, whether there is a rebate/refund, etc, or not I'd strongly recommend attic insulation (which benefit the more but if you have the budget, do others, e.g. walls, windows, etc as well)
+1. I upgraded my furnace and did insulation on my old home the last time we had good rebates.

I also did my own attic, which was pretty easy. Hardest part is installing the baffles. Got cellulose from Lowes and they lend the blower for free. I blew in well over R60 because my small attic couldn't take as much as they were rebating.
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noxlen wrote:
Dec 13th, 2017 1:08 pm
Speaking of which, has anybody had any response to this beyond the initial email?
A co-worker who lives around the 401 in Toronto had his installed last week. My Mom in Oakville just got notification to book her appointment. I live downtown Toronto, was the first of the three of us to sign up, and I haven't heard anything.
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Anyone with half a brain can install insulation. Dont bother going threw this program your gonna end up charged a stupid amount from the contractor you would save more money.buying it yourself and doing it

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