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Attic Insulation - Enbridge Rebate - worth it?

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Attic Insulation - Enbridge Rebate - worth it?

Hello - I need to have my attic insulation upgraded - it's an old semi-detached townhouse, and my bedrooms upstairs are always few degrees colder/warmer than main floor. I found out that currently in ON there's a rebate from Enbridge, if I combine Attic insulation with another energy saving upgrade. As per their website, I will be eligible for up to $650 in rebates ($500 for Attic Insulation; $150 for Air Sealing), however in order for me to qualify, a Registered Energy Advisors will need to visit my house and complete an audit, which may cost me up to $300.

I was wondering if it's worth it going through all this.
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It's an annoying process, you should read through it in more depth to be aware of everything.

I've known a number of people who have done it and got the credits fine, and a lot more people who didn't even bother with it.

Generally, the process is this;

Pay $250? + tax for an audit.

Do 2 upgrades within a time frame and document it.

Pay $250? + tax for another audit.

IF you meet the target reduction, you will get the rebate plus the audit costs covered.
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Is there other criteria? Like age of house need to be 1999 or earlier built?
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I cannot comment on the rebate but we did our attic a couple of years ago - under that Ontario energy program - and wow what a difference. 2nd floor is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
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Good to know result! How much did it cost total and how much rebate you end up getting back?
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I was looking at something similar in BC. I quickly decided against the program as I needed the work to be done by a 'qualified' installer so I could not DIY. If you break down the cost, I saved over $1,000 by DIY over the contractor, rebate, assessment route.
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azybcxrfd wrote: Good to know result! How much did it cost total and how much rebate you end up getting back?
I was about $300 out of pocket, the remainder was covered by the rebate program. The program covered windows, electric cars and attic insulation. I wanted to do windows as well but didn't have time before Ford cancelled the program.
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If the insulation is thin, absolutely worth it. The year-to-year energy consumption figures (we only have electric for heating) indicated a pretty good reduction. Haven't been able to improve on it since. House is cooler in summer and warmer in winter (or same temp but less energy required to maintain).
craftsman wrote: I was looking at something similar in BC. I quickly decided against the program as I needed the work to be done by a 'qualified' installer so I could not DIY. If you break down the cost, I saved over $1,000 by DIY over the contractor, rebate, assessment route.
The rebate in BC would be o.k. if it wasn't capped ($900, calculated at 2¢/R- value s.f.). If it wasn't capped my rebate would have been 2x as much which would have made it almost the same as getting it done. Only good thing was I wrote a review on the insulation (Owens Corning) and won an iPhone XS which made up the difference.
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Insulation is totally worth it. You can DIY for about $300 in insulation bags and blow it in yourself with some helpers. Even paying $1000 to have someone do it is also worth it.
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engineered wrote: Insulation is totally worth it. You can DIY for about $300 in insulation bags and blow it in yourself with some helpers. Even paying $1000 to have someone do it is also worth it.
Yep. The big box stores will generally have sales on the stuff as well - ie 20% - and if you buy enough, they will lend you the insulation blower for free! So, if you have an afternoon, a econo-van to haul the stuff to your house, a strong back, a helper with a strong back, and a case of cold beer (for afterwards as you will need to return the blower so no drinking while insulating!), it can be done easily enough. And while you are there, insulate and seal the attic hatch.

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