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Enbridge Smart Savings Rebate

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Enbridge Smart Savings Rebate

Hoping folks can share their feedback of what the assessment consisted of.

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/Rebate ... grams.aspx

My semi was built in 2008, I’d like to replace my water heater with a tankless unit and add basement rigid insulation. Hoping I can recoup some of these costs through this program.

Thanks!!
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Martyji wrote: Hoping folks can share their feedback of what the assessment consisted of.

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/Rebate ... grams.aspx

My semi was built in 2008, I’d like to replace my water heater with a tankless unit and add basement rigid insulation. Hoping I can recoup some of these costs through this program.

Thanks!!
Is the rigid insulation one of the eligible upgrades?
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In the link basement insulation qualifies for up to $1250. I’d like to get rid of the pink fiberglass wall blanket and replace with rigid foam.
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Figured it out, contact the energy auditors and ask them. My improvements would quality and I have booked an appt for Thursday.
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Martyji wrote: Figured it out, contact the energy auditors and ask them. My improvements would quality and I have booked an appt for Thursday.
What is the assessment cost? From reading the link Enbridge will refund you $500 for the assessment(s) (pre and post)

I will be doing my basement in a few months and looking at my options. My coworker mentioned the rebates to me earlier today. The $5000 seems great but obviously there are requirements to hit that amount. Not sure I'd be open to increasing my insulation on my exterior walls all throughout the house. But my unfinished basement on the other hand, seems like an easy tradeoff. Be it spray foam or rigid foam.
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I'd almost swear there used to be more detailed information on the Enbridge site with more specifics about the various types of upgrades and requirements?? You also used to have to put in your postal code to see what you could qualify for.

Was there also a cutoff date for homes like homes built before 2000??
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A house built in 2008 probably has full height r12 or possibly r20 and you won't get much for replacing with foam - though foam is a much for basements, they look at r-values.

Looks like you would have to go up to r-23 to get rebate:
"$1,250: Insulate basement to meet a value of at least R-23."

*I doubt that if you already have r-20 basement they would give you any money,

Please be aware that rigid foam can not be left bear due to the fire hazard.
Roxul board can but it's a lower r-value per inch than foam.
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insertname2020 wrote: A house built in 2008 probably has full height r12 or possibly r20 and you won't get much for replacing with foam - though foam is a much for basements, they look at r-values.

Looks like you would have to go up to r-23 to get rebate:
"$1,250: Insulate basement to meet a value of at least R-23."

*I doubt that if you already have r-20 basement they would give you any money,

Please be aware that rigid foam can not be left bear due to the fire hazard.
Roxul board can but it's a lower r-value per inch than foam.
My place is 2008 as well and it's full height R12. The OP could quickly rip off the R12 and hide it in the garage. Face With Tears Of Joy
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fergy wrote: My place is 2008 as well and it's full height R12. The OP could quickly rip off the R12 and hide it in the garage. Face With Tears Of Joy
that would raise serious questions, 2008 house with no basement insulation. :p
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Here's the section from the website for basement insulation. I only have 4ft basement blanket in my home.

Basement insulation: Get up to $1,250 back
$500: Insulate crawl space wall to meet a value of at least R-12.
$750: Insulate basement to meet a value of at least R-12.
$1,000: Insulate crawl space wall to meet a value of at least R-23.
$1,000: Insulate floor above crawl space to meet a value of at least R-32.
$1,250: Insulate basement to meet a value of at least R-23.

Receive a $500 bonus if 100 percent of exterior wall insulation is achieved.

Rebates are pro-rated based on the percentage of total wall area upgraded—a minimum of 20 percent must be upgraded. If insulating 100 percent of basement, only a 5 percent minimum of total wall area is required. Minimum R8 is required for existing insulation. Does not include walls between individual units. Semi-detached houses will receive 75 percent of the amounts shown. If both a basement and crawl space are upgraded, rebates will remain capped at $1,250 based on the total combined wall area of basement and crawl space. Can qualify for either crawl space or floor above crawl space rebate. Foundation exterior walls include pony wall, basement walls and crawlspace exterior walls but not floor above crawlspace.
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The company I have contacted is charging a $600 assessment fee.
akswun wrote: What is the assessment cost? From reading the link Enbridge will refund you $500 for the assessment(s) (pre and post)

I will be doing my basement in a few months and looking at my options. My coworker mentioned the rebates to me earlier today. The $5000 seems great but obviously there are requirements to hit that amount. Not sure I'd be open to increasing my insulation on my exterior walls all throughout the house. But my unfinished basement on the other hand, seems like an easy tradeoff. Be it spray foam or rigid foam.
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Only 4ft pink fibreglass blanket in my home. It's in direct contact with the concrete and the vapour barrier isn't sealed very well especially on the rim joist. Also I plan on finishing my basement so foam will be covered by drywall.
insertname2020 wrote: A house built in 2008 probably has full height r12 or possibly r20 and you won't get much for replacing with foam - though foam is a much for basements, they look at r-values.

Looks like you would have to go up to r-23 to get rebate:
"$1,250: Insulate basement to meet a value of at least R-23."

*I doubt that if you already have r-20 basement they would give you any money,

Please be aware that rigid foam can not be left bear due to the fire hazard.
Roxul board can but it's a lower r-value per inch than foam.
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We had it done for windows and insulation. Had an energy assessor come out and measure a bunch of things like window sizes, drafts, etc. We then had the attic insulated and air sealed and all the basement windows done. After that the assessor comes back and re-evaulates, you show him the quotes and bobs your uncle. I cant remember the exact prices but we spent about $3000 total on the insulation, windows and assessment and got $1600 or so back just a few weeks later
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Martyji wrote: The company I have contacted is charging a $600 assessment fee.
Wow, from what I recall about 8 years ago, my assessment fee was $250 for initial visit, then another $250 for follow up after the work was complete.
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engineered wrote: Wow, from what I recall about 8 years ago, my assessment fee was $250 for initial visit, then another $250 for follow up after the work was complete.
Rebate offers $500, so the price goes up to $600... Same with the GreenOn windows from a few years back.
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rjp123 wrote: Rebate offers $500, so the price goes up to $600... Same with the GreenOn windows from a few years back.
If i recall correctly, the rebate covered 100% of the inspection at the time.
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There’s a link in the OP

You complete a home energy assessment before starting—you will get a $550 rebate to offset the cost of this assessment.
engineered wrote: If i recall correctly, the rebate covered 100% of the inspection at the time.
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Was going to create a new thread - but might as well ask it here.

After browsing the Canada budget, am I correct to say that there aren't further rebates available at a federal level? Only the interest free loan?

Had our home audit done, and a attic contractor in, both who mentioned at the announcement of the budget there may be more rebates for home upgrades.
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moneybagsdupe wrote: Was going to create a new thread - but might as well ask it here.

After browsing the Canada budget, am I correct to say that there aren't further rebates available at a federal level? Only the interest free loan?

Had our home audit done, and a attic contractor in, both who mentioned at the announcement of the budget there may be more rebates for home upgrades.
Interest free loans and the $5k grant will be offered. There are still no further details yet however in July there is supposed to be more info.
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fergy wrote: Interest free loans and the $5k grant will be offered. There are still no further details yet however in July there is supposed to be more info.
Is the $5k separate from the current Enbridge one in Ontario?

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