One the biggest questions we’re asked when visiting homeowners is what rebates are available for heat pumps, hot water tanks, and other home energy upgrades.
The rebate that most homeowners are familiar with is the Green Heat program offered by Efficiency Nova Scotia. This program offers electrically heated homes a rebate on the purchase of a ductless heat pump, so long as you purchase one of Efficiency Nova Scotia’s pre-approved cold climate models.
As an added service to our clients, we often refer homeowners to complete a more in-depth energy audit.
In the video above you’ll see Richard, from Sunshine, and Brent, from HomeSol, discuss what happens during a home energy audit and the rebates or financing you can potentially qualify for.
As most rebates are provided through Efficiency Nova Scotia it is only electrically heated homes that qualify. However, there is a new program for oil homeowners who have purchased their home in the last 24 months.
Under this program, you can qualify for up to a 25% rebate of your CMHC fees paid at the time of purchase. We’ll leave the in-depth details of this program for another article, but wanted to bring that to your attention.
What Happens During an Energy Audit?
The process takes about two to three hours to complete. While at your home the energy auditors will check:
- Insulation in your home from basement to attic
- Windows and doors
- Heating system
- Domestic hot water system
- Ventilation system
The goal here is to identify any opportunities for improved efficiency or reduction in heat loss/gain.
After the initial inspection is complete your home auditors will then complete what’s called a blower door test.
During this test, a large fan system is connected to your home and the inside of your home is put under negative pressure. This test allows auditors to determine if and where air leakage is occurring.
By reducing air leakage you will lower your heating costs and stay cooler in the summer time.
Full Report of their Findings
At the end of your audit, you’ll receive a complete energy rating report for your home including suggestions for where you could save money and increase efficiency. The auditors will also tie this information back to rebates and financing available for upgrades.
You will also receive a complete air leakage report detailing where air leakage was found to be occurring and suggestions for how to tighten up your home to avoid those leaks.
Rebates and Financing Available
For homes that are electrically heated, you can qualify for up to $5,000 in rebates or 2% low-interest financing up to $25,000.
Rebates and financing are available for home upgrades such as:
- Ductless or ducted heat pump installations
- Heat pump hot water tank installs
- Attic insulation
- And more
Most of our customers have our Home Energy Specialist visit their home first. We review the home to determine that indeed a heat pump or other home energy upgrade will work for you. We then provide a detailed quote for product and installation then refer you to an Efficiency Nova Scotia partner who can perform the more detailed energy audit.
Our assessments take 20-30 minutes, while a full energy audit takes up to 3 hours. To ensure that your home is a good candidate for a heat pump or other upgrade it makes sense to speak with us first.
To arrange your initial home visit give us a call at (902) 461-0600 or submit the form on this page.