If you are pondering over replacing your windows with new and improved ones then government window rebates would surely help, right? It can seem like a daunting task to go through each available program and figure out whether or not you are eligible for it so, we thought we would help you out and provide you with a comprehensive guide on each one.
Maximize Your Potential for Eligibility
There are programs for window rebates that offer incentives to homeowners and landlords to replace their windows with more energy-efficient ones. But the catch is, that they will probably want you to have an energy assessment of your home both before your new windows are installed, as well as after.
Keep These Tips in Mind to Ensure a Smooth Transition:
1. Make Sure to Keep Your Assessment Records
With some programs, you will be asked to send in records and files related to any home assessments that have happened with your current windows in position. You will need to have a document that describes the upgrades that have been suggested, any work that has already been completed, as well as the post-upgrade assessment file to qualify.
2. Check Your Eligibility
Check the criteria beforehand to ensure your property is actually able to qualify for the upgrade. If you have a holiday home that you are planning to make a window improvement on, then you might not be eligible for a rebate.
3. Ensure You Keep All of Your Original Receipts
Some government rebate incentives require you to show the original receipts and information from your window replacements so you can prove the model number and price for all of your windows.
4. Make Sure You Keep the Retailer Invoice
This invoice will include your address, how many windows you had put in, the brand of the windows, the name of the manufacturer, when they were installed, and the type of windows too.
5. Different Windows, Different Requirements
With all of the government rebate programs out there, it probably comes as no surprise that there are different requirements that you must meet for each one. A thorough account of the criteria is usually provided for each one so you can check off each one as you know you have accomplished it.
So, What Are the Different Programs?
Keep the tips we have just gone over in the forefront of your mind while reviewing the actual programs that the government provides for window rebates.
Green Ontario Fund
This is an agency that is not for profit and it utilizes any funds to ensure that residents can minimize their carbon footprint and save you money.
If your home qualifies for this rebate program, you could receive up to $20,000 back on systems that you either put in or change. Plus, this one does not limit you to windows; you can even ask for this for air or ground source heat pumps and insulation too.
They tend to give out $500 per window (up to 10) or a total of $5,000 when you decide to upgrade to the high-performance ones. The only catch is that you have to choose from their list of contractors to qualify, however, they do offer a free smart thermostat and an energy review all bundled in, so it is definitely worth it!
CMHC Green Home
With CMHC Green Home you could be eligible to receive 15% back if you build a home to ENERGY STAR guidelines and standards, or 25% if the house you have built meets R-2000 standards.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have had to personally build your house for it go qualify, if you have performed any renovations to your dwelling and you have used CMHC financing, then it is likely that you will still be able to receive this.
Alberta’s Home Improvement Rebate
If you reside in Alberta and are looking to upgrade your humble abode’s windows to more energy-efficient ones, then you need to take a look (and participate) in this program.
Of course, it goes without saying that you can save money on your brand-new windows but, with this one you could even save on:
- Energy-efficient appliances
- The Residential and Commercial Solar Program
- Tankless water heaters
Home Energy Use Reduction
Perhaps you own a home in Banff. If you do, then you can also access this window rebate program that comprises a lot of perks like:
- $50 for window/door ENERGY STAR cert replacement
- $200 for high-efficiency fridges
- $650 for solar water systems
- $50 for thermostats
- $100 for energy audits
- and a lot more too!
Home Renovation Rebate Program
This program needs you to have made 3 (or more) energy-efficient modifications to your house in order to qualify for the $750 window rebates.
It has a pretty strict criteria set that you must reach:
- Minimum of a year’s utility bills
- Pre and post-upgrade evaluation
- Electricity or natural gas has to be the main way you heat your house
- and others.
Power Smart Residential Loan
The loan is offered by Manitoba Hydro on the basis of low interest should you wish to make your home better for the environment. You won’t even need to think about it once you have qualified either as the payment is just added to your bill every month.
You can finance a maximum of $7,500 per property but the minimum amount is $500 that you could be offered.
Emergency Repair Program
For everyone who resides in rural areas and receives relatively low monthly wages, this is the one for you.
It exists to help you fund much-needed repairs, so your home remains a safe place to be at all times. Do not worry, you don’t have to pay it back either as the $7,000 is given to you as a grant — as long as the repairs are eligible of course like:
- Roofs and walls
- Floors and ceilings
Although applying for loans, window rebates and grants can be a stressful thing to do, hopefully, we have given you the peace of mind to conquer the task and get back what you deserve. Remember that here at Clera Windows + Doors in Hamilton, we think of our customers as family, so you should never hesitate to get in touch with us if there’s any way we can help out.