The Canadian government provides costs incentives to encourage Canadians to switch over to high-efficiency products. Ontario homeowners can get Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants for new doors and windows when they replace their existing units.
- Replace windows with models that are ENERGY STAR qualified for your climate zone and get $40 back per unit.
- Replace your exterior doors with models that are ENERGY STAR qualified for your climate zone and get $40 back per unit.
To be eligible for a grant, proof of ENERGY STAR qualification of windows and doors is necessary. A prime example of valid proof is an ENERGY STAR label on all of the replacement windows and doors indicating they are in fact ENERGY STAR qualified for the climate zone. If these have been removed by the installer, make sure you request a copy/invoice as well as the climate zone for which they are qualified. Also, these windows and doors must be installed into an already existing opening in a wall or roof, facilitating the installation.
If you aren’t from Ontario, there are plenty of other rebates available in other regions. For instance, BC government rebates up to $70 per unit on new windows and doors depending on which part of BC you are in.
If you’re in Québec, Gaz Métro offers financial assistance with the purchase of new, high energy efficiency ENERGY STAR certified windows and/or patio doors depending on your climate zone. This is also the case in Nova Scotia, where rebates up to $40 are available. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power also offers large rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified windows.
Find out out here if your region has something to offer: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/products/energystar/why-buy/14136
On top of these rebates, you will be saving money year round, especially on your home’s heating bills. Good doors and windows will keep out the cold, and add comfort to your home. Plus, if well executed, they can make your home look better… and who doesn’t want that?