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Federal Budget 2011 - Reintroduces ecoENERGY Funding

On Monday, Jun. 06, the Conservatives reintroduced the 2011 Budget which remained largely unchanged from the Budget that was released prior to the election. Many home owners and industry observers have noted that new the budget still contains a $400 million provision for a 1 year extension of the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program.

The ecoENERGY program provided professional advice and financial incentives of up to $5,000 to Canadian homeowners looking to undertake energy efficient home improvements. To qualify for ecoENERGY incentives homeowners needed to have a home energy audit completed before they undertook eligible home improvements.

Based on the new budget announcement many of those home owners have been calling service organizations to ask when they can apply a new ecoENERGY grant. In anticipation of such calls Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) released an official administrative note to ecoENERGY service organizations stating that they will announce eligibility criteria and other program details in the coming weeks after Parliament passes Budget 2011.

In reality, we expect it to take some time for program details to emerge and for home owners to become eligible for grants based on the having an ecoENERGY evaluation performed on their home.

Until an announcement is made our advice is to hold off on commencing construction on new renovation projects for which the homeowners wish to be eligible for federal grants.

Meanwhile projects scheduled to commence construction in the coming weeks or projects where homeowners are not concerned about the availability of grants, can receive a non-grant eligible ecoENERGY evaluation now. BEC has elected to continue as a licensed service organization for the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program, and we would be pleased to provide your project with the high quality ecoENERGY evaluation services you have come to expect from our advisors.

Please continue to visit becconsulting.ca to check for updated program information.

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As President of BEC Consulting, I have a 20 year history of providing pre-retrofit energy efficiency consultations, and I have been involved in the delivery of EnerGuide Rating based pre-retrofit evaluations since 2004.

Despite the political inconsistencies of the Harper Government, I remain committed to delivering a broad range of services and solutions to our clients, including ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes evaluations. BEC will continue this commitment regardless of the political situation in Canada, and whether or not financial incentives are available to homeowners.

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Homeowners may once again book ecoENERGY Evaluations

Effective July 13th 2011 the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes Program is once again accepting new participants, past participants may also re-enter the program.

The ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program provides professional advice and financial assistance of up to $5,000 to encourage owners of existing low-rise properties to make smart energy retrofit decisions that will result in significant energy cost savings, more comfortable living spaces and a cleaner environment.

Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency administers the program and provides the grants, but local service organizations across the country deliver the program to homeowners.

To qualify for ecoENERGY incentives homeowners need to have a home energy evaluation completed before they undertake eligible home improvements. To obtain an appointment with a service organization such as BEC Consulting homeowners must first register with Natural Resources Canada and obtain a customer identification (CID) number.

Call toll free to speak to a customer service representative: 1-877-452-7178 

Or select the next steps button to view our step-by-step guide to participating in the ecoENERGY program.

Step by Step process guide

 

 


IMPORTANT POINTS TO PONDER

A major benefit of the ecoENERGY program is the EnerGuide Rating and professional advice that you will receive as part of the pre-retrofit evaluation. This information can enable a homeowner to make significant reductions in energy costs and to significantly improve home comfort. The one time grants should be considered gravy... a bonus that your receive in addition to the other benefits, rather than as the primary objective of having an evaluation.

Secondly, not all energy advisors share the same level of knowledge and skill... The best advisors and service organizations tend to cost a little more. Saving $25.00 on the cost of an energy evaluation may not be the wisest choice when your results are highly dependent upon the knowledge and experience of your advisor and support you will receive from your advisor and service organization.

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ecoENERGY Renewed

Federal Budget 2011 renews ecoENERGY funding

On Monday June 06, the Conservatives introduced the 2011 Budget with a $400 million provision for a 1 year extension of the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program.

The ecoENERGY program provides professional advice and financial incentives of up to $5,000 to Canadian homeowners looking to undertake energy efficient home improvements.

To qualify for ecoENERGY incentives homeowners need to have a home energy audit completed before they undertake eligible home improvements.

As President of BEC Consulting, I have a 20 year history of providing pre-retrofit energy efficiency consultations, and I have been involved in the delivered EnerGuide Rating based pre-retrofit evaluations since 2004. Despite the political inconsistencies of the Harper Government, I remain committed to delivering a broad range of services and solutions to our clients, including ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes evaluations. BEC will continue this commitment regardless of the political situation in Canada, and whether or not financial incentives are available to homeowners.

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