More homeowners are becoming conscious of the fact that they need to make their homes green and eco-friendly. It might appear like making a drop in the ocean at this point but every little bit counts and you can at least make sure that you are decreasing your carbon footprint in the world. On the other hand, going green isn’t as easy or as simple as it sounds.
In many cases, you have to completely remove and get greener, healthier alternatives installed. Considering that these new additions can be rather costly, it is no surprise that going green has not been adopted on a larger scale in homes.
Luckily, more governments are realizing the benefits of going green for the community and are offering incentives based on this factor. Climate change is a big issue and every little bit helps to make a difference. In fact, the government of Ontario has launched a special program, namely the Green Ontario Fund also known as GreenON that is specially designed to help homeowners and businesses go green with ease.
What is GreenON?
Focusing on reducing the overall production of dangerous greenhouse gases that are contributing to environmental pollution, the GreenON fund helps homeowners and businesses reduce their overall emissions. With an official omission target in mind, the GreenON fund is not only helping businesses and homeowners make a difference in the environment but also enjoy better savings, benefits and other perks.
The best part is that the GreenON fund is not-for-profit and relies solely on the proceeds that are generated through the carbon market in Ontario. Also, understanding that businesses and homeowners have different needs, GreenON offers various different incentives that make it easier for anyone to go green with ease.
Keep in mind that to avail the benefits, you need to work with a Green ON approved contractor. A participating contractor will be able to offer you the best options while also maintaining the strict guidelines and standards that GreenON has. Luckily, you can find the best contractors for you on their website.
Green ON Benefits for Homeowners
The GreenON fund offers different benefits to homeowners based on the wants and needs of any home. The best part is that you can make use of the benefits offered from GreenON even if you are renting the place or have a semi, a townhouse or even a detached home. For renters, approval from the landlord is necessary.
The following are some of the biggest ways in which you can go green as well as save money when you’re considering getting an expensive installation in your home:
Aimed at helping homes reduce their cooling and heating costs as well as reduce the carbon footprint of a home, Green ON offers different rebates on insulation options. The following are the ones that are offered in the program:
- Get up to $1,500 ($1 per ft2) for upgrading the insulation in your attic with the help of a participating contractor.
- Get up to $1,900 ($2 per ft2) for updating the insulation in your basement with the help of a participating contractor.
- Get up to $3,800 ($2 per ft2) for improving the insulation on the exterior walls of your home with the help of a participating contractor.
- Get up to $100 for upgrading the air sealing in your home with the help of a chosen participating contractor.
The maximum amount that you can receive as rebate goes up to a total $7,200 on the insulation of your home. Moreover, in the long run, lower energy bills allow you to enjoy bigger and better savings as well.
High performance windows can reflect UV rays and also help keep the home cooler and warmer. They also play a role in reducing sound pollution and improving the resale value of a home. With GreenON, you get to enjoy the following rebate benefits when you are getting the windows replaced:
- Get up to $500 per window when upgrading your chosen window to a high performance with the help of a chosen contractor.
The maximum amount that you can receive as rebate comes up to a total of $5,000 on the installation of high performance windows. Keep in mind that there are several different options that you need to pay attention. For starters, the rebate is only applicable for 10 windows per home.
Also, installation of high performance windows means that the proper, brick to brick installation will occur. Windows that have more than one glass pane or windows with pillars may not be considered.
Heat Pumps – Geothermal
Geothermal heat pumps can be used to heat the home. They rely on ground source heat and the underground temperature to keep homes cool or warm. Considering the fact that they can reduce your energy consumption by 50%, these are extremely lucrative for your home. GreenON offers the following rebate options on the following geothermal pumps:
- Closed Loop Heat Pump – Horizontal – Perfect for homes with large grounds, you get to receive as much as $2,000 per loop ton.
- Closed Loop Heat Pump – Pond – If you have property with a large pond, you can utilize it for geothermal heating use. You get to receive as much as $2,000 per loop ton. Keep in mind that the pond has to be of a given depth for it to benefit you.
- Closed Loop Heat Pump – Vertical – For small, compact areas, difficult soil conditions and more, vertical loop heat pump is better suited. You get to receive as much as $3,000 per loop ton.
With GreenON, you stand to a rebate of $15,000 to $20,000 on geothermal heat pumps that are offered by participating contractors.
Heat Pumps – Air Source
Heat pumps are also available that rely on the use of outside air. This not only allows you to cut down on your carbon footprint, but also allows you harness green energy for your home. With GreenON, you can get a rebate on all expenses related to air source heat pumps.
If you have existing ductwork that makes it easier to use heat pumps, you can get the following benefits:
- Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump – $3,250
- Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump – Cold Climate – $5,500
If you need to get ductwork done then you can get different benefits based on that aspect. All in all, you can easily save a total of $5,800 with the help of GreenON. If you have trouble deciding on whether you qualify for ductless or ducted heat pumps, you can easily get in touch with GreenON and a representative will be more than happy to guide you through the entire process.
Looking to start off with something simpler when you are going green? Then you should opt for getting smart thermostats installed in your home. Smart thermostats work by constantly reading the home temperature inside and making sure that it is at a comfortable level for you. With WiFi connectivity, you also get to control and monitor your thermostat from anywhere in the house.
Smart thermostats also come with a built in reminder for maintenance and to give alerts if they detect unusual activity. Moreover, you no longer have to worry about leaving the home without turning the thermostat off. It can automatically turn off and be programmed to turn on as soon as you walk into your home. GreenON offers you the choice of picking from five different smart thermostat models and you get to enjoy a rebate of $100 on it.
With the help of these different rebate options, you can easily make your home green and ensure that you are cutting down on your carbon footprint and saving money in the long-term as well.
Getting the Rebates
Rebate submission can rely a lot on when you submit an application for it. For many installations, you will have to submit a rebate application when you make the purchase and start to use it. The application can be submitted online with the manufacturer’s rebate portal. Successfully submitted rebate applications might get processed and take up to 8 to 12 weeks or longer, depending on the amount that you qualify for.
In some cases, the rebate might get processed earlier owing to different circumstances. Keep in mind that if you are getting the work done by a contractor who is not a participator of the GreenON fund, you might not be able to qualify for the rebate at all.
Find Out More
The benefits mentioned above are applicable for homeowners. Businesses and other commercial buildings can also make use of the GreenON fund, but their rebate benefits as well as qualifications and more can differ a lot.
If you are interested in finding out more regarding GreenON and the different rebates and green incentives it has to offer, please visit their website. In case you need more information, you can also contact them by calling at 1-888-728-8444.
Keep in mind that while GreenON fund is applicable only to the Ontario area, there are similar initiatives launched in different cities to address the growing needs of those areas.
Turn to the professionals
If you are searching for a construction company that is certified under GREEN Ontario guidelines and understands you home completely, you should take a look at our Nikom’s insulation services. Our services are designed to not only help with finishing your home, but to also address a number of different projects, including creative ones.
Whether you want an estimate or want to get more ideas, you can easily get in touch with us and our experts can successfully evaluate and asses the project you have in mind. For more information regarding our services, feel free to call us at: 519-721-6457. You can also scroll around our site and go to fill in an online form to get a free consultation session and a free estimate on your home.