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What is the Canada Greener Homes Grant and can it help me get a free heat pump?

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient is a smart investment that pays off in the long run. It not only reduces your carbon footprint but also saves you money on your energy bills.


A father and son running into a room with a heat pump in it

With the Canada Greener Homes Grant, eligible homeowners in Nova Scotia can access rebates and interest-free financing for recommended and eligible installations, (like that heat pump you've been debating) and other upgrades to make your home more energy efficient, like home insulation, windows, doors, and renewable energy systems.


What is the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

The federal initiative is co-delivered with Efficiency Nova Scotia's provincial Home Energy Assessment (HEA) program. By enrolling in the HEA program and meeting the eligibility criteria for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, homeowners can automatically qualify for federal rebates and apply for an interest-free loan.


The grants are substantial and can make a big difference in the affordability of upgrading your home. For instance, you could be eligible for a rebate of anywhere between $125 and $5,000 off the install of a heat pump, as well as other rebates towards electrical upgrades needed for the installation. It's possible that the grant funding could cover a significant portion of the purchase & installation costs of the new heat pump. (Please note: the grant is received after work has been completed and payment has been made in full to the installer.)


Who is eligible to receive the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

The barrier to entry is quite low. Homes must be at least six months old and have not yet begun major renovations in order to qualify.


How do you apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant?

The first step to accessing these incentives is to book a Home Energy Assessment with a Registered Energy Advisor. The Advisor will conduct a thorough assessment of your home's energy performance to determine where it's losing heat and provide recommendations for upgrades that can improve its energy efficiency. You can find a list of registered Advisors on the Efficiency Nova Scotia website under the heading "Work with a Registered Energy Advisor."


Once you have received your Assessment Report, it's time to contact a qualified installer, like Kings Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, to walk you through the options that are available to you. Our team is a preferred contractor of the Canada Greener Homes Grant, and we can help you maximize the incentives available to you and schedule your installation within the grant's approved timeline. We'll be available to answer any questions you may have along the way.


What can you expect during the process?

It's important to note that the process can be lengthy and may take six months or more to complete. However, the benefits are worth the wait. After your installation is complete, you'll need to book a follow-up Assessment within 90 days in order to be eligible to receive your provincial rebate. Federal rebates may take longer to process. If you have any questions along the way, Kings Refrigeration & Air Conditioning is happy to guide you to the appropriate advisors within the HEA program to help you complete the steps.


Upgrading your home's energy efficiency is a smart investment that can help reduce your carbon footprint and save you money on your energy bills. With the Canada Greener Homes Grant, homeowners in Nova Scotia have access to substantial rebates and interest-free financing to help make their homes more comfortable and energy-efficient. Book your Home Energy Assessment today to see what upgrades your home needs and take advantage of this fantastic program.


Still have questions about whether this program is right for you or not? Give us a call or drop us an email! We'd be happy to help you navigate this grant and/or help you identify if another route might better suit your needs.


📸 Cover photo by Letticia Massari


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