At the end of October 2009, we conducted the second EcoEnergy assessment. Two and a half months later, our final rebate check is in.
Ontario ecoEnergy grant program matched the federal grant. In previous posts, we suggested incorrectly that provincial grant is larger than the federal grant; those posts will be corrected.
To date, our tankless water heater installation, and some minor draft sealing, resulted in the following rebates:
$150 energy assessment rebate
$300 Enbridge Gas rebate
$685 federal ecoEnergy grant
$685 provincial ecoEnergy matching grant
This will be the last post on the subject – this horse is beaten enough.
As mentioned in one of the earlier posts, we received an ecoEnergy rebate of $310.00 for improving energy efficiency of our home. This post is a brief summary of what was done to achieve this result.
Note: we are not in the construction trade, with rather average handyman skills. Keep this in mind when reading the post.
Draft sealing and such is just not a bad idea anyway: lower heating bills in the winter, lower electricity bills in the summer, and a pleasant bonus of reduced draftiness and better health. But why not collect government cash in the process?
First step – assess energy efficiency of your home
It starts with an energy efficiency audit. Since these audits aren’t free, it is nice to sandwich a few energy efficiency projects together into the same 18-month period in order to spread audit costs between multiple rebates, such as tankless water heater and draft sealing.
We’ve beaten tankless water heater “horse” to death at this point, so this post will be brief.
First of two expected government rebates are in – this one is for $685.00 CAD, but only $375.00 of it is for the tankless water heater. The remaining $310.00 is a recognition of our draft sealing effort, which we will talk about in a separate post.
So far, tankless water heater project looks like this:
-$341.25, initial ecoEnergy assessment (25% of this cost is allocated to draft project)
+$150.00, initial ecoEnergy assessment rebate (25% of this rebate is allocated to draft project)
-$3,148.95, tankless water heater and installation
+$300.00, Enbridge Gas rebate
-$131.25, follow up ecoEnergy assessment (25% of this cost is allocated to draft project)
+$375.00, Federal ecoEnergy rebate
+$375.00, Ontario ecoEnergy rebate
+$472.34, HRTC tax credit (pending and estimated; assumes $1,000 in other reno spending)
(To be fair to tankless, pre- and post-improvement assessment costs should be shared between tankless and draft sealing projects, relative to refunds; so,