Think green when updating
Renovations to your recreation property that make it more energy-efficient can save you money on utilities, and benefit the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
They also can also result in an ecoENERGY Retrofit grant of up to $5,000.
The program through Natural Resources Canada (NRC) is aimed at homeowners but also applies to recreation properties such as vacation home, cottages, cabin, chalets, etc. To qualify, the property must be a fully serviced, four-season property as defined by the National Building Code, parts 2 and 9.
Newly built vacation homes that have been occupied for less than six months do not qualify, nor do highrise condominiums of more than three stories, since they typically have different heat, water and ventilation systems than a low-rise building.
Before starting any projects, your recreation property will need to undergo an energy assessment by a energy adviser who has been certified by NRC. The adviser will then provide you with a printed Energy Efficiency Evaluation Report that includes possible improvements to make your vacation home more energy-efficient, and the amount of grant you could qualify for.
The total grant will depend on what improvements you make, with those that achieve the most energy savings having the highest dollar values.
Once renovations are complete, a second energy assessment is done, at which time the energy adviser will prepare the grant application for your signature and then forward it to the federal government on your behalf.
Some possible upgrades include updating a vacation home with a new Energy Star qualified high-efficiency furnace and air conditioning equipment, or installing Energy Star certified windows and doors.
Other items that qualify include the installation of watersaving toilets, adding a grey-water heat recovery system or solar water heater, and even improving insulation in ceilings, walls, basements or foundations.
For more information, visit www.ecoaction.gc.ca/homes.