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Finding rebates for furnaces and air conditioners
A new furnace or central air conditioner is a hefty investment. But some costs can be recouped: homeowners who upgrade their heating and cooling systems to more energy-efficient models qualify for government and utility rebates. “Programs generally provide higher incentives for products that operate at higher efficiencies and have the greatest impact on the environment,” says Marty Gaudet, chief of the EcoEnergy Retrofit – Homes Program at Natural Resources Canada. From when it was launched in 2007 to its closure in March 2012, the federal program issued grants to 369,000 Canadians who improved their heating systems.
Although the federal program has ended, there are many robust provincial and utility programs still in place that allow homeowners to save twice when making upgrades. In addition to the rebate savings, a new furnace significantly reduces heating costs. Replacing a condensing gas furnace that’s 60 per cent fuel-efficient with one rated 97 per cent efficient can save you $590 per year on energy costs. A new furnace is quieter, takes up less space and creates a more comfortable home.
To qualify for provincial or utility rebates for upgrades, you may need to book a pre-retrofit energy audit and, once your furnace or air conditioner has been installed, get a post-retrofit audit. Other programs require registration (or pre-registration) and proof of installation. Read on to find out what rebates for furnaces and air conditioners are available in your area.
Or, to see details about rebates for more heating options not listed here (programmable thermostats, geothermal, etc.), and other green home improvements, please click your province or municipality at the EcoLiving Rebates Finder.
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