(NC)—The EnerGuide for Houses service, which was launched in 1998 by Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, identifies opportunities for energy efficiency improvements in your home. Even if you are one of the 60 000 Canadians who have already used the service, you may still be eligible for a new incentive available under the program. It's worth looking into.
The incentive program was announced in August 2003 to provide Canadians, especially those with older houses, with extra motivation to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The amount of the incentive is based on the difference in the EnerGuide for Houses energy efficiency rating before and after upgrades are implemented – the greater the improvement in the rating, the larger the incentive, to a maximum of $3,348. The average grant is $700.
Research by Natural Resources Canada shows that homeowners who have renovated after using the service achieved average energy savings of 32 percent. They also trimmed their home's greenhouse gas emissions by 2.2 tonnes per year, putting these families well on the way to meeting the government's challenge for Canadians to reduce their personal production of greenhouse gases by one tonne per year as part of Canada's strategy for implementing the Kyoto Protocol.
Past customers of the EnerGuide for Houses service and those who would like to follow their lead in taking
action to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions can visit energuideforhouses.gc.ca or call
1 800 387-2000 (toll-free) or 995-2943 in the National Capital Region for information about the incentive.