Get up to $10K in energy-efficiency rebates on your next insulation project
August 11, 2023
If you're thinking about making improvements to make your home more energy efficient, you're in luck. As of January 4, 2023, there's a new and improved rebate program that can put up to $10K back in your pocket. The Home Efficiency Rebate + (HER+) makes improving your home more affordable. It also makes it easier to qualify: previous programs required multiple improvements to get money back, but now you only need to do one upgrade to qualify.
“There are a lot of great additions that have our sales consultants pretty excited,” says Rick Bartel, Operations Manager for Southwestern Ontario. “HER+ makes it much more affordable and there are fewer hoops to jump through. It's particularly great for insulation – for an $3000 attic upgrade, you can get up to $2,350 back!”
Despite the improvements however, the HER+ program can still be hard for the average homeowner to understand.
“The amount you can qualify for is based on your customer type,” says Chris Barker, Energy Advisor and CEO of ecostep. “If you're an Enbridge customer, it's one package, if you're not, it's another. If you're using oil or propane, that’s something else. People have trouble figuring out the rebates because they don't know what package they fit in.”
GNI has partnered with ecostep to make getting rebates easier
Good news: you don't have to navigate the confusing rebate criteria alone. GNI’s new alliance with Ontario energy audit company ecostep means you have experts on hand to figure it out for you. So, when you're planning an insulation project, they can tell you right away what you qualify for AND submit all your paperwork for you.
Previously, GNI reps would inform customers that they might qualify for a rebate, but it was up to the customer to set up the audit and submit the paperwork. Now, with your permission, your GNI rep can send your info directly to ecostep. Their experts will tell you exactly what you're qualified for, answer your questions, and complete the pre-work energy assessment required to get you your rebate.
“Customers get better service, and GNI has access to deep expertise that helps our customers and our representatives,” says Rick. “It's win-win for everyone.”
How it all works
Step 1: You contact GNI
Maybe your house is drafty, or your utility bills are too high. Perhaps you've bought a new home and want to bring it up to code, or you're looking to make things more eco-friendly. That’s when you contact GNI about upgrading your insulation.
Step 2: GNI gives you a quote
They will also tell you about rebates you might qualify for, and with your permission, they’ll send your contact information to ecostep.
Step 3: ecostep gets in touch
An ecostep energy advisor will follow up with you in 1-2 days, answer your questions, and book your energy audit. (The audit fee is $800, but HER+ will give you back $600 of that.)
Step 4: Your energy audit
ecostep will do the audit and tell you exactly how much you qualify for in rebates. Note: you must have the audit completed before any insulation work is done, otherwise you won't be eligible for the rebate.
Step 5: GNI installs your insulation
A GNI installation team makes the upgrades in your home.
Step 6: ecostep submits your paperwork
After one more assessment to check the work, ecostep submits paperwork to the HER+ program on your behalf.
Step 7: You get your money
24-30 weeks later (this is the timeline indicated on Enbridge’s HER+ FAQ page. GNI and ecostep are not responsible for payment timing), you'll have your rebate cheque in hand!
Get in touch to get started
There's never been a better time to save on an insulation upgrade. Contact GNI for a no-obligation quote on your home efficiency project.