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HOME ENERGY RETROFIT ACCELERATOR

What is Edmonton's Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator (HERA) program?

Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator is a program that helps you understand your home’s energy efficiency and provides rebates for upgrades. Insulation, windows, water and space heating equipment are all eligible for rebates with bonuses available for bigger renovations.

To start the process, an expert comes to your home and provides an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation. You will receive professional advice from your energy advisor on how to renovate your home to be more energy efficient. Rebates are available from Canada’s Greener Homes Grant program to help cover the costs of an EnerGuide label and subsequent upgrades to your home.

Rebate stacking is allowed with other energy efficiency incentive programs, including Canada’s Greener Homes Grant program, to a maximum of 100% of the total investment made by the homeowner.

For program details, see the Program User Guide, Program Terms & Conditions and these Frequently Asked Questions.

Why Participate

Knowledge is power (and savings).

Household energy use is a big deal. Most homes produce greenhouse gas emissions directly through natural gas powered furnaces and indirectly by consuming electricity. Within Edmonton, the residential sector produces almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The choices you make in your home result in carbon emissions and affect your household contributions to climate change.

This program helps homeowners take meaningful climate action by reducing their home’s emissions. Luckily, making energy efficiency upgrades to your home is not only good for the environment, it is also good for the economy and your well-being.

A climate-ready, energy efficient home has been proven to be healthier and more comfortable. For example:

  • Better insulation and better air sealing means fewer hot spots, cold spots and drafts
  • Triple-pane windows keep out the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, resulting in less need for heating or air conditioning
  • Newer heating systems use less energy and run more quietly
  • A properly insulated foundation means warmer basement floors
  • Proper air flow reduces mold problems

EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluations are valuable for homebuyers and sellers as well. Not only does it allow them to compare energy efficiency between homes and make better decisions, it also provides a renovation roadmap for what improvements the home needs to become more energy efficient.

How to Participate

Follow These Steps

STEP 1: Complete your EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation

  • If you already have a version 15 EnerGuide label for your home, continue to Step 2
  • If you do not have an EnerGuide label, choose an Energy Advisor and schedule your Home Energy Evaluation
    • Click the Energy Advisor Link above, type in your postal code, and press “search” to find energy advisors in your area
  • It is recommended to get quotes from 2 to 3 companies as rates may vary (expect more than $400)
  • Your Energy Advisor will assess your home from top to bottom and work with you to determine which energy-efficient upgrades work best for your home

STEP 2: Enroll with your EnerGuide Label

STEP 3: Upgrade Your Home

  • Learn about the energy systems in your home, research the recommendations from your EnerGuide report and plan your energy retrofits
  • When making plans, be sure to reference the Eligible Products and Services List found within the Program User Guide to confirm equipment eligibility. If hiring a contractor, ensure that the products they choose meet eligibility criteria
  • Don’t forget that you are eligible for a 20% bonus on all equipment rebates if you complete 3 upgrades in an 18 month period
  • Learn what supporting documentation will be required and (if applicable) confirm that your contractor can help provide these for you
  • Hire a contractor or complete upgrades yourself (if eligible for DIY). It is recommended that you get multiple quotes, retain all receipts and collect necessary photos/documentation

STEP 4: Apply for Your Rebate(s)

  • Submit your energy retrofits through the Rebate Application Form. You are able to submit up to 3 upgrades at once
  • Please note, you will need your EnerGuide file number in addition to detailed documentation of your energy efficiency upgrades to complete the application form. See the Program User Guide for details

STEP 5: See How You Did

  • Once all renovations are complete, call your Energy Advisor for a follow up EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation. This will update your EnerGuide label to reflect your home upgrades, and your home’s label will be updated on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map
  • Complete the rebate application form again (Step 4) for your post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation rebate

WHAT IS THE HOME ENERGY RETROFIT ACCELERATOR?

Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator provides rebates for EnerGuide labels and energy efficiency upgrades

Offered by the City of Edmonton, the program helps homeowners understand their home’s energy performance. The program consists of an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation that produces an EnerGuide label which rates the efficiency of the home.

EnerGuide labels are shared on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map allowing homeowners and buyers to compare their property to other similar properties, giving them confidence that energy efficiency can be measured and made visible.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

EnerGuide helps homeowners see the invisible

Most energy efficiency is invisible. Insulation, air sealing, high performing windows, and ultra-efficient water or space heating systems all make a home more comfortable and affordable to operate. Trouble is, they’re hard to spot. A low (better) EnerGuide rating is the best way to prove that the house you’re looking at meets high energy performance standards, plus it helps the owner access available rebates on energy efficient insulation, windows, and equipment.

Consumers care about these standards. A 2015 survey of home buyers in the region found that 80% of buyers want to see an EnerGuide label on a listing, and 62% would pay more for an energy efficient home. A credible, government approved EnerGuide label gives buyers confidence that their home is efficient, comfortable, and up to code.

Displaying an EnerGuide label on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map will set a home apart from the rest. Homes that achieve a higher than average rating shows potential buyers that the home was built to be energy efficient. For older homes, the EnerGuide label can prove the value of home energy improvement investments made in the house.

Taking the initiative to get an EnerGuide label, and displaying it on your listing, demonstrates transparency. Buyers appreciate listings that provide full disclosure of any potential issues or concerns. Displaying the EnerGuide label answers questions before they are asked, and can speed up the decision-making process.

Your household emissions contribute to climate change

Household energy use is a big deal. Most homes produce greenhouse gas emissions directly through natural gas powered furnaces and indirectly by consuming electricity. Within Edmonton, the residential sector produces almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The choices homeowners make everyday results in carbon emissions and affects a household’s contributions to climate change. A good EnerGuide let’s buyers and owners know the home’s energy efficiency, helping homeowners take meaningful steps towards climate action and reducing emissions. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator provides rebates to homeowners for energy efficiency

Encourage your clients to register for Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator rebate program. Homeowners can apply for rebates towards EnerGuide home energy evaluations and energy efficiency upgrades to their home. Insulation, windows, water and space heating equipment are all eligible for rebates with bonuses available for bigger renovations. For more information, please visit the homeowner information page.

Encourage home buyers to ask for an energy evaluation when comparing homes. It will help them make informed decisions and understand home energy costs.

REALTOR RESOURCES

Learn more about home energy efficiency and the Edmonton housing market using these resources developed for Edmonton Realtors:

How Energy Efficiency Terms Affect Sales Prices in Edmonton

Edmonton Realtors Energy Efficiency Toolkit

Energy Efficiency Toolkit Cheat Sheet

ENERGUIDE REBATES FOR NEW HOMES

Help homeowners understand their home

Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator rebate program helps Edmontonians understand and improve the energy performance of homes. 

Builders are eligible for financial rebates for EnerGuide labels for newly constructed homes. The City of Edmonton is providing home builders a $200 rebate per home towards the cost of each EnerGuide label.

Builders are eligible for a maximum of 5 rebates per program year. In exchange, builders are expected to share EnerGuide labels from all newly constructed homes on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map.

Publicly sharing EnerGuide labels allows homeowners and buyers to compare their property to other similar properties, giving them the confidence that energy efficiency can be measured and made visible.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Energuide provides many benefits for home builders, including:

  • Listing your homes on our map is an easy way to inform clients about the energy efficiency of the homes you build so they can compare across different builders.
  • Can be used as an important marketing advantage for high performance builders.
  • Receive immediate recognition on our website as a champion participating builder.
  • Have your company’s logo clearly identified on each home on the map.
  • Gain access to citywide marketing strategies around the program.
  • Streamlined submission process by signing the builder consent form. This allows us to work directly with your Service Organization to make uploading the labels seamless to you.

By sharing EnerGuide labels on Edmonton’s Home Energy Map you are helping make energy efficiency visible. A low (better) EnerGuide rating is the best way to prove that the house you built meets high energy performance standards that customers care about. 

A 2015 survey of home buyers in the region found that 80% of buyers want to see an EnerGuide label on a listing, and 62% would pay more for an energy efficient home. A credible, government approved label gives buyers confidence that their home is efficient, comfortable, and up to code.

Your household emissions contribute to climate change

Household energy use is a big deal. Most homes produce greenhouse gas emissions directly through natural gas powered furnaces and indirectly by consuming electricity. Within Edmonton, the residential sector produces almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The choices homeowners make everyday results in carbon emissions and affects a household’s contributions to climate change. A good EnerGuide rating let’s buyers and owners know the home’s energy efficiency, helping homeowners take meaningful steps towards climate action and reducing emissions.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Help homeowners understand their home

STEP 1: Contact an Energy Advisor

Getting an energy evaluation for the homes you build is easy. Contact a licensed service provider from this list, get a quote (or two) and book a visit from a registered Energy Advisor.

STEP 2: Apply for Rebates

Once your EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation(s) are complete, submit this application form and the City will work directly with your NRCan Service Organization to obtain the EnerGuide labels for the homes you build. You will also be featured on our page of Champion participating builders.

STEP 3: Map Homes and Collect your Rebates

If your application is approved, you will be eligible for rebates of $200 per home for up to 5 homes per program year. The City will upload your homes onto the Home Energy Map for you.

 

 

Please note that the City of Edmonton does not endorse any particular builder or warranty the services or products provided by any builder. For details, see the Program Terms & Conditions.

CONTACT US

Questions? Review these Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, please contact the program administrator at 1 (780) 306 4417 or by email at homeretrofit@edmonton.ca.

Who is Participating

Edmonton’s Home Energy Map reveals the energy efficiency of thousands of homes across Edmonton. Our map displays EnerGuide labels, which allows you to compare your home’s energy efficiency with other homes and helps make greenhouse gas emissions more visible for everyone. To view the interactive map click here.

*Please note, due to the number of homes participating, the map may take up to 30 seconds to load.

Compare your home’s energy use with other homes using the interactive map.

HERA Program Page