Increased energy efficiency may not seem that glamorous until you look at the bottom line savings. After all, it is pretty easy to fall in love with getting more use out of the energy you purchase and paying less for it!
Energy-efficient upgrades make saving money on energy costs even easier.
For example, with every number increase in the SEER rating on your air conditioner, you can save an average of 5 percent on energy costs. So if you upgrade from a 10 SEER to a 15 SEER A/C unit, you can anticipate saving up to 25 percent on the energy it costs to run your new A/C!
The same holds true when you upgrade other major home appliances. Even better, Ontario offers rebates when you make certain energy-efficiency upgrades. So now you save money on energy and get money back, too!
Read on to learn about three awesome energy-efficiency rebates you can apply for right now!
Smart Thermostat Rebate
While brand-new cooling and heating systems typically come with an integrated thermostat, the same doesn't apply for older air conditioners and heaters.
Luckily, many older systems can be retrofitted to work with a thermostat. These "smart" thermostats help you to reduce your energy use when no one is home and seasonally.
For instance, let's say your house typically stands empty from 8am to 5pm during the week while everyone is at work or at school. You certainly don't need to be paying to heat and cool an empty house!
Knowing this, you program your smart thermostat to conserve on energy when no one is home. Even better, the newest breed of smart thermostat uses Wi-Fi and is app-equipped so you can make remote, up-to-the-minute temperature adjustments to your energy use if your schedule suddenly changes.
Right now, Ontario will pay you a $100 rebate for upgrading to a smart thermostat system!
Air Source Heat Pump Rebate
Heat pumps are gaining popularity in Ontario, thanks largely to new highly efficient heat pump technology that makes these units suitable for use in very cold places.
Heat pumps use outside air along with a heat exchanger to keep your home warm or cool seasonally by moving heat around rather than creating it.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat pumps today are so efficient that they can save homeowners anywhere from $300 to $948 per year in energy costs!
Right now, Ontario will pay you up to $5,800 in rebates for installing an air source heat pump system in your home.
Ground-Source (Geothermal) Heat Pump Rebate
Geothermal energy is nothing new—after all, this is the energy of the earth itself!
There are three main ground-source heat pump systems that are eligible for Ontario rebates. To be eligible to receive the rebate, the model you choose must also be Energy Star-certified.
Horizontal closed-loop heat pump
This system is generally reserved for homes with more available acreage for installation. The heat pump pipes are installed horizontally in trenches in the ground.
Pond closed-loop heat pump
If your home sits on a piece of land with an existing pond, and that pond meets minimum size and depth requirements, this might be the perfect heat pump system for you. Here, the heat pump pipes will be laid horizontally in trenches at least eight feet below the bottom of the pond.
Vertical closed-loop heat pump
If you don't have much land surrounding your home, you can still use a ground-source heat pump system. With a vertical system, the pipes are laid vertically in ground trenches.
Repairing or replacing your heat pump system?
Right now, Ontario will pay you up to $20,000 in rebates for installing a ground-source geothermal heat pump in your home.
You can also qualify for up to $4,500 in rebates if you have an existing heat pump system that is 20 years or older and you want to repair or replace that system.
Air Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump: Which One to Choose?
You can't go wrong with either an air source or a ground-source heat pump. Both can deliver noticeable savings in energy costs and equally noticeable efficiency increases.
A big part of the decision-making process boils down to two factors: the size of your home and the size of your lot. The rest typically revolves around your budget.
Air source heat pumps are simpler to install (they are mounted on a wall rather than installed underground) and tend to be cheaper as well, but may be less efficient since they rely on the heat available in the surrounding air. They also require more maintenance since part of the unit is exposed to the elements year-round.
Ground-source heat pumps can require significant excavation of the surrounding property, which not every homeowner wants. They also tend to be pricier. However, they are also hands-down the most efficient and require less maintenance since the exterior components are safely housed underground.
Choosing a Contractor to Facilitate Your Energy Efficiency Upgrade
In order to be eligible for the Ontario rebates described in this post, you will need to work with a contractor who meets certain minimum requirements as specified by Ontario province.
Your contractor must:
Have been in business for at least two years.
Have an active, up-to-date employee/subcontractor air conditioning license.
Maintain insurance coverage of $2 million (liability) and $1 million (auto).
Be able to present a valid WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) clearances letter.
Have completed the geothermal training and installation courses.
Here at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we are proud to say that we meet each of these requirements in full.
Give Us a Call
Are you considering an upgrade to an energy efficient heat pump system? We can help! Contact us online or give us a call at 1-877-885-3403.