Strathcona County is committed to environmental action and responsibility. We can all take action to address environmental issues. One way you and your family can participate is through improving home efficiency by renovating with the support of current programs, existing grant opportunities and future financing options.
Current Strathcona County programs
Water efficient rebates currently offered by Strathcona County include a $50 rebate for replacing a 13-litre per flush or greater toilet with a WaterSense® low-flush toilet (4.8 litres per flush or dual flush).
Energy efficiency rebates currently offered by Strathcona County include a Green Building Rebate Program. Rebates are issued to builders registered in the program via the Building Permit Fee to those who achieve BuiltGreen, R-2000 or LEED Certification (or equivalent).
Currently, residents can apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant through the Government of Canada. Strathcona County is also working to launch a Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) in early 2023.
The Government of Canada has recently announced the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which provides funds for home evaluations and for retrofits, to a total of $5,600.
Homeowners are eligible for up to $600 total for the cost of pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations and for up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits. Up to 700,000 grants will be available for the program as outlined:
- Check eligibility requirements
- Apply online for a pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (performed by an NRCan registered energy advisor)
- Plan, document and complete at least one retrofit as per energy advisor recommendations (note that the purchase and installation of correct equipment must meet eligibility criteria and must be on the eligible models list)
- Book a post-retrofit evaluation to trigger the reimbursement process
- Receive your reimbursement (note that you must provide and retain copies of all your documents until March 31, 2028)
Eligible retrofits are those that make the most significant impact, stimulate the economy and increase the efficiency and comfort of homes. These include home insulation, air-sealing, windows and doors, thermostats, space and water heating, renewable energy and resiliency measures. An interest-free loan program will provide homeowners up to $40,000 to assist deep home retrofits and increase accessibility of the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
Existing financing: Canada Greener Homes Loan
The Canada Greener Homes Loan helps Canadians make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. It offers interest-free financing in addition to the Canada Greener Homes Grant to help you complete some of the more major retrofits recommended by your energy advisor.
As of June 17, 2022, the Canada Greener Homes Loan is open to:
- Eligible applicants who are applying to Canada Greener Homes Grant.
- Active applicants at the pre-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation stage with the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
By August 31, 2022, the Canada Greener Homes Loan will open to:
- Homeowners who have already received a grant or requested a post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation under the Canada Greener Homes Grant and want to apply for any remaining eligible retrofits they are interested in pursuing and have not yet commenced.
- Maximum: $40,000
- Minimum: $5,000
- Repayment term: 10 years, interest-free
- Loan type: Unsecured personal loan on approved credit
A maximum of one loan is available per eligible property and homeowner.
The loan can only help you finance eligible products and installations that are part of a retrofit that is both recommended by an energy advisor and eligible for the grant.
To begin work in your home, a portion of the loan can be delivered to you up front. Contractors often require a down payment for these types of projects. The balance of the loan will be delivered upon successful completion of the retrofits, and verification through a post-retrofit evaluation.
Future financing: Municipal Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP)
Council directed administration to investigate a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program for potential application in Strathcona County. The PACE Program has been adopted within Alberta, and rebranded as the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP).
CEIP is an innovative financing approach aimed at improving accessibility of energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations in Alberta municipalities. Property owners can finance projects with a competitive interest rate, repayment terms of up to 25 years, and have the option to pay the project off at any time. The project financing is tied to the property, not the property owner, and repayment is made through their regular property tax bill.
With support from Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) and our municipal partners across the province, an internal multi-disciplinary administration team has initiated the process for the implementation of CEIP for our residents in 2023.
To bridge the gap between now and the availability of CEIP, we encourage the use of the Canada Greener Homes Grant program to support energy efficiency improvements in private residences.