Federal and provincial governments have all sorts of incentives to get people to make their homes, their vehicles and their businesses more energy efficient. Start your search at the website for National Office for Energy Efficiency: www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca.The federal government’s ecoEnergy Retrofit Program has up to $5,000 to offset costs of improving the energy efficiency of your home.
Anyone installing a geothermal (or water-source) heating system, for example, can qualify for grants up to $4,375.
The OEE site also has links to provincial grants. That includes Saskatchewan’s EnerGuide for Houses, for example. And in Manitoba, a Manitoba Hydro home insulation program says it will pay up to 100 per cent of the insulation costs to re-insulate your home.