The government of Ontario has announced that it has created a new program, which will provide homeowners with rebates when they conduct an energy audit on their homes and follow through with the auditor’s recommendations.
“Today’s announcement is good news for Ontario homeowners,” said the president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Patricia Verge, in a news release. “Rebates are a great way to help consumers make green decisions when it comes to home retrofits or renovations.”
This is not the first energy-efficiency rebate program geared towards homeowners in Ontario, as another program ran between 2007 and 2011 where homeowners could get up to $5,000 in rebates for energy-efficient and green renovations or retrofits on their homes.
Verge continued, “The housing sector has an important role to play in helping Ontario reduce green house gas emissions. This new program will help improve the energy efficiency of Ontario’s housing stock. It will also help spur innovation and create jobs in clean energy industries.”
The chair of the Ontario Real Estate Association’s Government Relations Committee, Ettore Cardarelli, said that, “According to our research three quarters of home buyers make an inspection a condition of purchase. Inserting an audit into a voluntary home inspection would give buyers important information about the property along with recommendations for how the new owner can improve energy efficiency of their home.”