Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 14

Editor’s Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page.


OK, now that we are written several articles in the past day on what happened during the second of two energy audits, or energy efficiency assessments as they are called within the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, we can now tell you the results.

We told you before that we did not qualify for the 10% reduction in air leakage despite our best efforts.

What about the windows?

If you recall prior articles the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit grant provides $30 per new ENERGY STAR window from Natural Resources Canada which, in Ontario as it is in at least most Provinces, a further $30.

Now, what you have to understand is that it is not exactly $30 per new ENERGY STAR window. Here is what is listed right from the ecoENERGY web site:

Replace windows and skylights with models that are ENERGY STAR® qualified for your climate zone.”

What they don’t tell you is what defines a ‘window’. [NOTE: Subsequent to this article and our complaining to the ecoENERGY people, they have added their definition of a window, buried amongst 50-odd notes to the ecoENERGY program]

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In the above picture, how many ‘windows’ do you see?

What about in the next picture of our living room’s bay windows?

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Well, according to the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit grant program, there are only 3 windows in the Family Room picture and only 1 ‘window’ in the living room.

What the do not tell you on the ecoENERGY web site, or if they do I couldn’t find it, is that the $30 + $30 ecoENERGY grant per ENERGY STAR ‘window’ is really $30 + $30 per opening in the outside wall in which there are one or more ENERGY STAR windows.

And, that is regardless of the size of window. It cost us way more than $30 + $30 = $60 to purchase and have installed ENERGY STAR bay windows in our living room vs non-ENERGY STAR windows.

But, it is what it is. I just want you to be aware of what you might be getting into should you be trying to calculate how much ecoENERGY grant money you will receive if you replace your existing windows with ENERGY STAR rated replacement windows.

So, where does that leave us?

Well there were 13 ‘openings’ in our exterior walls in which we had ENERGY STAR rated windows installed.

So, we can expect to receive 13 X $30 = $390 from the Federal Government and a further $390 from our Provincial Government.

We learned a lot. And, we added to our growing collection of home maintenance tips and money saving tips through our experiences.

We hope you learned as well from reading our experiences with the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program.

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  1. Tim Vander Meer says:

    Well I just wanted to say that as an energy advisor who works on the ecoenergy retrofit for homes program, I’m fairly distressed by the seeming lack of attention to detail the advisor had in the D visit that was conducted at your home.

    It’s standard practice (at least for myself any others I know) to take the homeowner through the home to go searching for air leaks that will be able to benefit you and get you that grant.

    If we’re not showing you anything and you have to go through it all on your own then what the heck are we being paid for.

    Also the advisor should have told you that it’s per rough opening, not per window as you can fit (as you now know) multiple windows into one rough opening.

    I guess like every profession, not all energy advisors are created equal.

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