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Greener Homes Program

The Greener Homes program is administered by Natural Resources Canada. The program offers grants towards energy efficiency improvements and reimbursement for the costs of EnerGuide Rating System energy evaluations.

Want to know more about the Greener Homes program?

There are many differences between the Total Home Energy Savings program and the Greener Homes program, some of which could mean that an upgrade qualifies in one program and not the other. The best place for information is right at the source; the Greener Homes website is comprehensive and contains all the details of the program. The federal government also maintains a phone line for information on the Greener Homes program, the number is 1-833-674-8282.

NB Power had no input on how the program was designed or how it works and is not involved in administering the program.

Are you a current or past participant of NB Power’s Total Home Energy Savings program and do you have questions about taking advantage of the Greener Homes program?

The Greener Homes website has a specific section dedicated to retroactive participation. The “Eligibility Considerations” section of this web page has information about participating in the Greener Homes program retroactively. Note that NB Power cannot apply on your behalf and cannot forward any documents or receipts that may have been submitted as part of the Total Home Energy Savings program.

Some current Total Home Energy Savings program participants who don’t fit into the retroactive participation rules mentioned above may have installed some upgrades but intend on doing more through both programs; in these cases you will have to contact your Service Organization to schedule a final energy evaluation so you can exit out of the Total Home Energy Savings program and receive any applicable incentives. Then you will have to register for the Total Home Energy Savings program again (pick the same Service Organization to speed up the process) and discuss the Greener Homes program with your energy advisor or Service Organization. Note that you will have to pay the related fees again to participate in both programs.

Wondering how to benefit from both programs?

To benefit from both programs, and have your energy evaluations count for both programs, you should register in the Total Home Energy Savings program first. Then, once your Service Organization has contacted you to schedule an energy evaluation, you can discuss the Greener Homes program and register.

Please note that registering in the Greener Homes program first, or not registering in the Total Home Energy Savings program at all, means that you cannot participate in the Total Home Energy Savings program, your energy evaluations won’t count between both programs, and you won’t be able to combine incentives/grants.

Is there an additional cost to participate in the Greener Homes program ?

The cost to participate in the Total Home Energy Savings program is unchanged ($99 + HST), but if a homeowner chooses to participate in the Greener Homes program they will be charged an additional $150 + HST for their initial energy evaluation and $100 + HST for their final energy evaluation. This additional cost covers the additional effort required of your energy advisor to process your Greener Homes file (an additional and separate process from the Total Home Energy Savings program).

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Greener Homes program:

I haven’t had an energy evaluation yet; can the same energy evaluation be used for both programs?

Yes, energy evaluations through the Total Home Energy Savings program count as the energy evaluations towards the Greener Homes program. But the reverse is not true. You should register first in the Total Home Energy Savings program, wait until your Service Organization contacts you, then register for Greener Homes and pick the same Service Organization.

I had an energy evaluation in the past, can the same energy evaluation be used for both programs?

The Greener Homes website has a specific section dedicated to retroactive participation. The “Eligibility Considerations” section of this web page has information about participating in the Greener Homes program retroactively. Note that NB Power cannot apply on your behalf and cannot forward any documents or receipts that may have been submitted as part of the Total Home Energy Savings program.

If I register for one program, am I automatically registered in the other?

No, you need to register for each program separately. You should register first in the Total Home Energy Savings program, wait until your Service Organization contacts you, then register for Greener Homes and pick the same Service Organization.

What happens if I choose “no preference” as my Service Organization when I registered for the Total Home Energy Savings program?

You will receive an automatically generated email within a week after registering for the Total Home Energy Savings program with the name of your Service Organization. At this point you should wait until your Service Organization contacts you, then register for Greener Homes and pick the same Service Organization.

Are the grants/incentives the same between both programs?

No, there are differences in the required criteria as well as grant/incentive amounts. NB Power had no input on how the program was designed or how it works and is not involved in administering the program so you should check their website for more information.

I was thinking of the Total Home Energy Savings program to get an incentive for a heat pump, can I get a grant for a heat pump through the Greener Homes program too?

Yes, but the criteria for the two programs are quite different. Greener Homes heat pump requirements could mean that equipment eligible in one program is not eligible in the other. You should check the Greener Homes website for more information.