Take advantage of the Green Ontario fund to save energy (and cash!)
The Green Ontario Fund is an agency that operates on behalf of the Government and exists with the sole aim of reducing energy costs and fighting climate change – all at the same time. They offer things like rebates for having smart meters installed, or funding for innovative new ideas on how businesses and homes can save more on their energy costs. They are a great starting point to streamlining your energy costs if you operate a business in the Ontario area; and they can even save you money at home.
Besides the retrofit incentive for the Smart Meter, they can offer thousands of dollars to those that have insulated windows fitted – and these are fantastic for keeping heat inside your home and solving draught problems. You have the double benefit of having a warmer home and helping the environment – and you do it all at discount price… so now is the time to get involved.
The fund will offer you $20,000 if you have your own home Geothermic heat pump installed at home, a brilliant device that heats and cools your home by sourcing heat from the ground. If that isn’t to your fancy, they are also offering $5,800 to have your own air-source heat pumps, which use the air outside and inside your building along with heating and refrigeration technology to keep your home cozy or cool, depending on the weather!
If you own or operate a business, or if you are a landlord, then the Green Ontario Fund hasn’t forgotten about you! If you are a construction service, or if you work in installation of any heat pumps or other energy saving techniques that they invest in – you can also apply to be a contractor by visiting their webpage. Contractors receive incentives too, and in this way the GOF team are reinvesting in the local community.
Catering businesses can save money on updating their refrigeration equipment to align with emissions efficient equipment. This is a huge area of cost for some catering facilities and outdated refrigeration equipment will be draining your energy more than you know. A discount or cash back in turn for you updating these systems will help you in the long term, and also help Canada meet its commitments to climate change.
Depending on where your business is, you might qualify for a free energy assessment that can highlight areas where you could save. The Fund will send someone out to assess and advise you on the steps you should take to update energy saving methods in your organsiation.
You could also qualify to be part of the ‘Green Roof’ scheme – and receive grants to turn the roof of your business building into a ‘cool roof’ that will cut emissions and help you save! A cool roof has extra reflective technology that will help keep heat in and/or out of your office building, keeping you cool all year long.
The Green Ontario Fund also offers retrofit incentives for boilers, furnaces and other heating appliances. They also offer tips and tools that can be used to streamline the energy cost of your manufacturing process… which could save you big money long term.
Well many of the boiler updates, lighting advice and emissions reducing deals are still open to non-profit and charitable organizations, too. The same rules apply if you have a home building or a place of business – but we appreciate that charities need to save money wherever they possibly can. The Green Ontario Fund can offer you the same retrofit initiatives, equipment savings and solid advice too! If your organization owns the building in which it operates then you may be offered the same deals, grants and incentives that you might apply for as a business.
So if you are a home or business owner interested in saving money (who isn’t) and you’re lucky enough to live in the Ontario area; then you could be on to some serious savings if you are willing to do a little bit of reading. Head on over to the Green Ontario Fund’s website to check out how much you could be saving, and how much good you could be doing for the planet. Type in your postcode and you will find a list of grants and incentives available in your area, and start saving now.