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Everything You Need To Know About The Ontario Heating And Cooling Incentives Program

The only thing crueler than an Ontario winter is the impact it has on our energy bills. Savvy homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save money on heating and cooling costs for their home and there are programs available to help mitigate the costs of upgrading to more energy efficient HVAC options. However, these programs can be somewhat difficult to navigate; Many homeowners are put off by the legal jargon and simply give up in frustration.

Walker ClimateCare is dedicated to ensuring that our customers get the most out of their HVAC systems, from functionality all the way to affordability. So we’ve put together this quick roadmap to the Heating And Cooling Incentives Program to arm you with the knowledge you need to reduce your energy costs and maximize your HVAC investment through rebate incentives.

What Is The Ontario Heating And Cooling Incentives Program?

It is a program made possible through the cooperation of Save On Energy and Green Ontario Fund that offers financial incentives to homeowners for upgrading older, less energy efficient heating and cooling systems in an effort to curb global climate change and reduce energy costs for Ontario citizens.

How Much Of A Rebate Can Be Expected?

Depending on the type of system and which components are chosen, people taking advantage of the program can expect rebates as high as $5800. There are eligibility requirements that need to be met which we will cover later but for now, we will focus on the amount of money that can be expected from the various rebate incentives and the required qualifications for the equipment itself.


  • You can receive a rebate of $600 for installing a new high-efficiency air conditioning unit. The newer units are very reliable and less prone to breakdowns in addition to the energy savings they provide.  The new unit must be Energy Star certified, be SEER18/13EER rated or higher, and be equipped with an eligible indoor coil.
  • Receive a $250 rebate by replacing your old furnace with a high-efficiency model. A new high-efficiency motor can reduce heating costs by as much as 25% per year. The new unit must be equipped with an ECM motor to qualify.
  • Receive $30 for installing an ECM circulator pump in your existing hydronic heating system. These pumps are simple to install and offer significant energy savings. To qualify, you must install the new pump in an existing hydronic heating system and have a variable speed ECM.
  • If your home is electrically heated, you can receive significant rebates by installing an air-source heating pump, also known as an ASHP, in your home. These pumps offer versatile options for installation, provide AC as an additional benefit, and can save you up to 50% on your heating costs.  The amount received is dependent on the type of system you have: – Ductless ASHP: $1,900 – Ductless Multi-Port ASHP: $2,500-$4,250 – Ducted ASHP: $3,250 – Cold Climate Ductless: $2,500 – Cold Climate Ductless Multi-Port: $3,000-$5,800 – Cold Climate Ducted: $5,500

    To qualify, you must be a small business or private home that is electrically heated that is equipped with an Energy Star certified system with a minimum SEER 15/HSPF 8.5/EER 12.5 rating.
  • Receive $50 when you install a new adaptive thermostat. These thermostats go a long way toward increasing the comfort and convenience of your home by allowing you to control heating with your smartphone or tablet and can reduce energy costs by as much as 15%.There are a number of qualifications your new adaptive thermostat must meet to be eligible for the rebate:- Must be connected to a continuous 24-volt power supply.- Must be Wi-Fi enabled and feature remote controllability through a remote device such as a smartphone or tablet.

    -Must be equipped with some type of occupancy-based controls, like geo-fencing or occupancy sensors to detect whether or not the home is occupied to govern usage while the home is vacant. Automatic scheduling alone is not sufficient to qualify. The unit must be equipped with occupancy detection functions.

    – Must be compatible with any installed multi-stage heating and cooling units.

    -Must come with at least a two-year warranty.

    – Must be capable of downloading software patches and upgrades released by the manufacturer

Who Qualifies?

Any residents or small businesses with a residential-type, non-industrial heating system are eligible for the program as long as all services are performed by a contractor that uses qualifying components and is a participant in the Heating And Cooling Program. Note that this means all services, including purchase and installation of qualifying components.

How To Apply

Applying for the rebates is a fairly simple process for the homeowner because most of the responsibility for doing so falls to the contractor who sells and installs the qualifying equipment. To maximize your rebates, it is best to arrange for a consultation with a qualifying contractor who can offer advice regarding which components and equipment fall within your budget and are suitable for your home.

Basically, there are 5 steps to the rebate process, from start to finish:

  1. Speak with Walker ClimateCare about the program.
  2. Choose and install any energy saving measures for your home.
  3. Your contractor submits the application on your behalf.
  4. You will be sent a copy of the application so that you may confirm all of the details. You will also be asked to provide proof of purchase for any eligible energy-saving measure you have installed in your home.
  5. In approximately 8-12 weeks, you will receive a cheque for your rebate.

Deadlines For Application

All documents for eligible installations performed in 2018 must be submitted by December 31, 2018. Your contractor must submit your online incentive submission by February 1st, 2019. All supporting documentation for online submissions, including proof of purchase, must be submitted by February 28th, 2019.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to learn more about the right Rebate offer for your home!

Stay comfy for less. Upgrade your home heating and cooling systems and save up to $325 a year in energy costs.

Green Ontario FundWhat you can get:

Upgrade to more energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment with the following rebates:

  • $250 to replace an old furnace with a high-efficiency furnace equipped with an electronically commutated motor .
  • Up to $600 to purchase and install new ENERGY STAR® certified central air conditioning systems that meet specific efficiency ratings.
  • For electrically heated homes, get up to $4,000 for an air source heat pump and $50 for a smart thermostat.

How to Get Started:

    • Contact a Walker ClimateCare.
    • We will advise which equipment is eligible for the rebate. For current incentives, the project must be completed by February 1, 2018 and you must submit your proof of purchase (invoice) no later than February 28, 2018.
    • Once you apply for the rebate, you can check the status of your rebate.
    • For more information, contact Walker ClimateCare, call Save on Energy at 1-877-797-9473 or visit saveonenergy.ca.

Contact Walker ClimateCare today for details.

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