Did you know that you may be eligible for home grants for a retrofit program worth up to $5,600?
On May 27, 2021, the Canadian government launched grants for home improvements called the “Canada Greener Homes Grant.” Canadians are thrilled. In fact, the application website had visits from so many interested homeowners that it crashed. However, there’s no need to rush to apply. If you’d like to retrofit your home, you’re in luck because these government grants for home renovations are available to eligible applicants for the next seven years.
In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about these exciting new home improvement grants and how Crackmasters can help you with resiliency measures.
Home Owner Grant Eligibility
To apply for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you must:
- Own a home that is a:
- Single or semi-detached house
- Row house
- An all-season cottage
- Permanently-moored floating home
- Residential portion of a mixed-use building
- Small multi-unit residential building (three storeys or less with a footprint no larger than 600 square meters)
- Mobile home on a permanent foundation
- Prove you live in the home (landlords who live elsewhere are ineligible)
Please note that new homes are ineligible. First Nations land claims organizations and Indigenous housing management bodies are eligible to apply.
To qualify, homeowners must complete an energy evaluation, hire contractors, pay for materials and pass a secondary energy audit. Once they’ve met the expectations of the final audit, they will be given one or more of these government grants for homeowners.
Upgrades that Qualify for the Home Grants
Natural Resources Canada, the department that administers these home renovation grants, lists the following projects as qualifying for the home grants:
- Insulation (up to $5,000)
- Air-sealing (up to $1,000)
- Window and door replacement (up to $5,000)
- Heat pump installation and hot water equipment (up to $5,000)
- Solar Panel installation (up to $5,000)
- Resiliency measures like batteries, foundation waterproofing, and roofing membranes (up to $2,625)
- Smart thermostat installation (up to $50, must be in combination with another retrofit program)
The conditions for these retrofit programs are that materials and equipment must be purchased in Canada or from a Canadian online distributor. The home grants will be provided retroactively once the upgrades have been certified. You will only receive reimbursement on retrofit programs that have been recommended by your energy auditor during their pre-evaluation. The amount of money received will be based upon the final energy audit.
How To Use The Home Grants to Your Advantage
Before you apply for the Canadian Greener Homes Grant, reflect on your home upgrade concerns. Then, do a lot of research on the renovations you’re interested in, as well as the associated costs and the local contractors that are available to do the job. Once you’ve ascertained that you’re eligible for the home grant, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my home too hot in the summer? Or too cold in the winter?
- How much am I paying for my electricity bill?
- Are there any holes or cracks around my home?
- How much am I willing to pay for retrofitting?
Why Work With Crackmasters For Your Resiliency Measures
Property is your most valuable asset. Therefore, it’s crucial to take good care of your home as well as our shared home, Plant Earth. Due to climate change, we are experiencing more extreme weather worldwide, from fire to flooding to wind. Ensure your home is protected from the effects of climate change with Crackmasters’ basement waterproofing service.
Crackmasters is proud to be a Canadian company serving Mississauga, Ontario. We specialize in basement waterproofing, and we’ve serviced many different types of basements from block to brick. We have four basement waterproofing systems we can implement based on our inspection of your home’s foundation. The following are breakdowns of these systems:
1. Sump Pump and Pit Installation
A sump pump removes water that has accumulated in a water-collecting pit in the basement of a home. To install this pump, Crackmasters has the following tried-and-true process:
- The sump liner is placed in the hole and wrapped with a filter cloth.
- Clear gravel is used to fill the hole surrounding the liner.
- A cast-iron submersible sump pump sits on the bottom of the liner and is plumbed to discharge the water that collects in the pit automatically.
- A lid is secured to the pit, and the concrete floor is replaced.
2. Battery Back-Up Systems
This system ensures that your sump pump will run in a power outage. It involves the following processes:
- A secondary pump is installed above the primary pump.
- A trickle charger is connected to a marine battery that powers the pump.
- It uses the same discharge pipe as the primary pump.
3. External Excavation
This system stops water from entering through a block, poured or brick foundation with proper drainage. It involves the following processes:
- The earth is excavated along the wall down to the footing to expose the weeping tile.
- The old weeping tile is removed and replaced with a new filter-wrapped perforated tile.
- The Foundation wall is cleaned, and visible cracks are filled.
- Sealed with Bakor Foundation Sealer – or – Blue Skin Membrane.
- Platon membrane is fastened to the wall and sealed along the top edge.
- 6” of ¾” gravel is placed over the weeping tiles, and the trench is backfilled. Settling may occur.
4. Internal Weeping Tile System
This system controls any water coming through a block wall or up from the floor. It involves the same processes as external excavation, but the process will be completed inside your basement’s concrete floor instead of outside.
We additionally specialize in foundation repair and basement crack repair. Get a free online basement waterproofing quote today or call now to speak to one of our skilled technicians. We’ll answer any questions about how we can water-proof your home’s foundation and render you less vulnerable to the effects of climate change.