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Guide to Government Grants when Replacing Your Furnace

Posted on May 21, 2013
by Appleby Systems

To encourage residents to conserve energy, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) offers furnace replacement grants to consumers who replace their old furnaces with energy-efficient equipment. With this program, installing a new furnace will not only save you money on your electric bill and increase the value and comfort of your home, it will also earn you $250.

The program does have certain requirements, however, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the details before buying your new furnace.

Furnace and Installation Requirements

With the current furnace replacement incentive, you can receive a grant for replacing your existing furnace with a more efficient unit that is equipped with an electronically commutated motor (ECM). This type of motor consumes up to 60 percent less energy than a traditional motor. 

To receive the grant, you must purchase an eligible ECM-equipped furnace from a contractor approved by the OPA (like Appleby Systems). This contractor must also install the furnace.

If you’re not in the Oakville area, you can find a list of OPA-approved contractors in your area by using this locator or calling 1-877-797-9473. Lists of eligible furnaces are available from approved contractors.

Other Eligibility Requirements for Furnace Grants

To be eligible for a furnace replacement incentive grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Own or rent the furnace you are replacing
  • If you are renting the furnace, have written consent from the owner
  • Be the owner of the property where the furnace will be installed or be a tenant with the owner's written approval
  • Not be a heating and cooling system distributor

In addition, the location where you are going to replace the furnace must meet these requirements:

  • Have an Ontario address
  • Have fewer than six residential units
  • Be connected to the local electric distribution company's system or be behind the meter of another customer connected to this system

Application Procedure for Furnace Grants

After the OPA-approved contractor installs your new furnace, he or she will fill out an online form on the OPA's site. You need to approve this form. Once you have done this, send a copy of the approved form with proof of purchase for your furnace to the OPA via email, fax or regular mail. You should receive your payment in four to eight weeks.

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Where to Find the Latest Information on Grants for Furnace Replacement

More information on heating and cooling grants, including grants for furnace replacement, is available from the OPA's Heating and Cooling Incentive page.

This page is also a good place to look for updates to current incentive programs and announcements of new incentives.

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