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Get a Government Grant for Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

March 9, 2023

Did you know that Canada’s Climate Leadership Plan (through the Canada Greener Homes Grant & Loan) can help you save money on your upcoming home renovation? Whether you are simply ready to update your home, or are serious about saving the planet, there are several grants and rebates offered by the federal and provincial governments that can help you save on energy efficient home upgrades. Energy efficient windows and doors are just one of the many retrofits that can help you save!

What are Energy Efficient Windows and Doors?

Ever felt the cool air wafting over from the bay window while you try to enjoy your favourite show on Netflix? Energy-efficient windows and doors can help keep the cold (or heat) out so that you can stay comfy inside, no matter the weather. Energy-efficient windows are specially designed to minimize the heat that can transfer through the glass. Energy-efficient doors are similar and are insulated to minimize heat transfer. These special windows and doors effectively keep the extreme weather outside, keeping your home at a regular, consistent temperature.

What are the Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows and Doors?

There are three main benefits to installing energy efficient windows and doors in your home during your next home renovation.

  1. No more drafts: Energy efficient windows and doors help maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature inside your home.
  2. Reduced carbon footprint: Energy efficient windows and doors help keep the cold (or hot) weather outside, meaning that you need to consume less energy to stay comfortable.
  3. More money in the bank: Not only do these energy efficient products help you consume less energy every month (lowering your energy bill), but there are several rebates and grants that can help you save on their purchase and installation!

How to Choose Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

How do you know if a window or door is energy efficient? It can be overwhelming to navigate all the terminology, but we have you covered! Simply look for the following:

  • ENERGY STAR certification: Any products with an ENERGY STAR certification have passed rigorous tests and meet strict efficiency standards put in place by the government.
  • Insulated Frames: Look for fibreglass frames – these have inner spaces that can be filled with insulation.
  • Low-E Glass: This glass has a coating on the interior which reflects the heat back inside your home.
  • U-Factor: Measures the heat transfer rate through the window or door– you want this number to be low.
  • R-Value: Measures insulating value (resistivity) of the window or door – you want this number to be high.
Are there rebates in Canada for Energy Efficient Windows and Doors?

There are several financial incentives put in place by the government that will help you cover the cost of your new energy efficient windows and doors. One that you have probably heard of is the Canada Greener Homes Grant; a program put in place by the Canadian government that will reimburse up to $5,000 for energy-efficient home renovations, including windows and doors. Depending on where you live, there are also provincial rebates and grants that you may be eligible for.

How to get a rebate on your Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

Sign up with us here at Saaf for help with your renovation and rebates. You can get multiple quotes from different home renovators who are ready to help you update your windows and doors. You can choose the best bid, and we’ll make sure you get all the grants you are eligible for. It’s that simple.

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