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Quebec’s Rénoclimat Program—Financial Aid for Montreal Home Owners

November 11, 2013

Quebec’s Rénoclimat Program—Financial Aid for Montreal Home Owners

Winter is fast approaching and as the temperature dips below zero, the reality of our home’s energy efficiency quickly becomes apparent. If your home is less than par for its energy efficiency, consider upgrading your heating systems or performing other energy saving options to increase your energy rating. A Montreal general contractor can quickly help you get the work done, as well as give ideas about how to stay warmer in the winter.
So it comes as great news that there is a generous program available to Quebec residents to help cover the costs of improving your home’s energy performance. Rénoclimat is available to any home owner in Quebec, and will contribute financially to eligible home improvements. To find out more, read on!

Rénoclimat Program Basics

The Rénoclimat program will guide you in getting the most from your home renovation project. Starting with an on-site evaluation from a Rénoclimat consultant, you will quickly get an idea of where your home’s energy rating is at, where it could be and how to get there!
In order to qualify for financial assistance through the Rénoclimat program you must be:
  • Performing insulation work
  • Performing improvements to affect the air tightness of your home
  • Installing or replacing mechanical systems such as geothermal systems, water heaters, heat pumps or a ventilation system.
Take care to check the eligibility of the work you want to do. If it is not on this list, it is not covered by the Rénoclimat program and you won’t receive financial assistance from them. 
A few projects and improvements that are not covered by the Rénoclimat program include:
  • Replacing windows and doors
  • Multiple electronic thermostats throughout a home
  • Replacing air conditioning units
  • Heat pump repairs
  • Replacing an existing heating system with one that is fueled by another type of energy EXCEPT for geothermal systems and heat pumps
  • Water conservation efforts
  • Extensions/additions
  • Any work that does not improve the energy efficiency of a home.
Is there a time limit of completing my project?
The answer is no. Since December 18, 2012, eligible home owners are not required to complete the work within a set amount of time. This allows you to take the time you need to do the work required without added pressure or missing a deadline. Be aware that your payment requires work to be completed, so getting the work done promptly and professionally will speed up the payment!

Cost of a pre-work energy evaluation

There is a fee for your first energy assessment with the Rénoclimat consultant. The amounts differ depending on your type of dwelling. Take a look at the amount to pay for the first energy evaluation of your home. This fee must be paid by the homeowner to the Rénoclimat energy consultant at the time of the assessment.
Special note for single-family homes: Because Rénoclimat wants to encourage participation in the program as well as the completion of energy efficient renovations; there is a reimbursement for single family homes. This means the pre-work evaluation will actually cost $72.46 for a single family home.
What are the amounts of financial assistance?
The amounts vary, depending on your situation and the project. We recommend heading to the Rénoclimat website and taking a quick look through the amounts for financial assistance.
Dilamco can help! We do all kinds of home renovation projects, including the types that are eligible for the Rénoclimat program. Give us a call today and find out how to keep warm this winter!
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