Make Your Home more efficient with The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) - City of Toronto

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Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) – City of Toronto

The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) is for Toronto homeowners
to make energy-efficient upgrades with loans up to $125,000. Eligible
measures include:

  • Air-source heat pumps
  • Window and door replacements
  • Insulation for basements, attics, and walls
  • Air sealing (weather stripping and caulking)
  • Geothermal systems
  • High-efficiency water heaters, furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Drain-water heat recovery systems
  • Toilet replacements
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Rooftop solar PV panels
  • Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations
  • Battery storage systems

By participating in this program homeowners can access utility and
federal rebates, choose their preferred contractors and enjoying
benefits of a more sustainable home

*** Projects that include any of the following measures, solar,
windows, geothermal and/or heat pumps are eligible for a 20-year
term.

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Solify helps homeowners access energy audit grants and rebates to offset the cost of home improvements. Take advantage of government-sponsored programs that offer financial support for energy-efficient upgrades to your residential or commercial property, including Sustainable Home Design enhancements. Our team is here to guide you through the process and unlock the grants and rebates available to make your energy-efficient renovations more affordable, whether it’s a MURB energy audit or an energy audit for commercial buildings.

FAQs

Program Eligibility

You may be eligible for a low-interest loan through the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) if:

  • You are the owner of a detached, semi-detached, or row house located in the City of Toronto (the property’s postal code must begin with an “M”).
  • All property owners listed on the title of the property consent to participate in the program.
  • You have not had more than three instances of property tax or utility accounts being 60 days past due within the last three years.
  • If applicable, you obtain written consent from your mortgage lender. We will provide you with a customized Lender Consent Form for this purpose.
  • You can combine HELP with energy efficiency rebates and incentives offered by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, and utility companies. Explore the available loans and rebates to maximize your savings.

Application Process

Step 1: Complete an Application Form

Once your application is received and approved by the City, you will receive a funding offer indicating the maximum amount your property is eligible to receive through the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP). If your property has a mortgage, we will provide you with a letter and form to be presented to your mortgage lender for their consent, which is required before the funding offer can be sent. To access the form, please contact our team or utilize the fill the contact form for your convenience. We are here to assist you every step of the way!

Step 2: Home Energy Assessment and Funding Request

a) Schedule a home energy assessment with Green Canada Energy Advisors Inc. The assessment will evaluate your home’s insulation, heating and cooling systems, and identify any air leaks or drafts.

Upon completion of the assessment, you will receive:

    • A Renovation Upgrade Report outlining recommended improvements
    • An EnerGuide¹ rating reflecting your home’s current energy performance.
    • Information on available incentives and rebates.

For a list of details about incentives and rebates for home energy assessments, Fill out the contact form below for more details. Start saving energy today!

b) Submit your funding request, specifying the desired improvements and obtaining quotes from your chosen contractor(s) based on your goals, budget, and recommendations from the Solify Advisors. Take note of the available rebates and incentives from Enbridge Gas, Canada Greener Homes Grant, and other service providers.

Your funding request should include:

    • A list of the improvements you intend to undertake.
    • Details and cost estimates based on contractor quote(s).
    • The estimated incentive and rebate amount available to you from the utility companies

Step 3: Property Owner Agreement

Once your Funding Request is approved by the City, you will receive a Property Owner Agreement (POA) to be signed and returned. The POA serves as the funding agreement between the property owner(s) and the City. Upon approval of the POA, the City can provide up to 30% of the funds to support the project’s initiation.

Step 4: Complete Your Improvements and Submit Project Completion Report

As the homeowner, you are responsible for selecting, hiring, and compensating contractors for the work performed, as well as obtaining any necessary municipal or provincial permits, if applicable.

After completing your project, schedule a post-retrofit home energy assessment with your Energy Advisor. The Advisor will validate the improvements and provide a new EnerGuide rating for your home.

Submit a Project Completion Report, signed by your Solify Advisors, along with invoices from your contractor(s) and the new EnerGuide rating label. The City will then release the remaining funds for your project.

Step 5: Repay the Loan Over Time via Property Tax Bill

Upon project completion, the City will inform you when loan payments will commence. You will be enrolled in the City’s Pre-Authorized Tax Payment program, making 11 monthly instalments per year over the loan term. Loan repayments through the property tax bill follow the same regulations and penalties as other property tax payments.

You have the option to pay off the outstanding balance and clear the loan from your property at any point during the loan term. Early repayment is subject to a service fee imposed by Revenue Services.

Interest Rates & Terms

To stay updated on the latest interest rates and terms, please visit the Home Energy Loan Program.

 

Why Choose HELP?

Five Reasons to Choose HELP

    • Low-interest rates and flexible repayment terms of up to 20 years.
    • Avoid large upfront costs by spreading payments over time while saving on energy bills.
    • Convenient repayment through installments on your property tax bill, with the option to pay off the loan at any time.
    • Ongoing support from Green Canada Energy Advisors to assistance in accessing additional rebates and incentives.
    • The loan is attached to your property, not you as the owner, so if you sell your home, the new owner will assume the loan balance.

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