Rebates on energy-efficient home improvements

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) provides rebates to help owners of older, less energy-efficient homes in the Northwest Territories (NWT) to reduce the costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with heating their homes. These rebates can help homeowners offset the costs of upgrading their insulation, windows, air sealing and heating systems. Individual homeowners, businesses, non-profit organizations, community governments and Indigenous governments can apply. To be eligible for rebates under this program, an exterior wall insulation upgrade is required. See the program guidelines in the sidebar to the right for full details.

How it works

Note: To be eligible for rebates under this program, an exterior wall insulation upgrade is required.

What houses are eligible?

Single-family homes and row housing (not exceeding three stories) are eligible under this program.

For your home to be eligible, the AEA will need to conduct EnerGuide home evaluations on your house before and after your upgrades.

Multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartment buildings, are not eligible.

Complete a pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation

An AEA energy advisor will complete a comprehensive analysis of your home to determine how it uses energy, and will provide you with a list of recommended upgrades to make your house more energy efficient. You will also receive an EnerGuide label and homeowner information sheet, which will show how your home’s expected annual energy use compares to a typical new house (a house that would be similar to yours, but built to the energy requirements of the 2015 National Building Code).

Complete the recommended energy efficiency upgrades to your home

Once you have determined which upgrades you would like to complete, you are responsible for choosing and paying for a renovation contractor and any products or materials to be installed. The AEA recommends that you get quotes and client references from three different contractors, and speak with those references.

The AEA is able to provide free “house as a system” building-science advice to you and your selected contractor.

You are also responsible for getting any necessary permits, inspections and approvals for your upgrades.

Complete a post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation

Once your upgrades are complete, the AEA will evaluate your home a second time to determine how the upgrades have improved your home’s energy efficiency. You will receive a new EnerGuide label and homeowner information sheet.

You have up to two years from the date of your pre-retrofit home evaluation to complete your upgrades and book an appointment with the AEA for a post-retrofit evaluation. You must contact the AEA before January 31, 2022 to book this appointment.

Complete your application form

When your post-retrofit evaluation is done, your AEA energy advisor will provide you with a rebate application form and help you complete it.

The rebates

Insulation

Under this program, the rebate you receive for upgrading your insulation will be double that of the AEA’s rebate program for energy-efficient products.

Get up to $8,000 for upgrading exterior wall insulation, and up to $5,000 for insulating attics, ceilings, exposed floors, basements, basement headers and crawlspaces.

Note: To be eligible for all other rebates under this program, exterior wall insulation is required.

Windows

Get up to $3,000 for installing ENERGY STAR® certified windows rated for Zone 3—$250 per window up to 12 windows.

Air sealing

Get up to $1,000 for reducing your home’s air leakage. Air leakage will be measured during your pre-retrofit and post-retrofit home energy evaluations.

Furnaces and boilers

Get up to $3,000 for upgrading your furnace or boiler to a more efficient model.

The rebate you receive will be double that of the AEA’s rebate program for energy-efficient products.

Shipping

Get up to $2,000 to help cover the cost of shipping materials to NWT communities without year-round road access.

Bonus rebate

Reduce your annual energy use by at least 20% and get a bonus rebate, from $1,000 for a 20% reduction up to $4,000 for a 50% reduction.

Fine print

  • The maximum rebate you can receive for one house is $20,000.
  • Owners of multiple houses can apply for rebates on up to five houses per year. Each house is eligible for a rebate up to the $20,000 maximum.
  • Only products purchased through NWT dealers are eligible for full rebates. Products purchased outside of the NWT but within Canada are eligible for 50% of the NWT rebate. Click for a list of participating dealers.
  • Final approval will be made by the Executive Director of the Arctic Energy Alliance.
  • Application forms must be complete and accurate to ensure prompt delivery of your rebate.
  • There is a fee of $150 plus GST for each home energy evaluation (pre-retrofit and post-retrofit). If you have already had a pre-retrofit evaluation completed and need it updated, the fee is $100 plus GST.