I've had clients ask me about the Sask. EnerGuide for Houses program. (SEGH) This is a program developed with the Government of Canada to help homeowners change and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The main benefits are saving on energy expenses and helping our environment.
There are 5 steps to applying:
1. Book a pre-retrofit evaluation. Sun Ridge Group, AmeriSpec and Energy Wise Solutions are three licensed service organizations in Sask. that do this. The cost is approximately $150 for the pre-retrofit and $100 for the post-retrofit evaluation. These are the subsidized amounts. The cost is actually double, but the grant pays for half of the evaluations.
2. Review the Results with the energy advisor. He will tell you how certain renovations or equipment will reduce energy usage. He will also review your grant eligibility for each recommendation.
3. Complete your retrofits. You have 18 months from your pre-retrofit evaluation to get the work done. Bear in mind, however, that the program ends in March 2011.
4. Book a post-retrofit evaluation. Book it with the same SEGH service organization that did your pre-retrofit evaluation.
5. Receive your grants. Depending on what work you had done, you will receive two cheques - one from SaskEnergy and one from Natural Resources Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada. The maximum grant you can receive is $10,000 ($5000 from the Gov't of Sask. and $5000 from the Gov't of Canada).
Click on the following link for a more detailed breakdown of the program and a list of eligible improvements: