Make the Switch: The Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant for Better Heating
Heating your home is a necessity, especially during the colder months. However, traditional oil heating can be expensive, polluting, and inefficient. The good news is that Canadians currently heating their homes with oil can transition to affordable electric cold-climate heat pumps, thanks to the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant. Rely on B.A.P. Heating & Cooling Services to help you navigate this new act and learn how to make the most of these new changes.
Understanding The Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant
The Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant is designed to help Canadian homeowners who are currently heating their homes with oil make the switch to a more affordable and efficient heat pump. The grant provides up to $5,000 to cover the costs associated with converting from oil to a heat pump, including:
- The purchase and installation of an eligible cold-climate air source heat pump.
- Electrical upgrades are required for the new heat pump.
- Safe removal of the oil tank.
To be eligible for the grant, homeowners must meet the following requirements:
- Household income: The household income must be median or below, after tax.
- Oil heating: The home must be heated by oil as of January 2023.
- Homeownership: The applicant must be the primary resident and owner of the home. The current address must be up to date on their government-issued I.D.
- Fuel bills: The applicant must have copies of their oil fuel bills from the last 12 months.
- Canada Greener Homes Grant: The applicant must not have already received money for a heat pump as part of the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
Oil Conversions: Oil to Gas, Propane, or Heat Pump
There are several options for homeowners who want to switch from oil to a different heating source, including gas, propane, and heat pumps.
- Oil to Gas Conversions: Natural gas is a popular alternative to oil heating, especially in urban areas. Natural gas is a fossil fuel that is cleaner-burning than oil, but it still produces greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, natural gas prices can be subject to change and may increase during high demand.
- Oil to Propane Conversions: Propane is a type of liquefied petroleum gas that can be used for heating homes. Propane is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than oil. However, propane prices can also be volatile and may be affected by supply and demand.
- Oil to Heat Pump Conversions: Heat pumps are an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient alternative to traditional oil heating. They extract heat from the air or ground and transfer it into your home. In cold climates, cold-climate heat pumps are designed to work efficiently in temperatures as low as -25°C.
Combining the Grant with Other Programs
Eligible homeowners can combine the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant with funding from existing federal, provincial, territorial, and utility programs. This can help homeowners maximize their savings and reduce their out-of-pocket costs.
The Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Grant is an excellent opportunity for Canadian homeowners to switch from traditional oil heating to a more efficient and environmentally-friendly heat pump. With the grant covering up to $5,000 in costs associated with the conversion, homeowners can enjoy cost savings and reduce their carbon footprint.
Applications will open in early 2023. At B.A.P. Heating & Cooling Services, we encourage interested homeowners to contact us and rely on our expertise to guide them through this change. We look forward to helping more Canadian households switch to a more sustainable and affordable heating solution.