To continue encouraging customers to use less energy, and to use it more wisely, Énergir introduced a number of enhancements to its energy efficiency programs in late 2019:
- More projects eligible for our Solar preheating grant
Previously, our Solar preheating grant was only eligible for air preheating projects used for space heating. As of October 1, it is now available for preheating the air used for processes and for preheating water. All eligible projects can receive a grant of up to $200,000.
- A larger grant for feasibility studies
The maximum financial assistance available from Énergir for a feasibility study has increased from $5,000 to $25,000 (with a maximum of 50% of total study costs). This amount helps cover the costs of a study determining opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of a building or process.
- An increase in the Recommissioning grant (RCx)
The maximum grant for the recommissioning of building mechanical systems has been increased to $100,000. This increase will help bring more RCx projects to fruition.
- Smart thermostats: Up to $100 per device
A $100 Smart thermostat grant is now available to all Énergir’s business customers. The $100 amount is offered to customers who buy a smart thermostat and install it on a central heating system. Note that the grant must not exceed 75% of the cost of the device.
Also, the calculation of the Efficient renovation grant will be simplified shortly. Regardless of the renovation, the financial assistance will soon be $1/m3 of natural gas saved for projects with a consumption of 150,000 m3 or more, and will be calculated based on the installation per square metre for other projects: $30/m2 for high-performance windows and $8/m2 for insulation of walls and roofs.
All these improvements will enable Énergir to better support its customers in reducing their energy consumption, and thus contribute to reaching the ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the Québec government.