Upgrade Your Home With Green Incentives

You’ve likely read a lot about ways to modify your house to make it easier to age in place. After all, universal design elements, such as grab bars and no-slip floors, make your house safer and more livable as you age.
Making green or eco-friendly home upgrades offers yet another smart strategy to age in place more comfortably and to ease the burden on your wallet.
Eco-friendly home upgrades entail everything from low-cost changes, such as installing programmable thermostats and low-flow plumbing fixtures, to pricier projects, such as upgrading windows and HVAC systems.
Beyond saving dollars, the modifications can result in an environment that is more comfortable and better for your health. As an example, some green changes eliminate mold and mildew and improve indoor air quality, making breathing easier and reducing respiratory distress.
No matter what eco-friendly upgrades you make there’s plenty of help, both in terms of defraying project costs and getting information about the processes.
All levels of government–federal, provincial and municipal–feature rebates, grants, and so forth, that you can tap into help you fund green upgrades.
• Government incentives: Search for incentives and rebates at the federal, provincial and municipal levels at http://energy.greenventure.ca or http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/incentives.cfm?attr=4.
• Grant tables: Find the ins and outs of how to get government grants for retrofits and a table that outlines the grant amounts available for upgrades. See http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/personal

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About John Lamberton-Broker, SRES- Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty

Residential and Commercial Real Estate Sales
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