Air Sealing Rebate
Receive a rebate of up to $500 for your air sealing improvement project.
If you are already participating in the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, you can use your home energy assessment report to apply for the takeCHARGE air sealing rebate.
- Making improvements to reduce the draftiness of your home is an important retrofit you can make to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
- Reducing the air leakage in your home keeps your house cozy when temperatures drop.
- Improves indoor air quality and provides better performance of heating and ventilation system.
- A well-sealed home can help you save energy and money.
How to Get Your Rebate
Schedule a pre-retrofit home energy assessment
- Be sure to choose only Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Certified Energy Advisors.
- There are several companies in Newfoundland and Labrador that perform this service. Click here to find an energy advisor near you.
- Once an appointment is scheduled, a certified energy advisor will come to your home to conduct an initial home energy assessment.
- If you have or are participating in the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, you can use your home energy assessment reports to apply for the takeCHARGE air sealing rebate.
Receive a custom report
After your home energy assessment, you will receive:
- An EnerGuide rating and label
- A Homeowner Information Sheet
- A Renovation Upgrade Report
Your home energy assessment results will help you understand and improve your home’s energy performance.
Complete your home air sealing project
- This can be completed by you (DIY) or a contractor.
- Contact a local air sealing contractor for professional air sealing.
Schedule a post-retrofit home energy assessment
- Once your air sealing project is complete you will schedule your post-retrofit home energy assessment.
- The results of your post-retrofit home energy assessment air leakage rate will show any improvements in the air leakage in your home compared to your initial home energy assessment.
- You can find the air leakage rate on your Homeowner Information Sheet. The air leakage rate at 50 pascals (air changes per hour) is listed on the House Details page in the table titled Airtightness.
Submit your rebate application
- Apply online or by mail.
To be eligible:
- New and existing homes are eligible.
- New homes must have an occupancy permit when the pre-retrofit home energy assessment is completed.
- Your primary source of heat is electric. If an additional heating source is used your home must have a minimum annual electricity usage of 15,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).
- You are the homeowner and have an active electricity account.
- Your home is on a permanent foundation and intended as a primary residence.
- Contractors and landlords can participate in the rebate programs if they meet eligibility requirements.
- Your home must have a heating and ventilation system.
Why it is a requirement to have a heating and ventilation system?
- In some instances, performing air sealing may result in inadequate ventilation, which could be detrimental to the house.
- When a home is too airtight, it can affect the ventilation, leading to mould and bacteria in the air.
- Heating and ventilation systems will circulate fresh air and keep the air dry in your home.
- Please seek additional information from your energy advisor and a qualified ventilation contractor.
- Pre and post-retrofit home energy assessments must be completed by a registered energy advisor.
- Your project meets a minimum 10% improvement in air leakage rate (air changes/hour).
- The rebate amount is based on the improvement in your air leakage rate. Materials and labour will not be reimbursed.
- Air sealing measures can be completed by you (DIY) or a contractor.
- You will not be eligible for a rebate if there is a change in the volume of your home after the initial assessment.
- Post-retrofit home energy assessment must take place within 180 days of first assessment.
- Post-retrofit home energy assessment must take place after Dec 12th, 2022.
- A customer who achieves a 30% improvement in their air leakage score will receive a rebate of $500.
- A customer who achieves a 10% improvement in their air leakage score will receive a rebate of $125.
Air leakage rate can be found on your Homeowner Information Sheet. The air leakage rate at 50 pascals (air changes per hour) is listed on the House Details page in the table titled Airtightness.
See below for sample table from the Homeowner Information sheet.
How to Buy & Install
- You can purchase air sealing products at a local retailer or through your contractor.
- You can install and complete air sealing measures yourself or hire a contractor.
- Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques.
- Weatherstripping is generally used to seal areas that move, such as doors and windows.
- Caulk is generally used for openings and cracks between stationary components such as around window and door frames.
How to Apply
Once your air sealing project and pre and post-refrofit home energy assessments have been completed you can apply online or by mail. Your rebate will be applied as a credit on your electricity bill.
- Allow up to eight weeks for processing.
- Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may visit your home and confirm your air sealing project at any time within 15 months from when the rebate was processed.
Low Cost Tips for Air Sealing Your Home
- Buy door sweeps to skirt door frames and prevent drafts from leaking out from under the door.
- Caulk around window casings, baseboards, door frames and wood trim.
- Use expandable spray foam to seal gaps.
- Prevent heat loss by using foam gaskets to insulate outlets and light switches.
- Seal the seams of heating ducts with foil tape to prevent air leakage.
- During winter months, use heat-shrink plastic on windows.
- Use weatherstripping around door and window frames.
Greatest Areas for Heat Loss
- Door and window frames
- Outlets and switches
- Trim and baseboards
- Fans and vents
- Ceiling fixtures
- Fireplace dampers
- Attic hatches
takeCHARGE reserves the right to change or terminate the Air Sealing Rebate Program at any time. If there is a difference between our printed materials and our website, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date program information.