EnerGuide Home Evaluations

The EnerGuide Home Evaluation Incentive Program offers a rebate to encourage upgrades for more energy efficient homes. The rebate amount is awarded on a flat rate per evaluation. This Program requires the services of an energy advisor.

An EnerGuide home evaluation provides personalized advice for improving your home's efficiency. It identifies which improvements are worthwhile for your home, saving you money on utility bills over time!


What is a home evaluation?

The evaluation is an in-home energy consultation performed by a professional. It provides a customized report showing where to make improvements and which are most important for improving your home's energy performance.

Your personalized report will recommend upgrades to help eliminate drafts, reduce noise and provide consistent temperatures and cleaner air. The evaluation will give you an energy efficiency rating and label for your home.


 

Frequently asked questions

Who is an energy advisor?

An energy advisor is an individual that has been licensed and tested by Natural Resources Canada to perform all of the required modeling, testing, and associated paperwork required to obtain an EnerGuide rating.

What steps are involved in obtaining an EnerGuide® rating?

  1. Contact an energy advisor to enroll and register the house in the program.
  2. The energy advisor completes an analysis of the house, noting components that will affect the energy efficiency of the house (i.e. mechanical equipment, windows, building envelope, insulation levels, etc.).
  3. After data has been collected, the homeowner is provided with the evaluation report and official label that shows the EnerGuide rating of the home. This label is then to be affixed to the electrical panel.

I live outside of Medicine Hat. Am I eligible for the HAT Smart rebates?

Yes, all City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customers are eligible to apply. If you are currently receiving a residential natural gas or electric bill from the City of Medicine Hat, you are eligible to apply.
Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I apply?
All applications are subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application form is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the program, nor payment of the rebate itself. Rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis and an incomplete application form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.

Rebate Amount

HAT Smart will pay the pre-tax amount of the evaluation to a maximum of $400. Applicants are responsible for all taxes and any additional amount above the maximum rebate amount.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is available to homeowners retroactive to December 1, 2020. It requires an EnerGuide home evaluation before the retrofit and then a post-retrofit evaluation once renovations are completed.


Application deadline

Application deadline is noon on January 7, 2022.

Application terms and conditions

EnerGuide Home Evaluation Incentive Terms and Conditions

The following application terms and conditions (“Application Terms and Conditions”) establish the eligibility requirements and related terms and conditions for an application to the EnerGuide Home Evaluation Incentive Program (“Program”).

The application shall be subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application is neither a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the Program, nor payment of the rebate itself, and is subject to the following Application Terms and Conditions:

  1. The Program will be in effect from January 1 to December 31 (“Term”) of the application year, or until a time in which Program funding becomes fully subscribed.
  2. To be eligible for a rebate under the Program, the Applicant must be a City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customer. The Applicant is eligible for one (1) rebate per residential address.
  3. Applications will only be accepted for purchases and work completed within the Program Term, as evidenced by the corresponding sales receipt and/or invoice.
  4. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit applications is noon on the last business day before January 10 of the following year, provided Program funding is still available. Late applications and/or applications received after Program funding has been fully exhausted will be declined.
  5. To qualify for a rebate under the Program, the EnerGuide rating must be obtained under the ERS v.15 rating system and must be determined by a certified energy advisor.
  6. Eligible Projects will qualify for a rebate of up to $400.
  7. The Eligible Project must be completed by the property owner as confirmed through the City of Medicine Hat billing system. The Applicant agrees the Eligible Project has been completed in the specified dwelling by a service provider and that purchases and installations are for non-commercial use.
  8. The Program is for existing homes. An existing home is any home built more than six (6) months prior to installations, replacements, and/or upgrades.
  9. The Applicant is responsible for meeting all Program requirements and complying with any laws, regulations, or by-laws regarding permits, codes, restrictions, and/or inspections in relation to products or equipment installed.
  10. The Applicant shall be responsible for any direct or indirect taxes, duties, levies, fees, or like charges incurred by the Applicant as a result of participation in the Program and hereby indemnifies HAT Smart for the same.
  11. The Applicant agrees that it is solely responsible for, and liable for, the selection, purchase, installation, and ownership/maintenance of the products included in the submitted rebate application and that HAT Smart is not affiliated in any way with the manufacturer, distributor, dealer, and/or installer of the product.
  12. The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that HAT Smart makes no representation or warranty, whether expressed, implied, direct or indirect, with respect to the products, services or other measures that the Applicant has purchased and which is the subject matter of the rebate application.
  13. The Applicant further acknowledges and agrees that HAT Smart is not responsible for the design, verification, and/or operation of the product, and accepts no liability nor makes any representations with respect to estimated or possible energy savings that will be incurred in the function of the products, services or measures, and/or the installation, performance, reliability, safety, use or fitness of the products for the Applicant's particular purpose.
  14. Any other rebate(s), discount(s) and/or incentive(s) offered and/or provided by any government agency, institution, manufacturer, distributor, dealer and/or installer are separate and distinct from the Program and HAT Smart shall not be responsible for the administration or payment of the same nor be responsible for the erroneous submission of other rebate(s), discount(s) and/or incentive(s) to HAT Smart.
  15. The Applicant agrees that combined incentives from government programs shall not exceed 100% of Eligible Project costs.
  16. Complementary municipal, provincial, and/or corporate rebates administered by HAT Smart may have different eligibility criteria including, but not limited to, unique start and end dates. Visit www.hatsmart.ca for a complete listing of available rebates and eligibility criteria.
  17. The Applicant consents to the disclosure of information to HAT Smart and its contractors, employees and partners. HAT Smart undertakes that the information provided in the application will not be sold or distributed for commercial or promotional purposes or financial gain.
  18. HAT Smart reserves the right to change or terminate the Program at any time without notice or explanation. HAT Smart will use reasonable efforts to administer a completed eligible application received prior to such a change or termination of the Program in accordance with the Program as it existed effective as of the date of the completed eligible application.
  19. The Applicant is responsible for researching and ensuring they qualify under applicable eligibility criteria and the Applicant hereby indemnify HAT Smart against any liability for the same.
  20. HAT Smart does not guarantee energy savings, of any amount(s), by participation with the completion of the Eligible Project as part of the Program.
  21. HAT Smart accepts no responsibility for incomplete applications which will neither be processed nor held by HAT Smart. HAT Smart is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late or misdirected mail or illegible submissions.
  22. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not considered a part of the total project costs; therefore, HAT Smart rebates will be based on pre-tax amounts and will not exceed the amount of total project costs (less GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount.
  23. A copy of the purchase receipt or other information relevant to the rebate being applied for is required. Omission of such required information will result in an incomplete application. Required Documentation details can be found on the HAT Smart website.
  24. The Applicant should retain a copy of their application as the Applicant's original application and purchase receipt will not be returned by HAT Smart.
  25. In submitting this application, the Applicant consents to the collection and use, disclosure and retention of the personal information herein provided for five years following which such information will be destroyed or made anonymous.
  26. The Applicant should allow at least 8 (eight) weeks to process the application. If approved, the rebate will be paid direct to the Energy Advisor. All rebate cheques issued must be cashed within 180 days from the cheques' issuance date and will not be re-issued after this time.
How to participate
 
Determine eligibility

Before completing any work under the Program, please ensure that you read the Eligibility section. For instance, a certified energy advisor must conduct your EnerGuide Home Evaluation.

Eligibility

To qualify for a rebate under the program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customers* are eligible to apply once per residential address.
  • This incentive program is for existing residential properties. An existing home is any home built more than six months prior to installations, replacements, and/or upgrades.
  • Your EnerGuide Home Evaluation must be completed by a Certified Energy Advisor
  • For a list of service organizations that work with energy advisors in our community, visit the Natural Resources Canada website:
  • Find service organizations for existing homes
  • To qualify for the current year Program, the invoice from the energy advisor must be dated between January 1 and December 31 of the application year.
  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not considered a part of the total project costs; therefore, HAT Smart rebates will be based on pre-tax amounts and will not exceed the amount of total project costs (less GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount. Applicants are responsible for all tax amounts.

* If you live in a condo and your utilities are paid for through your condo fees or by the condo association, you would not be eligible to apply for HAT Smart since the condo building itself would then be considered a commercial enterprise.

 

Do your research
Visit the Natural Resources Canada website for more information about home evaluations.
Find an energy advisor
For a list of service organizations that work with energy advisors in our community, visit the Natural Resources Canada website.
Conduct your home energy evaluation
To qualify for the current year program, the invoice from the energy advisor must be dated between January 1 and December 31 of the application year.

Payment

The rebate is paid direct to the energy advisor.

Invoicing the City of Medicine Hat

To be eligible for payment under the HAT Smart program, the invoice must show the following:

  • Energy advisor's file number, and
  • Address where the evaluation was performed, and
  • Purchase Order number (provided by HAT Smart on request)

Bill to:

City of Medicine Hat

Accounts Payable

580 First Street SE

Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6

Submit by:

Required documentation

For HAT Smart records, the following documents are required.

  • Official EnerGuide Rating Label, and
  • Evaluation Report

Email to HAT Smart

Upon receipt, the information will be recorded to ensure funds are available for payment of the invoice.

Payment

Pending approval, your rebate will be paid in one of two ways:

Cheque

A cheque will be mailed to the address provided on your application form.


Direct Deposit

Your rebate will be deposited directly into your bank account. The following documents are required:

  • A completed Vendor Direct Deposit Form
  • Either a Void Cheque or Account Information for Direct Deposit form from your financial institution.