Investments you make in energy efficiency during the construction stage can pay off in lower energy bills. Reducing a home’s energy consumption by 10 gigajoules per year can reduce lifetime energy costs by about $3,000.
Use the links below to take you to the following sections:
- Rebate Amount
- How To Participate / Application Form
- Terms & Conditions / Eligibility
- Required Documentation
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How To Participate / Application Form
The EnerGuide® Ratings for New Homes Incentive Program (the Program) offers a rebate to encourage the construction of more energy efficient homes. The rebate amount is awarded based on the level of energy savings achieved beyond ‘a typical new home’ – that is one built to the current energy code. This Program requires the services of an energy advisor.
To participate in the Program, follow the steps below:
- Determine your eligibility
Before completing any work under the Program, please ensure that you read through the eligibility requirements and the Program Terms & Conditions. For instance, EnerGuide® ratings must be determined under the ERS v.15 rating system to qualify.
- Submit PART ONE of your application to HAT Smart
To reserve funding under the Program, submit a copy of PART ONE of your application, along with a copy of the Microgeneration Application, before proceeding with any work. Upon receipt of your application, HAT Smart will provide confirmation that sufficient funding will be available to process your rebate. Your application will then be entered into the funding queue.
Make sure you keep a copy of your application form to use for PART TWO. Original documentation will not be returned to the Applicant by HAT Smart.
Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information.
To be eligible for a rebate under this Program, your EnerGuide® rating must be determined by an energy advisor under the ERS v.15 rating system. An energy advisor is an individual that has been trained and tested by Natural Resources Canada to perform all of the required modeling, testing, and associated paperwork required to obtain an EnerGuide® rating.
Find the complete list of service organizations that work with energy advisors in our community.
- Natural Resources Canada: Find a Service Provider for New Homes
- Energy Advisors for New Homes in Medicine Hat (PDF)
All invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
Complete and submit PART TWO of the application form to HAT Smart. Please ensure that you've attached all required documentation. Original documentation will not be returned to the Applicant by HAT Smart.
Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information
- Cheque: mailed to the address provided on your application form within 6 to 8 weeks
- Credit: applied to your City of Medicine Hat Utility Account in the next billing period
- Direct Deposit: deposited directly in to your bank account. Complete the form below and return it to HAT Smart to submit to the City of Medicine Hat's Accounts Payable department with your application.
- Direct to the Contractor: The applicant may assign the payment of the rebate directly to the contractor upon project completion upon approval by the applicant. Additionally, leased systems may opt for payment to go directly to the contractor with the applicants signed approval.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline for applications is noon on January 6, 2020, provided Program funding is still available.
Rebates are processed on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Late or incomplete applications and/or applications received after Program funding has been fully exhausted will be declined.
If your Expected Rebate is higher than the Anticipated Rebate because the Actual System Size was larger than the Planned System Size, the difference in the Rebate Amount will be entered in to the queue based on the date of notification and may be paid out should additional funding become available. You will be notified in January 2020 of the payment status.
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Terms & Conditions / Eligibility
To qualify for a rebate under the Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- All City of Medicine Hat residential Electric Utility customers are eligible to apply once per residential address during the Program term.
- This incentive program is for new residential properties.
- EnerGuide® ratings must be determined under the ERS v.15 rating system. The rebate amount awarded under this program will be determined based on the number of gigajoules achieved below the “typical new home” baseline, as determined by an energy advisor.
- All gigajoule savings contributed through on-site renewable energy will not be included when determining the rebate amount should the Applicant also be applying for a rebate through the Solar Electric Incentive Program. If you choose to include these contributions through this Program, additional documentation will be required as outlined in the following section.
- Invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 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 (before GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount.
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In order to process your application, we require a completed application form and all of the following documentation:
- Detailed receipts or invoices (must include a description of the project, total costs, and proof of payment for each receipt / invoice)
- A copy of the official EnerGuide® rating label
- A copy of the evaluation report provided by the energy advisor
- A copy of the building permit
- Detailed receipts or invoices (must include a description of the project, total costs, system size and proof of payment for each receipt / invoice)
- Final Electrical Inspection obtained from the City's Safety Codes Services
- Commissioning Report obtained from the City's Electrical Utility Department for applicable installations
- Photo(s) including all panels, inverters, and meters clearly showing CSA or equivalent Canadian certification approval labels
Note: All applications shall be 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 based on fully completed Application Forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete Application Form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.
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Who is an energy advisor?
An energy advisor is an individual that has been trained 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?
- The builder contacts an energy advisor to enroll and label the house in the program.
- The energy advisor completes an analysis of the new house plans, noting components that will affect the energy efficiency of the house (i.e. mechanical equipment, windows, building envelope, insulation levels, etc.), referred to as “Initial Modelling.”
- The energy advisor inputs this information into NRCan's energy simulation software to determine the estimated annual energy usage and EnerGuide® rating for the house as per the plans.
- The energy advisor also provides variations of the simulation that include energy efficient upgrades which improve the energy performance of the home. The energy advisor ensures that good Building Science principles are maintained.
- The "as per plans" rating and the optional energy efficient upgrades are provided to the builder for costing analysis.
- The builder meets with the homeowner to agree on the house specs and energy efficient components that their house will have, and associated costs.
- When construction is complete, the builder calls the energy advisor to verify the energy efficient upgrades in the house and perform a blower door test.
- 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 be affixed to the electrical panel.
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 electric bill from the City of Medicine Hat, you are eligible to apply.
Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I submit an application?
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 based on fully completed application forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete application form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.
Can I still submit my Part One application if the website shows the incentive has been fully utilized?
Yes, Part One application forms will continue to be accepted once scales show 100% utilization however, funding is not guaranteed. Should an existing application be withdrawn, funding would go to the next eligible applicant.
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