Alberta Residential Financial Incentives for Insulation

Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator (HERA)

See all program details here.

Edmonton’s Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator (HERA) is a program that helps you understand your home’s energy efficiency and provides rebates for upgrades. Insulation, windows, water and space heating equipment are all eligible for rebates with bonuses available for bigger renovations.

To start the process, an expert comes to your home and provides an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation. You will receive professional advice from your energy advisor on how to renovate your home to be more energy efficient.

Rebates are available to help cover the costs of an EnerGuide label and subsequent upgrades to your home. Once home upgrades have been completed, you can have your EnerGuide label updated to reflect your renovated home.

For program details, see the Program User GuideProgram Terms & Conditions and these Frequently Asked Questions.

Home Energy Use Reduction

Energy Efficiency Alberta‘s rebates are available for insulation added to a home’s attic, main walls, exposed floors, in basement or pony walls. Your rebate will be based on where the insulation is applied, how much insulation is added, and how many square feet receive the upgrade.

The types of insulation that qualify include:

  • Rolls or batts
  • Blown-in
  • Loose fill
  • Rigid board
  • Spray foam

The starting point for your project must be from before any teardown or prep work took place to fairly estimate the energy savings from the home as it operated before the retrofit was complete to after. Rebates of up to $3500 are available for the installation of new insulation in your home. The following examples provide minimum estimates of how much money you can expect to get back in rebates-your contractor will be able to provide more details and walk you through the process.

Attic R-12 R-50 $47.69
Main walls R-12 R-20 $37.29
Basement R-0 R-12 $83.23
Rim Joist Insulation R-0 R-12 $67.29
Exposed Floor R-12 R-32 $19.99

1. Get one or more estimates from approved program insulation contractor(s). Along with their quote, there should be an estimate as to the amount of rebate you will qualify for.

2. Select a contractor and make arrangements for them to do the work. The contractor should look after all of the application process. This will include filling out an rebate program authorization to allow the contractor to enter your details into the secure online database as part of the application. The contractor will take various photos and record other documentation in order to make the application.

3. Once the work is concluded, you pay the contractor directly (the rebate is not a direct part of the work arrangement) and they will file an application on your behalf, filling out all of the paperwork. We usually file our applications on a daily basis, usually the next business day after your job is complete.

4. A program representative will make contact shortly thereafter, to verify the details of the application with the homeowner (as listed on your application and the invoice) and move the application on to the next step. They usually will make initial contact by email, so keep an eye out for the email. If that fails, they will usually attempt several phone calls.

5. Once your application navigates through the steps of the approval process, you should receive a cheque in 6 – 8 weeks, once it receives final approval.