It has been announced that the popular ecoENERGY program has been abruptly cancelled. Under the program homeowners have an initial energy audit performed on their house by a qualified technician, and would then be entitled to rebates for various energy efficient home improvements once a final audit was done to confirm the improvements. Fortunately anyone who has booked an appointment for their first audit is still eligible to complete the process. But those who have not, are out of luck.
We were fortunate enough to take advantage of this program, and know others who also have. It’s unfortunate that this program has now been cancelled, as I think it was a real win-win-win for consumers, the economy and the environment. Not only did it really encourage and reward green building choices, I also think that it brought the more expensive technologies into the main stream. Hopefully now that things like tankless water heaters, condensing boilers and solar powered water heating are becoming more commonplace their prices will continue to fall.