NB Power grants are available ! Now that the cold weather has firmly set in, insulating your home properly against the cold is that much more important.   One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is by air-sealing and adding insulation.

In most electrically-heated homes in New Brunswick, 50% of energy use goes towards heating. Both adding insulation and reducing air leakage help you use less energy for heating.

Make sure you’re not paying to heat (or cool) the outdoors. Ensure you have adequate levels of insulation and that your home is airtight by air sealing throughout your home.

A good rule of thumb is to always start in the area with the least amount of insulation. If your walls and attic are moderately well insulated, but the basement is completely unfinished, then head downstairs and work your way up, adding insulation until you achieve the recommended levels listed below.

In New Brunswick, the recommended levels of insulation throughout a home are:

R-60 R-30 R-30 R-30 R-40 R-30M
R-Value is a rating that refers to the resistance to heat flow of a material or an insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.

A properly insulated and air-sealed home will be easier to heat (and cool), keeping you more comfortable!

NB Power’s Home Insulation Energy Savings Program was created to provide information and incentives to homeowners to help reduce their energy consumption through targeted air sealing and insulation upgrades in electrically heated homes.

Step 1 – Registration

Complete the online registration form

Homeowners who do not have internet access can receive assistance with the form by calling: 1 800 663-6272 and selecting Option 5 for Energy Efficiency Services.

Step 2 – Pre-Upgrade Evaluation

Once your registration is confirmed, you will be contacted to schedule a date for your Pre-Upgrade Evaluation. During this evaluation, information about your home will be collected to determine the upgrades for which you may be eligible to receive incentives. The fee for the Pre-Upgrade Evaluation is $99+HST.

Step 3 – Pre-Approval

After your Pre-Upgrade Evaluation, you will be sent a list of recommended upgrades and a Pre-Approval Form. You have 30 days to review this list, identify the upgrades you intend to complete, and then submit to NB Power.

Step 4 – Complete Upgrades

Once your Pre-Approval Form has been signed and returned to NB Power, we will send you a letter to confirm your participation in the program. You will have five months to complete the pre-approved upgrades. Contact Advantage Insulators in NB for a cost-effective quote and get the job done right!

Step 5 – Post-Upgrade Evaluation (no cost)

Once your upgrades are finished – or before your five-month deadline, whichever comes first – call NB Power to book your Post-Upgrade Evaluation. The Post-Upgrade Evaluation will confirm upgrades completed and collect the information necessary to complete your program application.