Home & Energy

Home Energy Assessment Program

EcoSuperior is committed to helping you reduce your energy costs while reducing your carbon footprint.

22% of our end-use greenhouse gas emissions come from warming, cooling and powering our residential and commercial-institutional buildings. As a homeowner, you can do your part to help Canada reach a net-zero emissions future by making your home more energy-efficient with EcoSuperior's Home Energy Assessment Program.


Benefits 

  • Helps you reduce energy costs
  • Increases home comfort by eliminating drafty areas
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Contributes to a healthier planet
  • Provides access to the Home Renovation Rebate program.

Qualifications

To qualify for the HEA program, you must at least:

  • Live in a single-family dwelling
  • Own the property
  • Be a Union Gas customer

 

You Will Not Qualify If

  • You have already begun renovations to your home before your home energy assessment
  • You are only wanting to do one type of renovation (i.e., windows)
  • You’re a commercial property
  • Your property is not a single-family dwelling (has more than one gas meter or electrical panel)
  • You are renting a property that is not yours and want to upgrade
  • You are not a Union Gas customer

Steps to Participate

To participate in the Enbridge Home Energy Rebate (HER), please book your in-person Home Energy Assessment with our professional auditor. Initial audits must be booked prior to renovations in order to be eligible. All bookings include a $25 non-refundable processing fee.

EcoSuperior is closer than ever to re-launching the Home Efficiency Rebate Program. With two individuals currently training to become certified Energy Advisors, EcoSuperior will once again be able to offer the communities in North Western Ontario access to this rebate program.

Currently, we are unable to book any audits, but we are encouraging anyone interested in participating in the program to email us and get on the wait list.


Customers Outside of Thunder Bay

For customers outside of Thunder Bay and surrounding townships, there may be additional travel charges. Additional charges can be divided among customers in the same municipality. For more information, please click here


 

Radon

What Is Radon & How Is Your Health at Risk?

Radon is a colourless, odourless, and radioactive gas that is naturally-occurring caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, and you can’t see, smell, or taste it. Outside, radon gas disperses into fresh air, and is harmless. Though naturally occurring outdoors, radon can be a threat to your health indoors, where it can accumulate to high levels when it enters through pipes, drains, and foundation cracks.

The Ontario Lung Association has shown that smokers who are exposed to high levels of radon have a 1 in 3 chance of developing lung cancer, compared to a 1 in 10 chance for smokers not exposed to radon. Radon is measured in Becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m 3). Health Canada recommends that homes should not exceed 200 Bq/m3.


Radon in Thunder Bay

According to a study conducted by Health Canada in 2012, over 12% of homes in the Thunder Bay district have high radon levels. A focal study conducted by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit in 2015 found that on average, 16% of homes in our community have radon levels with a concentration of 200 Bq/m3 or higher. 

 

City Ward

Homes Tested

% with radon concentration of 200 Bq/m 3 or higher

McIntyre

82

43%

Neebing

47

30%

Red River

79

15%

Current River

68

13%

McKellar

63

6%

Northwood

75

3%

Westfort

54

0%


Radon in Oliver Paipoonge & Marathon

In 2018, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit conducted a study analyzing radon levels in Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon. The report found that on average, 65% of homes in Oliver Paipoonge and 17% of homes in Marathon have high radon levels. 


Radon Testing

The only way to know whether your home has radon is to test it. Fortunately, testing your indoor environments for radon is easy, and inexpensive! 

Health Canada recommends testing your environment for 90 days to 1 year, using a long-term detector certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program. 

Detectors cost approximately $50, and can be purchased at EcoSuperior, local hardware stores, or rented out by your local library for free. 

Click the image below to learn more about radon testing in your home. 

 

radon-test-device


 

Rebates & Subsidies

Drainage Rebate

The Residential Drainage Rebate program is currently open for 2021. 

The City of Thunder Bay offers financial incentives to install household drainage improvements through the Residential Drainage Rebate Program.

City homeowners may qualify for a rebate toward:

  • Sump pumps
  • Backwater valves
  • The disconnection of weeping tile systems from city sanitary sewer services
  • & the installation of a new storm sewer connection

Please review the required program details and eligibility requirements in the documents below. Ensure applications are submitted as soon as possible. Rebates are allocated on a first-come, first served basis and available until funding is expended. 


Important Information


Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Original receipts for contractor labour and materials
  • A copy of the City of Thunder Bay inspection report

Rebate amounts are listed in the program brochure. Household water accounts and taxes must be in good standing in order for the rebate to be processed. Please note that we are currently not offering home visits due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify:

  • Must be an existing single-family residential or multi-unit home;
  • Downspouts are properly disconnected from City sewer systems;
  • A licensed participating plumber must be hired to install the backwater valve and a qualified contractor to undertake all other work, See the Participating Plumbers list.
  • Building permits and approved inspections must be obtained for associated work.

Rain Garden Rebate

Thank you for your interest!

The Rain Garden Rebate program is soon to be launched. Please check back in Spring 2021 for more program updates.

Click Here to Learn More About the Rain Garden Rebate Program