How To Curb Carbon Emissions with Help from Bryan’s Fuel
When it comes to carbon emissions, there are a lot of terms and government programs that homeowners in Ontario need to understand. We’ve broken down what the Canadian government is doing to reduce carbon emissions, what that means for our customers, and how we can help you make the best decisions for your home and family.
The Federal Government’s Plan
The federal government has committed to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent by 2030, with the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, and the provinces have a shared role in delivering on this commitment.
In order to meet this emissions reduction target, Canada is taking action using strategies including helping to reduce energy costs for homes and buildings. The government also plans to boost climate resiliency through the development of the $150-million Canada Green Buildings Strategy. This strategy, together with the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, will help Canadians:
- Reduce emissions
- Save money on renovations and heating and cooling costs
- Stimulate well-paying jobs in the economy
What Curbing Carbon Emissions Means For Our Customers
Federal Carbon Tax
Since 2019, every jurisdiction in Canada has had a price on carbon pollution under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA). The federal pricing system has two parts:
- A regulatory charge on fossil fuels like propane and furnace oil, known as the fuel charge.
- A performance-based system for industries, known as the Output-Based Pricing System.
The fuel charge applies to us in Ontario. Everyone is required to pay the federal carbon tax on products that produce fossil fuels, including propane, furnace oil, diesel, and gasoline. This tax will increase as the Canadian government continues to encourage households to make choices that reduce carbon emissions.
Did You Know?
The average Ontario household will receive $679 in rebate. Homeowners who reduce the amount paid in federal carbon tax by reducing their propane or oil consumption are still entitled to their carbon tax rebate!
The Canadian Greener Homes Initiative
The Canadian Greener Homes Initiative has been introduced by the federal government to make energy-efficient upgrades more accessible to homeowners. When the program originally launched in May 2021, it offered grants from $125 to $5,000 to receive a portion of your costs back for eligible home retrofits, and up to $600 towards the total costs of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations. As of June 2022, this program now includes 10-year interest-free loans of up to $40,000 per household to help finance eligible retrofits.
This initiative makes it more financially feasible for Canadians to purchase ground source and air source heat pumps, and other energy-efficient home upgrades.
How Bryan’s Fuel Can Help
At Bryan’s Fuel, it is our mission to help homeowners find the home comfort system that is right for you. We will provide you with all of the HVAC options so you can make the best decision for your family. If you choose to take advantage of the Canada Greener Homes Initiative, we can help guide you through the process of switching to an energy-efficient solution such as an air source heat pump. If you decide that a heat pump is not for you today, we will continue to deliver propane and furnace oil, as well as sell, install, and service propane appliances.
Contact our team today to speak to an expert. We can help you determine the best options to keep your home comfortable throughout the year.