Qualifying upgrades

In order to be eligible for PAYS Financing, energy efficiency upgrades must be made to levels specified by Manitoba Hydro.

Residential space heating equipment

  • CSA-approved high efficiency condensing natural gas furnace with a minimum AFUE of 92 per cent when replacing an existing standard efficiency natural gas furnace (AFUE of 60 per cent) or an electric, fuel oil, or propane heating system.
    • Includes all costs directly related to the furnace upgrade such as modifications to venting, ductwork plenums, gas piping, permits, and the thermostat.
  • CSA-approved near condensing or condensing natural gas boiler with a minimum AFUE of 85 per cent when replacing an existing standard efficiency natural gas boiler (AFUE of 60 per cent), a mid efficiency natural gas boiler (AFUE of 80 to 84 per cent), or an electric, fuel oil, or propane heating system.
    • Includes all costs directly related to the boiler upgrade such as modifications to venting, ductwork plenums, gas piping, permits, and the thermostat.
  • Electric heating systems when replacing a propane or fuel oil heating system.
    • The new electric heating system must be the primary heating source.
  • Geothermal heat pump systems
    • The heat pump must be designed and installed by a certified contractor. The contractor must be recognized by the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance.
    • The geothermal heat pump must be tested and rated under CSA Standard C-13256, and installed to meet CSA C448.
    • Air source heat pumps do not qualify.
    • A heat loss calculation (supplied by the contractor) and Part II of the Residential Earth Power Loan Agreement (PDF, 106 KB) must be completed, attached to, and submitted with the PAYS Financing Agreement for approval.
    • A Startup Verification Report (PDF, 108 KB) is required upon completion of the work.
    • You may qualify for the Province of Manitoba’s Green Energy Equipment Tax Credit and the Provincial Grant Program. See the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Incentive Program for more information.

All changes to combustion equipment must be done in accordance with applicable codes. Changing a combustion appliance such as a heating system may require changes to the venting system and/or water heater. The furnace should be sized in accordance with good industry practice to ensure that units are properly sized to achieve maximum energy savings and comfort.

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Insulation

Insulation must be new, purchased in Canada, and must have a verifiable R-value as determined by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre. Any insulation work done must meet Power Smart levels:

  • attic – minimum RSI 8.8 (R-50);
  • attic kneewalls – minimum RSI 4.2 (R-24);
  • flat and cathedral ceiling – minimum RSI 5.0 (R-28);
  • foundation walls – minimum RSI 4.2 (R-24);
  • crawlspace – minimum RSI 4.2 (R-24);
  • uninsulated wall cavities – minimum RSI 1.8 (R-10);
  • exterior walls (when re-siding) –minimum RSI 0.7 (R-3.75)
    • re-siding materials may qualify for financing when installed with exterior wall insulation to a maximum of RSI 1.8 (R-10) added.

Building materials may qualify for financing if the work is done in addition to the insulation:

  • Vapour barrier material that conforms to Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) standards.
  • Framing and fire protective (but not decorative) covering where required by building codes for perimeter basement walls being insulated. Fire protective covering includes gypsum, wallboard or stucco. An example of decorative covering is wall panelling.

You may also be eligible for a rebate through the Home Insulation Program. Find out if you qualify and how to apply. Please note that approval for PAYS Financing does not automatically qualify you for a Home Insulation Program rebate.

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Residential water heating and conservation

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Toilets

Toilets must be financed in conjunction with an energy efficient upgrade.

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