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Audit Funding program

Start your efficiency journey with an energy audit. Save on Energy's incentive covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of your energy audit.

A qualified energy auditor can show how your organization is using energy, so you can make the right investments in equipment upgrades.

The four kinds of eligible audits are:

What kinds of businesses can receive incentives?

All kinds of organizations can receive incentives for their energy audits, including:

  • Commercial buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses 
  • Institutional buildings, such as hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, government and civic buildings
  • Industrial buildings, such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses
  • Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) and condominiums
  • Agricultural facilities, such as dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries
Step 1:

Find a qualified energy auditor

Talk to your local hydro company to discuss options for an energy audit. The energy auditor who performs the assessment must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Be a professional engineer licensed to practice in Ontario (P.Eng.), a certified engineering technologist (CET), a certified energy manager, or a certified measurement and verification professional with at least three years of relevant experience evaluating energy systems in buildings;
  • Be an engineer-in-training under the supervision of a P.Eng. or CET only if a qualified and experienced person as described above certifies and signs the Audit Report; or
  • Be a certified member of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) or National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), where a Building Systems Audit involves balancing water systems or balancing air systems; or
  • Be a building energy assessment professional, as designated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.; or 
  • A certified Energy Manager as designated by the Association of Energy Managers; or 
  • For an individual who conducts a Building System Audit for a compressed air system, has completed the following courses sponsored by the Compressed Air Challenge: (A) Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Level 1), and (B) Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems (Level 2).
Step 2:

Complete the energy audit application

Complete the energy audit application and participant agreement. Ensure the minimum requirements are captured during the energy audit.

Step 3:

Submit the post-energy audit submission

Complete and submit the post-energy audit submission form to your local hydro company. The local hydro company will verify the savings and results and issue a cheque based on the audit type and costs.

Find your local program provider.

Enter your postal code below to find out who to contact to apply for the Audit Funding program.

Note that some postal code areas are served by more than one hydro company.

How are incentives calculated?

The following information is an example of a lessee, electricity survey and analysis.

Building Audit Costs Third-party contributions from non-Save on Energy programs Travel expenses (auditor)














For the example above, the incentive would be calculated as follows:


Building G

Building H

Building I

Step 1: Measure the square footage




Step 2: Find the estimated incremental incentive, based on square footage

$10,000 x $0.03 = $300

$30,000 x $0.03 = $900

$50,000 x $0.03 = $1,500

Step 3: Multiply the estimated audit cost by 50 per cent

$1,000 x 0.5 = $500



Step 4: Subtract any third-party contributions (for example, other non-Save on Energy incentives)

$500 - $100 = $400

$2,500 - $500 = $2,000

$5,000 - $1,000 = $4,000

Step 5: Take the lesser of Step 4 or $7,500




Step 6: To calculate the estimated incentive amount, take the lesser of Step 2 or Step 5




Step 7: Add eligible travel expenses (50 per cent of energy auditor travel costs, up to $1,000)

$250 / 2 = $125

$1,000 / 2 = $500

$2,000 / 2 = $1,000

Step 8: Total electricity survey and analysis (add Step 6 and Step 7, excluding applicable taxes)

$300 + $125 = $425

$900 + $550 = $1,450

$1,500 + $1,000 = $2,500