Dual-energy, an economic and ecological choice

Take advantage of replacement of your heating or air conditioning system to convert to dual-energy. You could benefit from major grants allowing you to cover a significant portion of the conversion costs and take advantage of savings linked to Hydro-Québec’s dual-energy rates1. You'll also take an action that contributes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What is a dual-energy system?

A dual energy system is the combination of two energy sources to ensure your heating needs in your residence. The system uses a fossil fuel (natural gas) to meet your heating needs during very cold weather (usually below –12 °C or –15 °C). When the temperature is not as cold, the electrical system takes over to heat your residence. Everything is managed automatically by installing a smart thermostat and a temperature sensor. Hydro-Québec’s dual-register meter measures your consumption and allows you to benefit from the dual energy rate (DT), when you consume electricity outside cold periods.

Two Types of Dual-Energy Systems

Your dual-energy system may vary depending on the type of heating equipment in your residence. If you have a forced air system, dual-energy requires the combination of a natural gas furnace and a heat pump. For hot water systems, dual-energy combines a natural gas boiler and an electric boiler.

Hot Air System BEFORE

Natural gas furnace and water heater
 

Hot Air System AFTER

Natural gas furnace combined with a heat pump
Installation of an electric water heater is recommended

Hot Water System BEFORE

Natural gas boiler and water heater
 

Hot Water System AFTER

Natural gas boiler combined with an electric boiler
Installation of an electric water heater is recommended

Rate and Grants

Dual-Energy Rate2

The price of electricity at the dual-energy rate varies according to the temperature.

Price of energy consumed when the temperature is equal to or greater than –12°C or –15°C: 4.542 ¢/kWh

Price of energy consumed when the temperature is lower than –12°C or –15°C and you use natural gas for heating: 26.555¢/kWh

Source: Hydro-Québec rates as of April 1, 2022.

Available Grants3

Hot air heating customer: replaces the natural gas furnace + installs a heat pump

Type of Building Maximum Grant (MERN + Hydro-Québec + Énergir)
Single-family home/condo $5800
Duplex $8100
Triplex $9000

Hot water heating customer: replaces the natural gas boiler + installs an electric boiler

Type of Building Maximum Grant (MERN + Énergir)
Single-family home/condo $4400
Duplex $5000
Triplex $5200

Electrical work for dual-energy conversion (Hot water heating customer only)

Electrical Work Maximum Grant (MERN)
Replacement of electrical panel $3000
Upgrade of the electrical system $7000

Flexibility PLUS

Our Financing Offer4
  • Take advantage of our 5 or 10-year financing offer with SNAP Home Finance;
  • Minimize your initial payment;
  • 1 year warranty on parts and labour;
  • Extended warranty of up to 3 years available for purchase.
To benefit from our financing offer, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an Énergir customer and have a natural gas account
  • Be the owner of the building or unit;
  • Have received a quote from an authorized installer.

 

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1 Offer available for Hydro-Quebec’s residential clients or to a participating municipal or co-operative network (contact us for details).

2 Eligible Participants must be new subscribers to Hydro-Québec’s residential dual-energy Rate DT or to a participating municipal or co-operative dual-energy rate (contact us for details on participating municipal or co-operative networks). They must also commit to using the dual-energy natural gas-electricity system at the dual-energy rate for a minimum period of ten (10) years from the date of enrolment in the dual-energy rate.

3 Certain conditions apply. Discounts may vary depending on the equipment installed and building characteristics. Additional costs may be incurred in connection with the electrical work required. Grant amounts paid out cannot exceed 100% of Eligible Project costs. The terms and conditions of the Offer and the amounts of the grants offered are subject to change without notice. Eligible Participants may be required to repay all or part of the Offer grants if the conditions and covenants agreed to by the Eligible Participants are not fulfilled to the end of their term or if the information provided by the participants is false or considered a misrepresentation. Existing Eligible Homes must be connected to Énergir’s natural gas network and use natural gas or renewable natural gas (or a combination of both) for space heating, either with a warm air (forced air) or hot water central heating system, for at least 12 months at the time of the application to participate in the Offer.

4 SNAP financing is offered at interest rates of 10.95% or 11.95% depending on the loan amount. This financing is subject to approval by the SNAP Home Finance credit department. Certain conditions apply.