November 27, 2012 - Manitoba Hydro launched its latest Power Smart energy efficiency program: the Power Smart Neighbourhood program will see the utility work with community organizations and groups to bring the “benefits of energy efficiency” to residents of lower-income neighbourhoods on a block-by-block project basis.
By Anthony Capkun
Measures that might be implemented under the program include free in-home energy reviews, improvements to sealing, caulking and weatherstripping, installing pipe wrapping and water-efficiency devices, new high-efficiency furnaces and boilers, and performing insulation upgrades.
“As the program gets fully underway, we expect even more communities to come on board and take advantage of the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their low-income neighbourhoods on a block-by-block basis,” said Scott Thomson, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro.
Community organizations will be responsible for managing each project, as well as promoting and coordinating the program within their respective communities. This will include helping residents in the project area fill out application forms, secure and hire contractors to undertake the work, and report progress to Manitoba Hydro.
Manitoba Hydro will provide funding to community groups for coordination and promotion expenses, as well as provide funding to eligible residents for efficiency improvements through two existing programs: the Lower Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) or the PAYS program. Manitoba Hydro will also provide technical and marketing support to community organizations to market the program to residents within the community.