Nova Scotia heats up HomeWarning program with $4M
March 31, 2017 - More Nova Scotians will be able to lower their energy bills with increased government support for home efficiency improvements, according to the province.
By Renée Francoeur
Premier Stephen McNeil has announced an additional $4 million for the current HomeWarming program, and $2 million to create a new program for affordable rental units and non-profit housing.
The HomeWarming program provides eligible low-income Nova Scotians with a home energy assessment and energy efficiency upgrades at no charge to the homeowner. Upgrades can include draft-proofing, insulation and other efficiency options.
Homeowners, like Aline and David Keddy of Dartmouth, can expect to save up to $965 on their energy bills every year, the province stated.
“Saving about half the cost of your heating bill really is a big thing because when you’re on a fixed income every penny counts,” Aline said. “When you can sit in your home and be comfortable, you can’t help but be happier.”
Government is also committing $1.5 million to fund the development and delivery of a new program to support First Nations homes.
The province says these investments are expected to improve energy efficiency in an estimated 800 extra households over the next two years.
Efficiency Nova Scotia delivers the HomeWarming program for households that do not use electric heat, on behalf of government.
“Additional support for energy efficiency will help improve the lives of even more Nova Scotians by making their homes more comfortable, more affordable places to live,” said EfficiencyOne CEO Stephen MacDonald. “We look forward to working with our partners across the province in the coming months to bring these benefits to even more families.”
Since 2015, about 3500 homes have received full energy efficiency upgrades.