Ontario enhances energy audit/retrofit programs for 37,000 homeowners
October 31, 2016 - Ontario says the enhanced home energy audit and retrofit programs are set to make around 37,000 additional homes more energy-efficient.
By Renée Francoeur
Homeowners taking part in the programs will be eligible to receive cash rebates—typically in the range of $500 to $2000—toward the cost of energy audits and renovations such as energy-efficient furnaces, windows and insulation.
Home renovations to increase energy efficiency have been shown to save natural gas consumers $1.50 to $4 for every dollar invested, the Ontario government says. The programs are available through Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution and both have created an online tool that automatically directs homeowners to the site of the utility that is offering the program in their area, based on their postal code.
“We want people to be able to save money year after year by making their homes more efficient, but it can be tough to pay for the entire cost of these projects,” said Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. “By expanding our rebate programs as part of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will help more people across our province reduce their energy bills and their emissions.”
Specifically, Ontario says it is providing $100 million for home energy audits and retrofits over three years through the Green Investment Fund.