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Ontario raises cap on Energy Affordability Program eligibility

April 14, 2023  By  Anthony Capkun

April 14, 2023 – Ontario says it is helping households “reduce their energy use and save money” by updating the eligibility requirements for the Energy Affordability Program, which provides free home efficiency upgrades.

“With this update to the Energy Affordability Program, Ontario is ensuring access to free home energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, smart thermostats, and energy-efficient refrigerators and air-conditioners,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy.

The income eligibility threshold is being raised by $11,715 for a four-person household, and by $8,285 for a couple.

Under the increased threshold, a four-person household with a before-tax income of $84,872, or a couple with a before-tax income of $60,014, is now eligible for support through the program.

The province says the Energy Affordability Program offers energy-saving measures that can help participating households manage their energy use and lower electricity costs by up to $750 per year, depending on eligibility, at no cost to the customer. The upgrades and types of support available are tailored based on various factors, such as home heating system, location, and an assessment of energy needs.

Free energy upgrades may include insulation, draft-proofing, smart thermostats, showerheads, aerators, pipe wrap, refrigerators, air-conditioners, and health & safety measures where needed (e.g. carbon monoxide detectors, attic dampers).

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