The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia help homeowners fund energy efficiency upgrades

News release

July 10, 2018 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Canada and Nova Scotia are helping homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades, save energy and money, and take action against climate change.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, joined the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines for Nova Scotia, to announce the expansion of the Home Energy Assessment, Green Heat, and Efficient Products Installation programs for homeowners who use non-electric sources of heat. 

Under Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, Nova Scotia is eligible to receive over $56 million to be used for programs that strengthen the economy and reduce carbon pollution. A portion of that funding will offer homeowners these programs under the following Integrated Low Carbon Homes suite of programs:

  • With the Home Energy Assessment program, homeowners and small residential building landlords will receive energy assessments and rebates for energy efficient retrofits.
  • With the Green Heat program, rebates will be given for space and water heating systems. 
  • And under the Efficient Product Installation program, homeowners and renters will have the costs of energy efficient products and their installation covered, like low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and insulating pipe wraps, in addition to the current offering of LED lighting and smart power strips.

Homeowners could save $1,000 or more through these programs. And over four years, Nova Scotia can expect 10,000 upgraded homes, and more than 20,000 homes with efficient products. The Government of Nova Scotia is investing an additional $12 million to support the Fund.

Energy efficiency investments help Canadians save money. Families that invest in energy efficiency can cut their home heating bills in half and save hundreds of dollars on electricity bills, and energy efficient homes and buildings have higher resale values and last longer. These investments are also good for the economy: Every dollar spent on energy efficiency programs generates between four and eight dollars of GDP.

The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework, to deliver on commitments to reduce carbon pollution, protect our environment, create well-paying jobs and strengthen Canada’s economy.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is working with Nova Scotia to put practical climate solutions into action. The investments today in energy efficiency programs will help Canadians reduce carbon pollution, make their homes more comfortable, and save money on electricity bills. Together, they will help protect our environment and strengthen our economy today and for generations to come.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Using less energy to heat your home not only cuts your energy bills now but also makes your house more comfortable and enjoyable for years to come. Our province is a national leader in becoming more energy efficient, and expanding these programs gives businesses a chance to expand, create jobs and create a cleaner energy future for all Nova Scotians.”

– Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will help make homes and buildings more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable to run and support companies across Canada develop innovations and access clean solutions.

  • Through the Home Energy Assessment and Green Heat programs, close to 10,000 homes are anticipated to complete upgrades.

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Contacts

Caroline Thériault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
caroline.theriault2@canada.ca

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)
ec.media.ec@canada.ca

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