Ontario Helps Homeowners Save On Energy Costs



    McGuinty Government Further Boosts Culture of Conservation

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario homeowners can now unlock substantially increased rebates for
energy efficiency upgrades from roof to basement.
    Ontario is more than doubling its investment in its popular Home Energy
Savings Program.
    Rebates for changes like fixing insulation in ceilings, foundations,
basements, and crawl spaces as well as upgrading leaky windows and doors are
increasing by 25 percent or more. Making simple efficiency upgrades at home
can make a noticeable difference on energy bills.

    
    Additional examples of program enhancements include:
    -   Provincial funding for solar domestic hot water systems is increasing
        by 150 percent - to $1250, up from $500,
    -   Home energy audits will soon be mandatory at the point of sale
        (unless waived by the buyer) and can be transferred, allowing new
        homeowners to take advantage of retrofit rebates.
    

    These changes come on the heels of the passage of the Green Energy Act
which seeks to build a culture of conservation in Ontario. The key to
unlocking the rebates is simple - getting a home energy audit
(http://www.homeenergyontario.ca/orange/index.asp?lang=en&sec=orange). The
audit is a key step for Ontarians to understand their home's energy
consumption. It provides valuable information about the energy efficiency of a
home and how you can save more on your energy bill.

    QUOTES

    "Home energy audits help homeowners understand their energy consumption
and offer ways of how best to lower it. This will put money back in their
pockets and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
    - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The province currently offers up to $150 for the cost of a home
        energy audit (average cost is about $300).
    -   The budget for the Home Energy Savings Program is increasing by $178
        million over the next two years.
    -   The Home Energy Savings Program can assist homeowners to complete
        over an estimated 460,000 home energy audits and an estimated 170,000
        energy efficient retrofits over the next two years.
    -   To date, over 150,000 Ontario homeowners have completed a home energy
        audit and over 52,800 homes have been retrofitted.

    LEARN MORE

    Get more information about Ontario's Home Energy Saving Program
    (http://www.homeenergyontario.ca/) and how it works.

    Read more about the Green Energy Act
    (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/energy/gea/) - and how it supports
    Ontario's efforts to build a culture of conservation

    Find out what Ontario doing to combat climate change
    (http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/index.php).

    Did you know May 17-23 is Energy Conservation Week?
    (http://www.energyconservationweek.ca/) Find out more about how you can
    help conserve energy.

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                 ONTARIO HOME ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM KEY TO
                     BUILDING A CULTURE OF CONSERVATION
    

    Ontario is committed to building a culture of conservation. It's central
to the government's energy plans and at the heart of the Green Energy Act. Key
to this aim is the Ontario Home Energy Savings Program (OHESP)
(http://www.homeenergyontario.ca/) through its combination of energy audits
and energy retrofit grants. Home energy audits help increase awareness about
the energy we use in our daily lives. Plus financial support for retrofits can
help consumers to tangibly reduce energy use which leads to lower energy
costs.

    HOME ENERGY AUDITS VITAL TO UNDERSTANDING ENERGY USE

    The OHESP provides homeowners with up to $150 towards the cost of an
initial home energy audit, completed by a Natural Resources Canada-certified
energy advisor (www.homeenergyontario.ca/orange/index.asp?lang=en&sec=orange).
Homeowners are provided with a personalized energy efficiency report,
including a rating from 0 to 100 (the higher the number, the more energy
efficient the home is). Also, the adviser provides advice on voluntary changes
that can be made to the house to make it more energy efficient and could
result in reducing your energy bill. It is up to the homeowner to decide
whether to make those changes.

    
    The program provides key incentives for making improvements, including:
    -   heating, cooling and ventilation systems
    -   domestic hot water system
    -   solar hot water and geothermal systems that use renewable energy
        sources
    -   insulation (including ceiling, exposed floor, foundation, basement,
        and crawl space)
    -   air sealing
    -   doors and windows
    -   water conservation toilets
    

    SUPPORT FOR HOME ENERGY RETROFITS CRITICAL TO FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

    Since it launched in March, 2007, the Home Energy Savings Program has
provided over $75 million in grants to homeowners who have completed 150,000
audits and 52,800 retrofits. This has resulted in a reduction of 191,000
tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and energy savings equivalent to the heating
and cooling needs for 36,600 homes.
    With $178 million in new funding added in the 2009 Ontario Budget
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2009/), the enhanced
program is expected to achieve an additional estimated CO2 saving of 538,000
tonnes and energy savings equivalent to the heating and cooling needs for
101,000 homes over the next two years.

    
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For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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