McGuinty Government Helps Homeowners Fight Climate Change

    Ontarians Can Get $150 Back On Home Energy Audit

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing $24 million
over four years to help homeowners save money and help fight climate change,
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.
    "We want to give homeowners the tools they need to save money and help
reduce greenhouse gases," said Premier McGuinty. "This is another step in our
plan to build a cleaner, greener future for Ontario."
    The provincial program will provide homeowners up to $150 toward a home
energy audit. The goal is to conduct 130,000 audits over the next four years.
Following the audit, homeowners will be eligible for a federal ecoENERGY
grant, which provides financial support and information for energy retrofits
in homes.
    "We are building a culture of conservation in Ontario," said Minister of
Energy Dwight Duncan. "This program will reduce natural gas and electricity
consumption, save homeowners money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
up to 260,000 tonnes."
    An energy audit can show homeowners how to improve energy efficiency for
things such as cooling, hot water and insulation around the house. A typical
homeowner could save about $1,200 per year on their energy bills and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 1-2 tonnes.
    Rebates for home energy audits are just one of the ways the McGuinty
government is helping Ontarians reduce greenhouse gases and protect the
environment. Other initiatives include:

    -  Awarding 36 renewable energy projects under the Standard Offer
       Program, including one of the world's largest solar farms to be built
       in Sarnia
    -  Protecting 1.8 million acres of greenspace in the Greenbelt, providing
       a safe habitat for 66 species at risk, and
    -  Closing the single largest source of air pollution in the Greater
       Toronto Area - the Lakeview Generating Station.

    "Imagine an Ontario that is greener, cleaner and - at the same time -
more productive than ever before," said Premier McGuinty. "Working and
building together, that dream is within our reach."

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