Province Launches Low-income Energy Efficiency Program

Conserve Nova Scotia

February 21, 2008 10:07 AM

Low-income Nova Scotians will get help to make their homes energy efficient and save on their energy bills thanks to a $1.6-million investment by the province.

Conserve Nova Scotia partnered with the Department of Community Services to identify 200 homes, 50 in each of the four regions of the province, for the Residential Energy Affordability Program. Participants were referred from a list of approved Department of Community Services home-repair grant recipients. Conserve Nova Scotia will make energy-efficiency upgrades to homes that meet the program criteria.

"We're helping another 200 Nova Scotians make their homes more energy efficient," said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. "Participating homeowners will save, on average, 30 per cent on their annual home energy bills, and reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions by about 4.6 tonnes a year. This is good for their pocketbook and the environment."

Last year, Conserve Nova Scotia piloted two approaches to deliver the Residential Energy Affordability Program. Through the program, the province helped 105 low-income households make energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes. An evaluation of the program found the best method is to work with one service provider for each region.

All participating homes had to meet program criteria, including low-income standards set by the federal government and own a home in need of energy-efficiency upgrades.

Contracts have been awarded to three service providers in four regions of the province. Clean Nova Scotia will deliver the program in the southwest and central regions, Trinity Maintenance Solutions Ltd in the northern region, and Atlantic Coastal Action Program - Cape Breton, in the eastern region.

Each participating home will be assigned an energy rating through the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program. To improve the energy performance of the home, the service provider will arrange for energy upgrades that may include installing insulation, sealing drafts and applying weatherstripping and caulking.

"We're building on the success of the pilot program to help low-income Nova Scotians take control of their energy bills," said Mr. Hurlburt. "The energy upgrades are scheduled to be done by fall, just in time for the heating season."

"We are committed to providing more support for low-income families in Nova Scotia," said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. "We are happy to be partnering with Conserve Nova Scotia to ensure more people are living in homes that are safe, secure and affordable."

Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia's goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels.

Information on the program is available on the Conserve Nova Scotia website at www.conservens.ca or by calling 1-800-670-4636.


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     Two hundred low-income Nova Scotians will get help to make

their homes energy-efficient thanks to a one-point-six-million

dollar investment by the province.

     Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia Richard

Hurlburt says energy upgrades will save a homeowner up to 30 per

cent on their energy bill and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by

about four-point-six tonnes a year.

     Participants came from a list of Community Services home-

repair grant recipients.

     Program information is available on the web at w-w-w dot

conserve n-s dot c-a or by calling 1-800-670-4636.

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Media Contact: Karen White
              Conserve Nova Scotia
              902-424-6260
              E-mail: whitekl@gov.ns.ca