Energy Efficiency Programming Assists Homeowners Reduce Heating Costs
To assist Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to significantly reduce their home energy usage, the Provincial Government is announcing two new programs that offer incentives and grants for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their heating costs.
The development of energy efficiency and conservation programs that provide cost savings to residents and protect and preserve the environment was a key commitment in the province�s Energy Plan, released in 2007. The two programs announced today are the Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses Program and the Residential Energy Efficiency Program for lower income households.
"These two programs will assist homeowners in this province to become more energy efficient, reducing their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions," said the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources. "Improving the energy efficiency of your house can save significant money on monthly heating bills, while keeping your home warm and comfortable."
The Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses Program will provide $300 towards the cost of a complete home energy efficiency audit and will top up the federal ecoEnergy Retrofit Program grant, to a maximum of an additional $1,500 towards the improvements. This will make energy efficiency home improvements much more affordable and help homeowners reduce their energy costs. The program is effective immediately, with the audit portion retroactive to September 11, 2007.
The Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) for lower income households will be available to homeowners with a household income level of $32,500 or less and who use either home heating fuel or electricity as their source. The program will be administered through Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) and it is expected to assist approximately 1,000 households per year for the next two years. Housing will pay for pre- and post-energy inspections, as well as provide grants of up to a maximum of $3,000 per house on the island and $4,000 in Labrador to make identified improvements. The program will start on January 19, 2009, at which time application forms will also be available.
"As a government, we always need to consider how policies relate and impact the individuals they are meant to assist," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing. "The new Residential Energy Efficiency Program, coupled with the home heating fuel rebate, is a solid and strategic plan. Through this energy efficiency program, we�re providing options to low-income households that can help reduce energy use and keep home-heating costs affordable."
Retrofitted households should reduce energy costs by up to 30 per cent. For more information on the Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses Program, please visit the website atwww.nr.gov.nl.ca/SavingEnergy. For more information on REEP, please visit the Housing website at www.nlhc.nl.ca
Earlier this week, the Provincial Government announced details of its 2008-09 Home Heating Rebate Program which provides financial assistance for eligible residents of the province with family net income of $40,000 or less who incur costs to heat their homes. Application forms and information about the program are available atwww.gov.nl.ca/fin/homeheating
Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses Program
Residential Energy Efficiency Program
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