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Expanded energy efficiency programs will help homeowners save money

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More Nova Scotia homeowners are now able to save money on their energy bills and reduce greenhouse gases to help fight climate change, by installing energy efficient upgrades.

Nova Scotia Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette and federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, announced today, July 10, that three efficiency programs are now available to oil-heated and other non-electrically heated homes.

“Using less energy to heat your home will not only cut your energy bills now, but for years to come and help reduce greenhouse gases,” said Mombourquette. “Our province is a national leader in energy efficiency, and expanding these programs for homeowners not only provides a cleaner energy future for all Nova Scotians but also gives businesses a chance to expand and create jobs.”

McKenna added, “”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.”

Under the Home Energy Assessment Program, homeowners receive a tailored energy assessment that recommends upgrades like insulation, windows, space heating systems and more. Rebates are available for completing upgrades.

The Green Heat Program provides homeowners a simplified way to get heating system rebates.

The Efficient Products Installation Program provides installed energy efficient products to homeowners and renters, at no cost. This includes LED lights, water-saving showerheads, hot water system insulation and more.

On average, homeowners completing multiple upgrades could receive a rebate of $1,000 or more and save hundreds of dollars on their energy bills every year.

Over the next four years, 10,000 homes could be upgraded and more than 20,000 homes could receive free energy efficient products. When complete, Nova Scotia expects to reduce carbon emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes each year.

The programs are administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia.

“This funding means thousands more Nova Scotians will be able to benefit from the transformative power of energy efficiency,” said Stephen MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOne. “Expanded programming will allow more families to enjoy the good things efficiency brings, like saving on their energy bills and a more comfortable home, while also helping our environment.”Program funding comes from the Government of Canada’s commitment of $14 million per year for four years to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The province is investing $3 million a year for four years to support the fund, and through residential electricity rates Nova Scotians are currently investing over $15 million a year for programs that increase renewable energy use and make homes more energy efficient.

For more information visit www.efficiencyns.ca