Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016
KITCHENER – Kitchener Utilities customers can now apply for Ontario’s Home Energy Conservation Incentive Rebate program. Customers are eligible for a rebate up to $5,000 and must select a certified energy advisor to get started. The incentive is part of the province’s $100 million contribution to the Green Investment Fund, an initiative designed to strengthen the economy and fight climate change. Although the program is administered through Union Gas and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Kitchener Utilities customers are eligible.
The program helps homeowners save energy and money by completing at least two upgrades that improve the home’s energy efficiency. Homeowners must conduct an energy audit performed by a certified energy advisor and provide a copy of a Kitchener Utilities bill and property tax bill to qualify for the program. Visit the Home Energy Conservation Incentive website for more information and other eligibility requirements.
Once the homeowner is approved, they must complete at least two of the following upgrades:
- replacing a furnace or boiler
- replacing a water heater
- upgrading insulation
- air sealing
- replacing doors, windows or skylights
“Thanks to the support of Kitchener Centre MPP, Daiene Vernile for Kitchener Utilities customers, our customers can now also apply for the Home Energy Conservation rebate,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Climate change is increasingly top of mind for our residents. This program gives Kitchener homeowners an opportunity to reduce energy costs and make an impact on our efforts to preserve the environment at the same time.”
Outfitting homes with energy saving upgrades can help save up to 20 per cent on energy bills each year and increase the overall value of a home. Kitchener Utilities customers interested in applying for the $5,000 rebate can locate an energy advisor by visiting the Home Energy Conservation Incentive website. The program is available on a first come, first served basis subject to funding availability and closes Dec. 31, 2017.
For more information, visit http://www.kitchenerutilities.ca/currentoffers.