Monday, February 8, 2016

Ontario to offer $100 million for homeowners to upgrade furnaces, water heaters

TORONTO – Ontario announced a $100-million program Thursday to help homeowners upgrade their furnaces, water heaters and insulation, but did not provide a start date, eligibility rules or rebate amounts.
The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time help create jobs and lower residential natural gas bills, said Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray.
“This investment will help homeowners upgrade their homes and save money, while keeping Ontario on the path toward a low carbon future,” Murray said.
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There are over four million homes in Ontario, and offering financial incentives to only 37,000 seems like a very small plan, added Tabuns.
“So who wins this lottery,” he asked. “Why is it people who have electric baseboard heaters wouldn’t qualify? Their electricity is partially made with natural gas.”

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