Reducing Energy Poverty by Reducing Heating Costs

  • Adding $2.3 million in additional funding annually to the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, increasing the rebate from $200 to $250 and helping 45,000 Nova Scotians with their home heating bills.
  • Helping renters with low incomes by investing $3 million annually through Efficiency Nova Scotia to offer rebates of up to 80% on energy efficiency upgrades through the Multi-unit Rental Property Upgrade Program.
  • Helping homeowners with low incomes to complete cost-saving home energy retrofits by investing $20 million per year from the Green Fund.
  • Improving efficiency in Housing Nova Scotia homes by investing $2 million per year from the Green Fund into Affordable Housing Retrofits.

Increasing the Heating Assistance Rebate

The cost of heating your home, especially during the winter months can be a high portion of a monthly budget.

A re-elected Rankin Government will continue to invest in the Heating Assistance Rebate Program to help low-income Nova Scotians with their home heating costs by adding $2.3 million in additional funding annually. This will allow the rebate to be raised from $200 to $250 and help over 45,000 Nova Scotians with their home heating bills.

Helping Low-Income Renters

Incentivizing owners of multi-unit rental properties to improve energy efficiency in their rental units helps renters.

A re-elected Rankin Government will invest $3 million annually through Efficiency Nova Scotia to complete an additional 220 units through the Multi-Unit Rental Property Upgrade Program. This program offers rebates of up to 80% on energy efficient upgrades in qualifying multi-unit residential dwellings. Landlords will have the opportunity to make investments in their properties that helps both landlords and renters by creating more energy efficient buildings and lowers energy costs.

Helping Low-Income Homeowners

Many low-income Nova Scotians living in old-stock housing need complete home energy retrofits which can cost up to $20,000 per home. By making these homes more energy efficient, energy costs can be lowered by up to $900 per year.

A re-elected Rankin Government will invest $20 million per year from the Green Fund to help low-income Nova Scotians complete these home energy retrofits.

Energy Retrofits for Social Housing

A re-elected Rankin Government will invest $2 million per year from the Green Fund into Affordable Housing Retrofits. These retrofits will improve energy efficiency in these Housing Nova Scotia homes with measures that include insulation, efficient lighting, air sealing and heating and cooling system upgrades.

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