Nova Scotia Power has helped thousands of Nova Scotians stay warm and save money on their energy bills through the HomeWarming Program. In 2018, the program reached a milestone of helping more than 7,500 low income homeowners…and counting!
Since 2015, Nova Scotia Power has been donating $3.7 million per year to the HomeWarming Program. The donation goes towards upgrading nearly 600 electrically heated homes across the province every year with energy efficiency retrofits, in partnership with Clean Foundation.
The program is jointly funded by the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power. The Province funds retrofits to non-electrically heated homes through Efficiency Nova Scotia. Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia work together on HomeWarming to offer the no-charge energy assessments and free home upgrades.
Together, the HomeWarming Program has helped bring warmth and comfort to more than 7,500 low income homes throughout Nova Scotia.
Upgrades like improving insulation and draft-proofing can help keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Heating and cooling make up around 60 percent of energy costs, so reducing these bills can make other household expenses more manageable.
“We fund this program because we know many Nova Scotians struggle with home heating costs, especially during the coldest winter months,” says Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “HomeWarming makes energy efficient upgrades much more affordable for our community members who need it most. This is one way we can give back to the communities we serve, which really matters to us at Nova Scotia Power.”
Scott Skinner, CEO of Clean Foundation, says he is thrilled to reach the 7,500 milestone and to see so many Nova Scotians benefitting from energy efficiency. “We want to help eligible Nova Scotians save money on heating bills, feel more comfortable year-round, and reduce their carbon footprint. But this is just the start. We have plans to upgrade thousands more homes in the years ahead.”
Nova Scotia Power has committed charitable funds of $37 million over 10 years to HomeWarming – we are now in the fourth year of the program. This is a donation, and is not paid by Nova Scotia Power customers.
For more information, visit www.HomeWarming.ca. Interested homeowners can also speak confidentially with a Service Advisor about their eligibility by calling 1-877-434-2136 (toll free).
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