Warming hearts and homes

“The only one that loves the HomeWarming upgrades more than me is Phyllis...my cat!”


Nova Scotia Power's previous president and CEO, Karen Hutt, visited Deborah Stewart’s cozy home in Louisbourg, Cape Breton, last month. The two enjoyed a cup of tea and Deborah showed off all the recent energy efficient upgrades to her home that have helped to cut her expected energy usage almost in half.

Deborah is a participant of the HomeWarming Program, which helps income-qualified Nova Scotian homeowners save money on heating bills and feel more comfortable in their homes. It’s funded by NS Power and the Province and administered in partnership by Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Power provides $3.7M in funding annually.

Deborah is so grateful for her HomeWarming energy advisor, Matt Best. As a member of the Clean Foundation team, he conducted an efficiency audit of her home, discovered some areas where upgrades could reduce her heating and energy costs, and facilitated the process with certified contractors to get the work done.

“The one thing I hear all the time from homeowners like Deborah is: ‘You’ve got to be kidding. This HomeWarming program is too good to be true,’” said Matt. “I’m so proud to be able to work with her and other homeowners to show them the difference that can be made in their homes, thanks to the generous support from Nova Scotia Power.”

The HomeWarming program supports low-income Nova Scotians and is Nova Scotia Power’s primary focus for community giving and investment. In four years, nearly 8,000 homes have benefitted from the program.

“We want the power system, as well as all the homes and businesses in Nova Scotia, to be as energy efficient as possible,” says Karen Hutt. “We look at the HomeWarming program as an investment – in the homes and in the people we are proud to serve.”

In just a few short months, Deborah had received the following energy efficiency improvements at no cost:

  • Heat pump
  • Spray foam in her basement and basement headers
  • Caulking around her patio door
  • Weather stripping and insulation around her attic hatch
  • Foam backers for all her plugs/outlets
  • Insulation wrap for her hot water tank
  • Dehumidifier

Deborah’s expected energy usage has been cut almost in half following her upgrades.

“I’m so grateful to Nova Scotia Power and Clean for everything they’ve done. I love my new heat pump and could really feel the difference after the spray foam was added in the basement,” said Deborah. “The only one that loves the upgrades more than me is Phyllis...my cat!”

If you’re looking to improve your home’s efficiency and reduce heating and power bills, you can speak confidentially with a Service Advisor about your eligibility for HomeWarming by calling 1 877 434 2136 (toll free).

You can also download an application at 
www.HomeWarming.ca or apply online at  www.homewarmingapply.ca

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