New Green Ontario Fund incentives help Ontarians shift to energy-efficient homes

For Immediate Release: December 13th, 2017

New Green Ontario Fund incentives help Ontarians shift to energy-efficient homes

Toronto, Ont. – The Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) welcomes today’s announcement of new incentives to help Ontarians make their homes more energy-efficient, including funding for better insulation, high-performance windows, air-source heat pumps, and geothermal systems. Increased energy efficiency will be crucial to reducing Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the province’s climate targets.

“We know that Ontarians want to make their homes more energy-efficient,” says Keith Brooks, Programs Director at Environmental Defence. “And we know that incentive programs work. Buildings produce almost a quarter of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions. We need to get those emissions down. These incentives will help make that happen, and enable Ontarians to do their part in the collective effort to fight climate change.”

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, incentives to improve home energy-efficiency will lower utility bills, make our homes more comfortable, and create jobs in Ontario’s clean economy.

“A retrofit incentive focusing on the home envelope is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions,” says Jay Nordenstrom, Executive Director of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. “And there are clear economic benefits here at home. The insulation is made right here in Ontario and installed by Ontarians, not to mention the energy cost savings that result from the work. These incentives will help drive job creation, build a stronger clean economy, and provide a good first step for Ontarians looking to make their homes more energy efficient, comfortable and healthier to live in.”

“Harnessing the power of geothermal energy for heating and cooling can lower the average consumer’s energy costs by 25-50%, and will drastically reduce their carbon footprint” says Paul Frith, Director of Advocacy and Sales at GeoSource Energy, a Canadian based geothermal drilling corporation.  “By harnessing heat from the ground, a geothermal system reduces dependence on fossil fuels. With startup funding of up to $20,000, this important renewable technology is now within reach for many more Ontarians.”

The Clean Economy Alliance looks forward to continued investments from the Green Ontario Fund to reduce polluting emissions while creating jobs and moving Ontario toward a low-carbon, clean economy.

About The CLEAN ECONOMY ALLIANCE (CEA): The CEA is a group of over 100 organizations representing a broad cross-section of Ontarians that united in 2015 to urge Ontario to show leadership in addressing the crucial issue of climate change. The CEA includes prominent Ontario businesses, industry associations, labour unions, farmers’ groups, health advocates, and environmental organizations. For a full list of Clean Economy Alliance members, please visit www.cleaneconomyalliance.ca.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 247;416-356-2587 (cell);  abraude@environmentaldefence.ca