Low income programs for energy-efficient home renovations are offered through Green Ontario Fund, which is funded by the Ontario government.

The Green Energy Fund and all programs funded through it have been cancelled.

Free upgrades for low income natural gas customers

A free program for low-income customers to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their gas bills by up to 30%.

Who is eligible:

Customers who pay their natural gas bill and live in homes built prior to 1980 that use a gas furnace and who either:

1) have an annual household income that falls within eligibility requirements:

  • one person $32,843
  • two people $40,886
  • three people $50,266
  • four people $61,028
  • five people $69,217
  • six people $78,065
  • seven or more $86,914

2) have received income support from a government assistance program:

  • Ontario Works
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • National Child Benefit Supplement
  • Allowances for Seniors
  • Allowances for Survivors
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Electric Utility HAP Program
  • Healthy Smiles Child Dental Program
  • Ontario Electricity Support Program

Free energy saving devices for low-income customers

It is a free program to help low-income customers reduce energy use at home, with an energy assessment and upgrades. Energy-saving devices and appliances installed in your home free of charge. An energy assessor will visit your home to suggest ways to save more energy and provide upgrades that could include:

  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • ENERGY STAR® refrigerators
  • ENERGY STAR® freezers, dehumidifiers, window air-conditioners
  • Home insulation and draft proofing
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Powerbars
  • Faucet aerators

Who is eligible:

Consumers can qualify in two ways:

  1. if you live in eligible non-profit housing
  2. if you rent or own a residence and meet certain criteria

If you rent or own a residence and meet one of the following criteria:

1) have an annual household income that falls within eligibility requirements:

  • one person $32,843
  • two people $40,886
  • three people $50,266
  • four people $61,028
  • five people $69,217
  • six people $78,065
  • seven or more $86,914

2) have received income support or assistance with your energy bill in the last 12 months

  • Ontario Works
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • National Child Benefit Supplement
  • Allowances for Seniors
  • Allowances for Survivors
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Electric Utility HAP Program
  • Healthy Smiles Child Dental Program
  • Ontario Electricity Support Program
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • A natural gas low income DSM Program

The Green Ontario Fund is part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, to 37% by 2030, and to 80% by 2050.

In Ontario, buildings generate nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas pollution. The Green Ontario Fund helps to reduce your heating and cooling costs, increase your savings and decrease your home’s carbon footprint.

In addition to the rebates, Ontario government announced the creation of GreenON Support, a phone line that homeowners can call to get advice on what projects and rebates might be best for their home.

Sources:

  • https://greenon.ca/
  • https://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2017/12/helping-families-save-money-and-fight-climate-change-at-home.html
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