Ontario Helping Families Save Money with Energy-Efficiency Program:  Programs providing home upgrades that will reduce energy use and bills for families

By Staff

April 12th, 2023



Thousands of families will be able to reduce their energy use and save money is as the result programs now available.

That energy bill is often a shock that comes your way several times a year. Some savings programs are now in place.

The Energy Affordability Program provides free home-efficiency upgrades for Ontarians who are looking for support with their energy bills.

To ensure families have access to these critical supports and help keep costs down, the income eligibility threshold is being raised by $11,715 for a four-person household, and by $8,285 for a couple.

“As the home heating season continues, our government is helping families reduce their energy use and save money on their bills”, said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “With this update to the Energy Affordability Program, Ontario is ensuring access to free home energy-efficiency upgrades like insulation, smart thermostats, and energy-efficient refrigerators and air conditioners.”

The Energy Affordability Program offers energy saving measures that can help participating households manage their energy use and lower electricity costs by up to $750 per year depending on eligibility, at no cost to the customer. The energy-efficiency upgrades and types of support available are tailored based on various factors including home heating system, location and an assessment of energy needs.

Under the increased income eligibility threshold, a four-person household with a before-tax income of $84,872, or a couple with a before-tax income of $60,014, is now eligible for support through the Energy Affordability Program. That represents an increase of 16 per cent compared to the previous income threshold.

Like everything the government does for you – there are hoops you have to jump through. A link to the process is HERE

The government is also continuing to invest in other critical programs to support Ontarians who are looking for support with their electricity or natural gas bills.

The Ontario Electricity Support Program provides an on-bill credit of up to $75 per month to provide support for low-income households when paying their electricity bills. Customers can also access the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and receive up to $600 in emergency assistance if they are behind on their electricity or natural gas bill and face having their service disconnected.

The application procedure is HERE:

“Updates to the Energy Affordability Program will provide greater comfort and lower bills for income-eligible Ontarians,” said Chuck Farmer, Vice-President, Planning, Conservation and Resource Adequacy at the IESO. “Energy efficiency programs like this reduce electricity demand and contribute to the overall reliability of Ontario’s power system.”

The Energy Affordability Program and Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program, which provides home energy upgrades to income-eligible natural gas customers, are now coordinated though a one-window approach. That means an improved customer experience and making it easier than ever for families to receive energy-efficient upgrades that will help them reduce energy costs and improve comfort at home.

To follow up on what the Enbridge could do for you click HERE

“Energy affordability and climate change are among the most pressing issues we face today, and energy efficiency is one of the most effective solutions that addresses both,” said Michele Harradence, President, Enbridge Gas. .

In October 2022 the government announced it was increasing funding for the province’s energy-efficiency programs by $342 million, bringing the total investment to more than $1 billion over the current four-year electricity conservation framework.

• The Energy Affordability Program, which is funded by the province’s current four-year electricity conservation framework, has provided free energy-efficiency upgrades to more than 47,000 Ontario households since 2018.

• Free energy upgrades may include insulation, draft proofing, smart thermostats, shower heads, aerators, pipe wrap, energy-efficient refrigerator, air conditioner and health and safety measures where needed such as carbon monoxide detectors and attic dampers.

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1 comment to Ontario Helping Families Save Money with Energy-Efficiency Program:  Programs providing home upgrades that will reduce energy use and bills for families

  • Joe Gaetan

    With all the money being splashed around and all the hype around a greener economy and with Transport Canada now mandating that over 2 million vehicles will be EV’s by 2035. There seems to be a huge disconnect between the publicity and funding for people who like to buy an EV. On top of that there is nothing there to help condominiums owners fund the much-needed electrical infrastructure that must be in place before anything else can happen. Unlike all levels of government, condominium corporations have one source of funds, condo owners, who coincidentally also happen to be taxpayers. Condo corporations by law, have few funding options in which to pay for the much-needed upgrades to electrical infrastructure. In some cases, this means the condo corp may have to secure a loan that requires the approval of the majority of owners. Depending on the amount, for example if it is less than 10% of the annual budget, the board may go ahead and do this without calling a vote. The one funding option that most condo boards abhor, is having to fund the needed infrastructure with a Special Assessment. Special Assessments usually have to be paid within a short period of time, usually 30 days. Locally some owners are being hit with special assessments between $3,500 to $12,000 per unit. On top of the condo owner may have to pay an additional $3,000 to $5,000 or more to connect to the infrastructure.
    Prior to the last budget the federal government had an infrastructure funding program called ZEVIP that seemed to be chronically out of money. Subsequent to the last federal budget, ZEVIP is closed for applications. (Source: https://natural-resources.canada.ca/energy-efficiency/transportation-alternative-fuels/zero-emission-vehicle-infrastructure-program/21876
    People who live in detached homes can buy an EV and plug it in for between $300 under $1500.