The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, today announced more people can use the Home Energy Savings Program to burn less oil in their homes, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also lowering their heating bills. The household income limit has been raised from $32,500 to $52,500.
Delivered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, the Home Energy Savings Program – Oil Heat allows eligible homeowners of single, row and semi-detached housing who heat their homes with oil, to receive non-repayable grants of up to $5,000 to make energy efficient upgrades. Typically, upgrades such as insulating the basement or attic of a home have the greatest initial impact on energy efficiency. The program is offered province-wide on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to funding availability. Application forms and additional information on this program can be found online.
In January 2019, the Provincial and Federal Governments announced $89.4 million in joint funding for the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s climate action programs. Over the life of the fund, approximately $45.6 million is being provided by the Federal Government and the Provincial Government is contributing $43.9 million to support projects and programs, such as the Home Energy Savings Program, that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province.
“Actions taken for residents in our province such as support for the Home Energy Savings Program – Oil Heat, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and I encourage all those eligible to apply. Along with the continued implementation of our Climate Change Action Plan, energy efficient programs also help stimulate clean innovation and growth, build resilience to climate change impacts and support the development of a green economy.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“As a government, we remain committed to reducing the province’s carbon footprint, improving the comfort and ‘health’ of a home, and continuing to ensure housing remains affordable for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We have heard increased concerns about the rising cost of home heating fuel, and I am pleased to see this increased eligibility for the Home Energy Savings Program – Oil Heat, which enables the Provincial Government to assist approximately 200 households each year to complete energy efficiency upgrades, and reduce their energy costs.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
“The Home Energy Savings Program is wonderful, and has helped us save over $900 annually on our oil heating costs. We’re very pleased and highly recommend the program, which has made our home much more energy efficient and warmer during the long winter months.”
Shirley and David Neville
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Environment and Climate Change
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation