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HomeWarming

HomeWarming offers home energy assessments and upgrades for income-qualified homeowners, at no cost. 

It’s important to us that everyone benefits from energy efficiency, regardless of income. For qualifying homeowners, if we discover that upgrades like draft-proofing and insulation will help reduce your heating and power bills, we’ll install the upgrades at absolutely no cost to you.

Benefits of an energy efficient home
Save Money

If you qualify for the HomeWarming program, we’ll assess your home from attic to basement, and complete energy efficiency upgrades at no charge. Since heating and cooling make up around 60% of energy costs, reducing these bills can make other household expenses more manageable.

Stay comfortable

We all deserve to be comfortable in our homes, regardless of income. But too many Nova Scotians struggle to keep warm and pay the bills. In a typical house, 80% of the heat loss is caused by drafts and poor insulation. Upgrades like improving insulation and draft-proofing can help keep a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Avoid Hassle

Let us do the work. We’ll take care of arranging for a contractor to do any approved upgrades. All you have to do is be home for appointments!

Getting Started

To see if you qualify for free home upgrades, complete an online application today. Applications take less than 10 minutes to complete. You’ll need your power utility account number, recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency, and a recent property tax bill or property value assessment notice.

If you have concerns about how upgrades might affect your home insurance policy, participants are encouraged to contact their insurance provider.

For assistance, speak confidentially with our service advisor, Darlah Purdy, by email homewarming@efficiencyns.ca, or toll free at 1-877-434-2136.

Number of People Living in Your HomeMaximum Household Income
1 person$22,324
2 to 4 people$41,481
5 or more people$59,076

Based on Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs) figures set by Statistics Canada. The maximum household income is the amount on Line 236 of your most recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency.

We were so glad that you offer the HomeWarming program, as we would not have been able to do this ourselves.

Lorne and Mildred Jennez live in an 800 sq ft. heritage home in Cape Breton. Built in 1945, the home was chilly in winter, letting valuable heat escape and their bills creep higher and higher. Through HomeWarming, they received foam insulation for their basement, cellulose insulation for their exterior main floor walls and a dehumidifier. The value of these upgrades is approx. $6,000 and they were done at no cost to the Jennez’s through the HomeWarming program. Their home is now cozier, and they’re enjoying the good things efficiency brings.

House Type: Detached
Year Built: 1945
Sq Footage:  800
Annual Savings: Lorne and Mildred are estimated to save up to $900 on their heating bill or 35.4 GJ of energy per year.