No-charge energy assessments and home upgrades to income-qualified homeowners.
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.
To see if you qualify for free home upgrades, complete an online application today. Applications take less than 10 minutes to complete.
Included with your application, you’ll need:
- Power utility account number
- Proof of income (recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency for all members of your household over the age of 18)
- Proof of home ownership (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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or toll free at 1-877-434-2136.
Additional Assistance through Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP)
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) helps low and modest income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. Offering a rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas or coal. Applications are accepted between October 16, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
Applying online is safe, easy and the fastest way to receive your rebate: www.novascotia.ca/heatinghelp
We can help with HomeWarming upgrades if:
- Your home hasn’t been in HomeWarming or the Low Income Homeowner Service before (homes are only eligible once a lifetime)
- Your income is under the income levels in the chart below
- You own a single-unit home located in Nova Scotia and can provide proof of ownership. Please note: Row houses do qualify, but condos, multi-unit buildings, and rentals do not.
- Your home is your primary, year-round residence, and you don’t plan to sell in the near future
|Number Of People Living In Your Home||Maximum Before-Tax Household Income|
|2 to 4 people||$40,548|
|5 or more people||$57,747|
Based on Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs) before-tax figures set by Statistics Canada. The maximum before-tax household income is the amount on Line 236 of your most recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency.
Save your money.
If you qualify for HomeWarming, we’ll assess your home and complete energy efficiency upgrades at no charge. Since heating and cooling makes up around 60 per cent of energy costs, reducing these bills can make other household expenses more manageable. Help from HomeWarming could be the difference between paying bills or buying groceries.
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 per cent 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.
Let us do the work. We’ll take care of arranging for a contractor to do any approved work. All you have to do is be home for appointments!
HomeWarming is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power.
Nova Scotia Power sponsors electrically-heated homes with a $37 million fund for a 10-year low-income energy efficiency program, delivered by the Clean Foundation. The funding is charitable, and not recovered from ratepayers. The Province of Nova Scotia funds non-electric low-income energy efficiency programs, delivered by Efficiency Nova Scotia.
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