Designed to help low-income resident make their homes more energy efficient and cut down on their monthly bill, Festival Hydro and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) have partnered to offer free home electricity assessments and retrofit upgrades.
Participating utility companies across Ontario are taking part in the Home Assistance Program, and over 100 customers have already received free energy efficient products locally, representing a total of 93,000 kilowatt-hours – or $12,000 – saved by the end of the year.
The Home Assistance Program is part of the Ontario Power Authority’s legislation to reduce energy consumption and conservation in Ontario. The program was developed to help qualified Ontario homeowners, tenants and social assisted housing residents, improve the energy efficiency of their homes without cost.
Participants are either eligible for the program based on income per household, or through social assistance programs.
The program is being delivered locally by the Elora Environment Centre, a regional-based non-profit organization that provides leadership in community-based environmental initiatives.
The centre’s energy advisors conduct the free, home electricity visits, and install the energy efficient measures while educating homeowners on how they can reduce their energy consumption.
The Home Assistance Program has given over 150 families 34 new refrigerators, 13 freezers and over 1,100 compact fluorescent lighting upgrades.
The main requirement for eligibility in the Home Assistance Program is that participants must be the primary or secondary account holder with Festival Hydro and either is on a social assisted program, such as ODSP or Ontario Works, or meets the income requirements set forth by the OPA.
The program is running for a limited time; homeowners and tenants across the Festival Hydro service area are encouraged to call toll-free 1-866-865-7337 to learn more about the program.