HomeWarming offers home energy assessments and upgrades for income-qualified homeowners, at no cost.
It is important to us that people living on lower incomes benefit from energy efficiency and feel comfortable in their homes. 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.
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.
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.
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!
You are eligible for 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 these income levels
- 1 person – maximum household income of $25,673
- 2 – 4 people – maximum household income of $47,703
- 5 or more people – maximum household income of $67,937
- 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.
If you meet these eligibility requirements, complete an online application today. It takes less than 10 minutes. You’ll need:
- your power utility account number
- recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency
- recent property tax bill or property value assessment notice
If you have concerns about how upgrades might affect your home insurance policy, contact your insurance provider.
For assistance, speak confidentially with our HomeWarming service advisor, by email at email@example.com, or toll free at 1-877-434-2136.
If you don’t qualify for the HomeWarming program, you could still receive up to $5,000 in rebates on home energy upgrades. Take a look at the Home Energy Assessment program.
Saving $900 per year on their heating bill
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.
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.
A couple from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia now enjoys savings of up to $953 a year off their bills.
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