City launches Home Energy Assistance Toronto, a way to insulate your home and your wallet

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There has never been a better time to upgrade the insulation in your home!

On October 14, 2009, The City of Toronto launched Home Energy Assistance Toronto (HEAT), a new incentive program offering residents up to $1,000 when they upgrade their home insulation.

Home Energy Assistance Toronto is open to homeowners of low-rise residential properties including single detached, semi-detached, attached (i.e. row houses) and small multi-unit buildings (three storeys or less and maximum footprint of 600 square metres).

HEAT is a partnership with Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes. To be eligible, homeowners must follow the steps outlined by the Federal program. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/personal/retrofit-homes/apply.cfm?attr=4.

In total, ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes offers residents up to $5,000 in home efficiency grants. Ontario’s Home Energy Savings Program then matches these grants for another $5,000 (maximum). When combined with HEAT, this means that homeowners can now access up to $11,000 in total grants when they upgrade their home insulation, and also implement other important energy efficient upgrades.

The amounts specifically related to HEAT by area of insulation include:

Ceiling:

• Up to $200 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $1,500 in Federal and Provincial grants

Walls:

• Up to $500 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $3,750 in Federal and Provincial grants

Foundation:

• Up to $300 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $2,500 in Federal and Provincial grants

Visit http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen/home_energy_heat.html for more information on the recommended insulation measures for each area of the home.

But hurry, this program is on for a limited time only!

HEAT funds are only available to residents who complete their home renovations between August 6, 2009 and March 2012.

For more information on HEAT and other City of Toronto environmental programs, visit http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.