Energy Efficiency Programming Assists
Homeowners Reduce Heating Costs
To assist Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to
significantly reduce their home energy usage, the Provincial Government
is announcing two new programs that offer incentives and grants for
homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce
their heating costs.
The development of energy efficiency and
conservation programs that provide cost savings to residents and
protect and preserve the environment was a key commitment in the
province’s Energy Plan, released in 2007. The two programs announced
today are the Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses
Program and the Residential Energy Efficiency Program for
lower income households.
"These two programs will assist homeowners in
this province to become more energy efficient, reducing their energy
costs and greenhouse gas emissions," said the Honourable Kathy
Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources. "Improving the energy
efficiency of your house can save significant money on monthly heating
bills, while keeping your home warm and comfortable."
The Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for
Houses Program will provide $300 towards the cost of a complete
home energy efficiency audit and will top up the federal ecoEnergy
Retrofit Program grant, to a maximum of an additional $1,500 towards
the improvements. This will make energy efficiency home improvements
much more affordable and help homeowners reduce their energy costs. The
program is effective immediately, with the audit portion retroactive to
September 11, 2007.
The Residential Energy Efficiency Program
(REEP) for lower income households will be available to homeowners with
a household income level of $32,500 or less and who use either home
heating fuel or electricity as their source. The program will be
administered through Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) and it is
expected to assist approximately 1,000 households per year for the next
two years. Housing will pay for pre- and post-energy inspections, as
well as provide grants of up to a maximum of $3,000 per house on the
island and $4,000 in Labrador to make identified improvements. The
program will start on January 19, 2009, at which time application forms
will also be available.
"As a government, we always need to consider how
policies relate and impact the individuals they are meant to assist,"
said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works
and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing. "The new
Residential Energy Efficiency Program, coupled with the home heating
fuel rebate, is a solid and strategic plan. Through this energy
efficiency program, we’re providing options to low-income households
that can help reduce energy use and keep home-heating costs affordable."
Retrofitted households should reduce energy costs by up to 30
per cent. For more information on the Newfoundland and Labrador
EnerGuide for Houses Program, please visit the website at www.nr.gov.nl.ca/SavingEnergy.
For more information on REEP, please visit the Housing website at
week, the Provincial Government announced details of its 2008-09 Home
Heating Rebate Program which provides financial assistance for eligible
residents of the province with family net income of $40,000 or less who
incur costs to heat their homes. Application forms and information
about the program are available at www.gov.nl.ca/fin/homeheating
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
Manager, Corporate Communications
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses
- The province’s Energy Plan: Focusing our Energy,
released on September 11, 2007, included a commitment to provide grants
to homeowners for pre- and post retrofit residential energy audits. The
Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses Program
fulfills this commitment and expands it to include funding to help
homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
- The Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for Houses
Program has two key components: 1) a subsidy to help homeowners
complete home energy audits; and 2) grants to help homeowners to
retrofit their houses to make them more energy efficient.
- The Provincial Energy Audit Rebate provides $300
toward the cost of a complete home energy efficiency audit. The total
cost of a complete audit is approximately $450 to $500 for a home with
up to 2,000 square feet of heated space, while an audit on a larger
home costs slightly more. Under this program, the Provincial Government
will also pay any transportation costs for auditors to ensure that
rural customers do not have to pay any travel costs to get a home
- The audit fee funding is retroactive for pre- and/or post
audits completed between September 11, 2007 and December 12, 2008.
- Under the Newfoundland and Labrador EnerGuide for
Houses Program, the province is topping up the federal ecoEnergy
Retrofit Program grant to a maximum of an additional $1,500. This will
make energy efficiency home improvements much more affordable and help
homeowners to reduce their home heating bills. The provincial component
of the retrofit grant is available as of December 12, 2008.
- To access the federal ecoEnergy Retrofit Program homeowners
must complete a pre-retrofit audit, complete the retrofit work, and
complete a post-retrofit audit. Federal ecoEnergy Retrofit Program
grants provide a maximum grant of $5,000, with the average award being
just under $1,000.
- To begin the audit process, a homeowner must contact a
certified energy auditor. As of December 2008, two companies are
certified in this province to do the audits, Amerispec Canada and
Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants.
- For more information on the program and
eligible renovations, please visit the website
www.nr.gov.nl.ca/SavingEnergy or call the department toll-free at
Residential Energy Efficiency Program
- The Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP)
will help lower-income homeowners improve the energy efficiency of
their homes. Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) is administering
- REEP will be available as of January 19, 2009, to
homeowners with a household income level of $32,500 or less and who use
either home heating fuel or electricity as their source. Application
forms will be made available at that time.
- Housing will pay for pre- and post-energy efficiency audits
as well as provide grants to make identified improvements.
- Retrofitted households can expect energy savings of up to
25 per cent.
- Components of the Residential Energy
Efficiency Program include:
- The cost of pre- and post-energy audits
by an independent energy advisor at an approximate cost of $500.
- Grants of up to $3,000 on the island and
up to $4,000 per unit in Labrador for items such as heating system
upgrades, basement and attic insulation and draft-proofing.
- Application forms for REEP will be available
on January 19, 2009, from any Housing office around the province, or
from the website at
- As of that date, a dedicated 1-800 phone line will also be
available for inquiries.