Retro­fit pro­gram update

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

The fed­eral govern­ment on April 1 sus­pended a pro­gram which of­fered peo­ple fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to have their homes eval­u­ated for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and then per­form up­grades to im­prove the rat­ing.

Un­der the ecoEnergy Retro­fit pro­gram, home­own­ers could re­ceive a grant of up to $5,000 to carry out en­ergy sav­ing im­prove­ments.

The pro­gram tech­ni­cally runs un­til March 31, 2011, but the govern­ment stopped ac­cept­ing book­ings for pre-retro­fit eval­u­a­tions as of April 1. Home­own­ers who have al­ready booked an ap­point­ment, have com­pleted an eval­u­a­tion, or ap­plied for re-en­try into the pro­gram have un­til next year to ap­ply for the retro­fit grant.

The Con­ser­va­tives launched the ecoEnergy Retro­fit pro­gram in April 2007. By 2009, the govern­ment had paid out $91 mil­lion to home­own­ers for more than 85,000 home retrofits.

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