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McGuinty Government Helps Homeowners Fight Climate Change

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McGuinty Government Helps Homeowners Fight Climate Change

The Ontario government is investing $24 million over four years to help homeowners save money and help fight climate change, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

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The Ontario government is investing $24 million over four years to help homeowners save money and help fight climate change, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"We want to give homeowners the tools they need to save money and help reduce greenhouse gases," said Premier McGuinty. "This is another step in our plan to build a cleaner, greener future for Ontario."

The provincial program will provide homeowners up to $150 toward a home energy audit. The goal is to conduct 130,000 audits over the next four years. Following the audit, homeowners will be eligible for a federal ecoENERGY grant, which provides financial support and information for energy retrofits in homes.

"We are building a culture of conservation in Ontario," said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan. "This program will reduce natural gas and electricity consumption, save homeowners money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 260,000 tonnes."

An energy audit can show homeowners how to improve energy efficiency for things such as cooling, hot water and insulation around the house. A typical homeowner could save about $1,200 per year on their energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1-2 tonnes.

Rebates for home energy audits are just one of the ways the McGuinty government is helping Ontarians reduce greenhouse gases and protect the environment. Other initiatives include:

  • Awarding 36 renewable energy projects under the Standard Offer Program, including one of the world's largest solar farms to be built in Sarnia
  • Protecting 1.8 million acres of greenspace in the Greenbelt, providing a safe habitat for 66 species at risk, and
  • Closing the single largest source of air pollution in the Greater Toronto Area -- the Lakeview Generating Station.

"Imagine an Ontario that is greener, cleaner and -- at the same time -- more productive than ever before," said Premier McGuinty. "Working and building together, that dream is within our reach."

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