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Ontario supporting social housing retrofits in Kingston Residents saving money from energy retrofits

March 7, 2016 -

Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli was in Kingston today to highlight local efforts to conserve energy through retrofits led by Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, a manager of rent-geared-to-income and rent-supplemented housing and Utilities Kingston.

Joined by Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala and Mayor Bryan Paterson, Minister Chiarelli commended Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation for its efforts in providing energy efficiency retrofits for hundreds of individual and family residences, including installing new energy efficient windows, lighting, home appliances, air conditioners, and furnaces. Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation and Utilities Kingston were further acknowledged by Minister Chiarelli for earning $250,000 in incentives for social housing retrofits through Ontario's saveONenergy program.

Ontario is investing $92 million from the Green Investment Fund into social housing retrofits to take advantage of the economic opportunities in clean technologies, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; $10 million will be used to help improve electricity efficiency in approximately 1,300 single social-housing homes, often found in small and rural communities.

Supporting energy conservation and social housing retrofits is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.

The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quotes

"We applaud Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation for keeping their residents' quality of life and energy conservation top of mind. Utilities Kingston's energy retrofits programs are helping all homeowners and businesses in this community save energy and money."

— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

"KFHC retrofits are pro-active and forward thinking. Utilities Kingston is a provincially-recognized leader in electricity conservation precisely because of great partnerships like this one that save energy and costs for residents. Without a doubt, the best return on energy investment in our community and our province lies in conservation."

— Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

"Our customers are committed to investing in conservation. We're grateful to Kingston's social housing providers, including Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, for partnering with us to locally invest provincial saveONenergy incentive funding. Conservation investments by our customers improve the affordability of electricity, provide local jobs for tradespeople, reduce emissions, and increase the useful life and capacity of Kingston Hydro's electricity distribution system. Our utility looks forward to helping all our customers achieve conservation savings in the coming years and we encourage you to get in touch with our experts – just call 613-546-0000 and say ‘conservation'".

— Jim Keech, President and CEO, Utilities Kingston

"Utilities Kingston helped us identify, prioritize and fund investments that improve affordability, safety and home comfort for our tenants. We couldn't have made many of these investments without the support of provincial saveONenergy funding. The willingness of Utilities Kingston and their contractors to provide on-site, one-on-one service for their conservation programs has helped our management and our tenants improve energy literacy and save money that we can put to work here in our community. We're looking forward to continuing to work with Utilities Kingston on saveONenergy-funded projects."    

— Mary-Lynn Cousins-Brame, CEO, Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation

Quick facts

  • The Ontario Electricity Support Program provides assistance directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers following the conclusion of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on December 31, 2015.
  • Most of Ontario's social housing towers were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and can use up to 25 per cent more energy per square metre than a house.
  • Ontario is supporting growth in the green economy, helping businesses thrive as they lower their carbon footprint and delivering benefits to Ontario households. The province has committed $325 million in 2015–16 through the Green Investment Fund to help businesses undertake energy-efficiency initiatives, support energy retrofits in homes, and install public charging stations for electric vehicles.

Additional resources

  • Apply for the Ontario Electricity Support Program
  • Read the news release about the Green Investment Fund
  • See how Ontario is putting Conservation First
  • Read Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan  

For information on electricity conservation programs and incentives, visit the Kingston Hydro page at SaveOnEnergy.ca

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