A Handbook on Energy Conservation Programs In Ontario
By Ying Quan, Research and Project Assistant, Energy Exchange
In 2016, the Ontario government released a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan which identifies a broad range of measures to help the province reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The plan includes a variety of energy-related programs and projects in eight main focus areas, including transportation; buildings and homes; land-use planning; industry and business; collaboration with Indigenous communities; research and development; government; and agriculture, forests and lands. The programs encourage Ontario residents and businesses to take climate action, like installing more energy-efficient equipment, including windows and furnaces; replacing older cars with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles; and adopting low-carbon energy technologies, such as geothermal heat pumps. The money to fund these programs will be sourced from Ontario’s cap-and-trade program, which is expected to raise around $1.9 billion per year in revenues starting in 2017.
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The initiatives outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan complement a wide range of other municipal, provincial and federal programs that aim to lower our greenhouse gas emissions while also saving money and energy.
To help you understand the different energy programs available, Energy Exchange has prepared a handbook with information on Ontario’s existing and proposed energy conservation and efficiency programs. Each program is linked to the action areas identified in the provincial Climate Change Action Plan. In this handbook, you can find existing and proposed energy-related initiatives that are relevant to Ontarians at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
When reading through the handbook, you can click on the programs that are interesting to you to learn more. By participating in programs that apply to you, you will be able to save money, save energy and contribute to the fight against climate change!