CHARLOTTETOWN – Due to a high demand for air-source heat pumps, the funding available for grants under the Office of Energy Efficiency is almost gone.
“We restructured the OEE programs this year, increasing the budget for grants, but we had an exceptionally high demand for these heat pumps,” said Energy Minister Wes Sheridan. “In order to ensure funding is available for energy saving initiatives that benefit low-income Islanders, we have to close this year’s grant program on Oct. 15.”
The Office of Energy Efficiency will still accept and process applications for all grants received until Oct. 15.
Air-source heat pumps are an efficient and cost-effective method to provide heating and cooling one’s home. More than 90 per cent of the applications received at the Office of Energy Efficiency this year have been for these systems.
After Oct. 15, Islanders with a total household income of $35,000 or less can still access the Home Energy Low-Income Program (HELP). Under this program, a tradesperson will complete comprehensive air sealing — caulking and weather stripping on windows and doors — free of charge.
Since it opened in 2008, the Office of Energy Efficiency has provided more than $4.5 million in direct grants to more than 5,000 residential clients.
The HELP program has assisted 2,300 low-income households to reduce their heating costs by an average of $350 annually, and the Office of Energy Efficiency has also helped 470 businesses to reduce their energy consumption.
For more information, visit gov.pe.ca/oee or call the Office of Energy Efficiency toll-free at 1-877-734-6336.