A Toolkit for Affordability Driven Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits Through Local Improvement Charge Programs

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Climate change will cause increasing temperature fluctuations and longer heat waves. This will make home cooling essential, but adding and using cooling can be too expensive for low-income homeowners, including seniors. Incentive programs exist to help people make energy-efficient retrofits to their homes, but they increase housing costs. This is counterproductive for many low- or fixed-income and senior households.

The Affordable Home Energy Retrofit Toolkit will explore making energy-efficient retrofits affordable for more households. It will work within Toronto’s existing Home Energy Loan Program to provide innovative retrofits to low-income and senior households. This will reduce energy costs, improve health and safety, and allow seniors to age in place.

To gather information for the project, Volta Research is local for demonstration participants who are considering installing air conditioning or replacing their heating systems over the next six months.

You may be eligible to take part in the demonstration if you:

  • Are a senior or living on a low or fixed income
  • own a detached, semi-detached, or row house in the City of Toronto (the property’s postal code must start with an “M”
  • your property tax and utility payments to the City are in good standing

If you are interested in taking part in the demonstration or for more information, please email us at info@voltaresearch.org

stakeholders

Key project stakeholders

  • Municipal policy makers and program managers
  • Utilities
  • Energy modelling consultants
  • Homeowners and community groups
  • Energy service companies
  • Contractors
  • Academics

Partners

City of Toronto logo
Building Knowledge Canada Inc. logo
Halifax Regional Municipality logo
Hero Engineering logo
Indwell Community Homes logo

A Toolkit for Affordability Driven Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits Through Local Improvement Charge Programs received funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy Demonstrations initiative. The views expressed are the personal views of the author(s) and CMHC accepts no responsibility for them.