Hydro Works to Make Low Income Areas Energy Efficient

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba Hydro will begin working with community organizations and groups to bring energy efficient ideas to those living in low income neighbourhoods.

The Power Smart Neighbourhood Project was launched on Tuesday and will include free in-home energy reviews, improvements to sealing, caulking and weatherstripping, installing pipe wrapping and water efficiency devices, new high-efficiency furnaces and boilers, and performing insulation upgrades.

The program was launched in a home on Alfred Avenue in Winnipeg’s William Whyte neighbourhood and will apply on a block-by-block project basis.

“Many homes in older communities have inefficient furnaces, poor insulation and old plumbing fixtures that waste water and energy, costing families more money,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “Making life more affordable remains a priority for our government. This project will help local families save money and improve their homes while creating jobs for local residents.”

Funding to community groups will be provided by Hydro, as well as technical and marketing support to community organizations to market the program to residents within the community.

Although the program is being launched in Winnipeg, community projects are also underway in Brandon.

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