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Selinger Would Lower Homeowners’ Utility Bills

September 22, 2011 2:55 PM | News


Manitoba’s NDP says they will offer families up to $1,000 to make their homes more energy efficient and help them lower their utility bills.

Premier Greg Selinger announced Thursday that if re-elected, the NDP would build on the federal government’s ecoENERGY program to cut the cost of a home energy audit, and lower the interest rate on Manitoba Hydro’s popular Power Smart loan program.

Under the program, families would be eligible for up to $1,000, and up to $6,000 in combined Hydro and federal grants for energy-saving home improvements. Manitoba Hydro would also kick in an additional $20.

As it stands, an energy audit costs a homeowner $180. That amount would be reduced to $45.