Durham Region officially launches Durham Greener Homes Program


Published May 3, 2022 at 4:37 pm

The Region of Durham launched the Durham Greener Homes Program, which will make it easier and more affordable for Durham residents to make energy improvements to their homes.

By empowering residents to undertake home energy renovations, the program will help reduce the climate impact, save residents money on energy bills and create jobs in the clean energy transition.

Program participants will gain access to a home energy coach who will provide impartial expert advice throughout the renovation process, including:

  • Completing an in-home energy assessment
  • Identifying eligible retrofits, including insulation, heating and cooling equipment, rooftop solar, and in-home electric vehicle charging stations
  • Selecting qualified contractors
  • Accessing utility and government cash-back rebates

“This program knits together partnerships with credit unions, utilities, and skilled trades, and demonstrates the power of municipal governments acting as a catalyst for collaborative action in the face of the complex challenges,” said Durham CAO Elaine Baxter-Trahair. “We hope that this program serves as a blueprint for other municipalities and communities across Ontario and Canada as we work together to respond to one of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Durham Region has partnered with the Windfall Ecology Centre to administer the program and provide home energy coaching services. Windfall is a non-profit organization with decades of on-the-ground experience delivering home energy retrofits. The program is the first in Canada to feature partnerships with community-based financial institutions – Pathwise Credit Union and Rapport Credit Union – who are offering energy retrofit financing services to participating residents

Funding is provided through a $3.4 investment from the federal government’s Green Municipal Fund.

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