December 4-11, 2006

Hydro One adds $1M to social housing energy efficiency program

TORONTO, ONT-Hydro One is providing an additional $1 million to the Social Housing Services Corporation's (SHSC) energy management program, bringing the utility's total funding of the program to $2.5 million. The funding helps social housing landlords undertake energy audits and retrofits to improve energy efficiency and reduce electricity bills. Hydro One will pay for an initial audit ($50 per unit) and will provide up to $450 per unit for energy efficiency measures. Typical measures include retrofitting common area lighting, controls on common area ventilation, and installing programmable thermostats to control in-suite heating/cooling. There are 17,000 social housing units presently participating in the SHSC energy management program. Total savings from improving the energy efficiency of these units are estimated at more than $1.3 million in energy costs, 13.5 million kWh in reduced energy consumption and 12,000 tonnes in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. SHSC is working to deliver the program to all 250,000 social housing units in Ontario.

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