Federal, provincial governments announce expansion of energy efficiency programs

The province is expanding three energy efficiency programs to oil-heated and other non-electrically heated homes.

Nova Scotia Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced $12 million over four years, while federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna committed $56 million toward the effort.

The Home Energy Assessment, Green Heat, and Efficient Products Installation programs, administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia, were previously only available for electrically-heated homes.

The provincial government says as many as 10,000 homes could be upgraded over the next four years, with more than 20,000 receiving free energy efficient products.

That's expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes each year.