Province announces new funding for home efficiency programs

Nova Scotia has announced new funding for programs that help residents lower energy bills by making home efficiency improvements.

$4 million will go to the HomeWarming program, $2 million will be used to create a new program for affordable rental units and non-profit housing, and $1.5 million will fund the development and delivery of a new program to support First Nations homes.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the programs will not just help reduce the energy bills of those who need it most, but will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs across the province.

The HomeWarming program provides eligible low-income Nova Scotians with a home energy assessment and upgrades such as draft-proofing and insulation at no cost.