Free Heat Pumps – for some
ONTARIO CLEAN AIR ALLIANCE
First the good news: Ontario is now offering free cold-climate air-source heat pumps (ASHP) to income-eligible households that currently have electric baseboard heating.
According to the province’s Save On Energy program, switching from electric baseboards to a cold climate ASHP can reduce residents’ electricity bills by up to 50%.
Now the bad news: If you use propane, fuel oil or fossil gas, you don’t qualify. If that has you scratching your head trying to understand the logic of only helping people currently reliant on electric heating to cut their energy bills and reduce climate damaging pollution, then join the club.
Meanwhile, the Province of Ontario is providing subsidies averaging $32,000 per customer to Enbridge Gas to hook up more homes to fossil gas. This doesn’t make sense since cold climate ASHPs can provide homeowners with much larger bill savings than switching to fossil gas, and cleaner air.
Instead of providing huge subsidies to Enbridge Gas, the Government of Ontario should be providing free cold climate ASHPs to all income-eligible customers who are currently heating their homes with fossil gas, fuel oil and propane.
Please click here to ask Premier Ford to provide free cold climate ASHPs to all income eligible households instead of subsiding Enbridge Gas.
Thanks for your help!
Angela Bischoff, Director