On Tuesday, November 5, I had the privilege of launching BetterHomesTO, a City of Toronto initiative making it easier for residents to improve the energy efficiency of their single-family homes.

Through BetterHomesTO we aim to increase the number of residents who undertake an EnerGuide Home Evaluation. These assessments help homeowners understand how and where their home uses and loses energy today and its impact on the environment.  This initiative is a step towards transforming Toronto and making the changes needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

I encourage all residents to visit the BetterHomesTO portal, I believe it is an excellent tool to help all residents in learning how to make their homes more energy-efficient!


Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Residents are also encouraged to learn more about the City's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP).  HELP provides homeowners with a low-interest loan of up to $75,000 to cover the cost of energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.  Eligible projects include: 

  • High-efficiency furnaces / boilers / air conditioners

  • Window / door replacements

  • Battery storage

On average, HELP participants save $560 per year using 25-30% less energy, while significantly improving household comfort.  We want Toronto homeowners to put away space heaters and enjoy their home without having to worry about expensive heating bills or drafts.

The HELP team is also available to help homeowners in understanding the application process, accessing certified energy assessments, utility rebates and incentives.  Learn more by clicking here!