The return of EcoEnergy
Guest post by Blair Eveleigh, senior associate editor:
Some good news for cottagers in the recent federal budget, tabled in the House of Commons on June 6 by the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty: The ecoEnergy retrofit program is back. You may remember that we wrote about the program in the Reporter section of Waterfront last year, telling you in the May ’10 issue that the feds were adding $80 million to the funding. Then, just a few weeks later, in the June ’10 issue, we had to tell you that the government had cancelled the program outright. Now it seems they’ve had another change of heart and are allocating $400 million in 2011-2012, out of $870 million set aside to address climate change and air quality, for ecoEnergy Retrofit—Homes. The document also lists a big, fat goose egg for ecoEnergy for 2012-2013, so it looks like this is a one-year extension of the funding. Our advice: Sign up right away and get the process going, because your cottage has to be assessed before the work can start and then reassessed when it’s all done, before you can get your cheque. If you’re thinking about renovating, why not make your place more energy-efficient? Now’s the time.