City looking into home energy retrofit program

This article, from May 24, has details on a potential energy retrofit program for the City of Hamilton and its potential cost savings to homeowners while benefiting the climate.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City will be looking at  home energy retrofit program, as long as it receives funding to cover most of the costs. 

For more details, please continue reading below…

A retrofit program was first proposed in 2016 with the support of Environment Hamilton. If implemented, this program would provide home owners with financial support to improve the energy efficiency of their home, saving them money on energy bills in the short term and in the long term and help the City of Hamilton achieve its Climate Change goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

According to the Bay Area Climate Change Council, a home energy retrofit involves a systems approach to reducing carbon emissions from existing buildings, with a focus on actions that will reduce and/or eliminate the use of fossil fuels as a source of energy. Retrofit measures can include:

  • Adding insulation
  • Sealing air leaks
  • Upgrading mechanical systems
  • Replacing windows and/or doors
  • Heat pump installation
  • Thermal controls
  • Renewable energy

At the May 19 GIC meeting, councillors voted in favour of designing a program and applying to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for funding.

According to CBC Hamilton, the city says the program would involve a one-time project budget cost of $200,000. If approved, the federation would cover up to 80 per cent. Homeowners would first have to have an energy audit before accessing any fund sto help retrofit. 

Bianca Caramento, Executive Director of BACCC mentioned to CBC Hamilton that buildings count for 18 percent of overall emissions in the Bay area, with the residential sector representing the second largest source of green house gas emissions at 885,651 tonnes of CO2, which according to the City is mostly from space heating and water heating. Caramento sees the program as a “piece of the puzzle” to help bring emissions down.

“Knowing that if we have a regional strength in this area, and looking to make retrofits affordable for folks in both Hamilton and Burlington, we’re going to see the emission reductions that we need to see to meet our targets”

Bianca Caramento to CBC Hamilton

Burlington has already taken the lead in the Bay area, according to the Bay Area Climate Change Council. They are in the midst of working on their own program, with BACCC support.

In their view based on modelling in 2018, BACCC indicates that should Hamilton and Burlington adopt retrofit programs and retrofit 98 per cent of dwellings by 2050, there would be thermal and electrical savings of 50 per cent.

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