Homeowners, towns partner to take CO2 out of home heating

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Published on: January 30, 2021

CBC News / Jonathan Ore / 29 January 2021

According to 2017 data from Statistics Canada, 43 per cent of homes in Canada are heated with natural gas. They’re billed as cleaner than coal or oil, but nearly 18 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating our buildings.

Some homeowners like Manning are switching to electric heating systems to do their part to reduce emissions even further than the oil-to-natural gas shift. But it can come with a high price tag — Manning said the bill for their retrofit reached $16,000.

That’s when the town of Berwick stepped in. Its Green Energy Program offered to finance a homeowner’s new heat pump with a loan, letting them pay it back over 10 years.

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