Ontario adds Pickering, Ajax and Whitby to dual fuel incentive program
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Operated in collaboration with Enbridge Gas, the Clean Home Heating Initiative provides participants who have existing gas connections with incentives of up to $4,500 towards heat pump installations.
The Ontario government has added the Toronto bedroom communities of Whitby, Ajax and Pickering to growing list of municipalities eligible to participate in the province’s Clean Home Heating Initiative.
Operated in collaboration with Enbridge Gas, the Clean Home Heating Initiative provides participants who have existing gas connections with incentives of $3,000 for standard air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) and $4,500 for cold-climate air-source heat pumps (ccASHPs).
Through this program the province is promoting a dual fuel heating solution for homeowners, noting that with the addition of smart controls, a hybrid heating system automatically switches between the heat pump and a home’s existing condensing natural gas furnace depending on weather and which heating source is least expensive.
The province is investing a total of $8.2 million in the initiative aiming to reach more than 1,500 homes.
The program is allowing the government to learn from the hybrid heating model and inform decisions on offering the model more broadly in the future.
In addition to homeowners in Whitby, Ajax and Pickering, residents of Barrie, London, St. Catharines, Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie continue to be eligible for Initiative.