There’s nothing like a new year to take stock and make positive changes. Studies show that investment in more efficient energy technologies is the most cost-effective way of curbing the growth in demand for fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

Energy-efficient buildings reduce indoor air pollution because they offer cleaner combustion and better ventilation. Reducing indoor air pollutants can also decrease incidence of illnesses such as asthma.

Energy-efficient retrofitting of your building can be one of the best ways to lower your operating costs, improve the comfort of your tenants, and help protect the environment. According to Natural Resources Canada, retrofitting a building can generate energy savings of 5 to 15% and typically pays for itself in less than three years.

Cash incentives for energy efficiencies

Enbridge’s Affordable Housing Multi-Residential Conservation Program encourages building efficiency by providing financial incentives for a variety of energy saving retrofits. The program rewards building owners who upgrade to high-efficiency and condensing boilers, improve boiler controls, and improve ventilation controls.

A one-time retrofit incentive of up to $200,000 is available for capital improvements. Free in-suite incentives are also available for qualified buildings, and include Novitherm Heat Reflector Panels and Low-Flow Showerheads, installed free of charge in every unit.

Start the year off right

Begin with an energy audit to identify and measure the current energy consumption of your building, and show where energy is being wasted and where upgrades would yield savings. Enbridge will help cover the cost of the audit so that you can prioritize.

If you’re an affordable housing provider, look to Enbridge to help identify and implement energy efficiency initiatives that will save energy, cut operating costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve the comfort and quality of life for residents.

For more information on the Affordable Housing Program and available incentives, call your Energy Solutions Consultant at 1-866-844-9994, email, or visit