Energy Savings for Families in Windsor
The City of Windsor is meeting with Enbridge Gas, our region’s natural gas distribution company, to review the important energy and money saving programs they offer.
The City is committed to creating the conditions for expanded home energy efficiency upgrades and is assessing multiple program options to put before City Council for consideration. Leveraging from the success of the Enbridge Gas Home Energy Retrofit Program is a key element of the City’s ongoing program development.
The Home Efficiency Rebate program offers qualifying homeowners a rebate of up to $5,000 for renovations that can lower energy bills by more than 20 percent. Participating homeowners can upgrade their insulation, heating systems, windows and doors to reduce heat loss and, subsequently, their monthly natural gas bill. An energy assessment is required both before and after the renovations are complete to help verify the energy savings and support the homeowner’s decision in making the most appropriate upgrades based on each home.
Since 2017, approximately 1,500 homes a year in the city of Windsor have participated in Enbridge Gas energy efficiency programs.
In the city of Windsor, almost $160 million per year are spent on residential energy. Individual actions are needed to reduce this amount and help reduce our region’s carbon emissions, in return saving Windsor families money through lower monthly natural gas bills.
Mr. Nick Bibic, a Windsor resident, saw the potential in the Enbridge Gas program and was able to make the maximum investments in his home on Pillette Avenue, which resulted in 58 percent energy savings and cost savings of approximately $1,150 per year.
Windsor’s building stock is one of the oldest and least energy efficient in the province and is estimated to use 35 percent more energy than the Ontario average. Local upgrades and small investments in buildings will therefore yield larger savings.
“The programs offered by Enbridge Gas can help residents create a more comfortable living space, improve the value of your home and save Windsor families money on their energy bills. That’s a win-win-win.”
–Drew Dilkens, Windsor Mayor
“Our core business is to deliver natural gas, however, on the path to a greener future, delivering more conservation is part of the solution. To date, our retrofit program has resulted in reducing participating customers’ energy use by 25 to 50 percent. Expanding energy efficiency programs is the right policy, saving consumers money while reducing their carbon footprint.”
–Sarah Van Der Paelt, Director of Marketing & Energy Conservation, Enbridge Gas
“As a result of the Home Efficiency Rebate, I received $5,000 towards property upgrades. With the cost of building materials constantly rising, this is an excellent way to help ensure I got the best quality products installed to maximize my home’s energy savings, all while lowering my homes carbon footprint.”
—Nick Bibic, Windsor Resident
About Enbridge Gas Inc.
Enbridge Gas is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, recognized by the Canadian Gas Association in 2019 as a leader in safety with more than a 170-year history of providing affordable and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.8 million customers, heating over 75 percent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on January 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution.