Better Homes Ottawa

Better Homes Ottawa is a one-stop website for Ottawa residents to help us make our homes more energy-efficient and climate-friendly. Created by EnviroCentre in partnership with local organizations, it is a website where you’ll find all you need to navigate your home energy retrofit, including: 

  • How, why, and where to start to retrofit your home for energy savings 
  • Programs, incentives, and rebates to help you get the work done 
  • Services to support you to choose the right home improvementsfor your home, and get them done well 
  • Information on deep retrofits, what that means, and why it matters for Ottawa and your home 

Why is home energy efficiency important? 

Here are the facts: 

  • The City of Ottawa declared a climate emergency in 2019, as did the Government of Canada.  Our City is committed to accelerating local efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 
  • Homes and buildings produce almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa today. 
  • To meet our emissions reduction targets here in Ottawa, 98% of existing homes must undergo a deep retrofit by 2040.  That’s around 327,000 homes, and works out to around 20,000 homes per year! 
  • An energy-efficient home is healthier to live in, more resilient, more climate-friendly, and reduces both money spent on energy, and energy used.  Home energy retrofits also create good, local, green jobs.  It’s a win-win for Ottawa. 

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