Option consommateurs is offering free, energy-efficiency consultations to lower-income households as part of the government’s Éconologis program.
The consultation is open to people who receive bills from Hydro-Quebec, Gaz-Métropolitan or a fuel-oil supplier that specify the cost allotted to heating a home. To qualify, income must be under $22,298 for a one-person household, $29,004 for a two-person household, $35,657 for three people, $43,292 for four people, $49,102 for five people, $55,378 for six people, and $61,656 for seven people or more.
An energy efficiency adviser will visit you and go over your heating bills. The person will give you advice and will recommend whether they should carry out some light work aimed at making your home more energy efficient, such as caulking windows, installing weatherstripping, installing water-saving devices or adjusting the temperature of your water-heater.
As well, some households with electric baseboard heaters might be eligible to receive electronic thermostats.
In order to promote the program, Option consommateurs has launched a contest. People who have received a home visit and promote the program among family and friends, could be eligible to win a gift voucher towards a refrigerator or grocery or pharmacy vouchers.The program continues until March, 2013.
Information about the program is available on the department of natural resources website.
To make an appointment or find out whether you are eligible, call (514) 798-0541, ext. 401 if you live in the Greater Montreal area. In other areas, call (866) 266-0008.