Home Retrofit Financing Study

Earlier this year, the City of Greater Sudbury received $170,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to do a study comparing home retrofit financing models.

As part of this study, we want to hear from you. Your input will help inform what kind of financing program could best support homeowners to do home energy retrofits.

What are retrofits?

Retrofitting your home can involve a wide range of both relatively simple and more extensive measures. Some examples include:

  • Switching to LED lighting
  • Installing a smart thermostat
  • Adding or replacing insulation
  • Sealing air gaps with caulking or spray foam
  • Installing low-flow showerheads or toilets
  • Replacing window glazing
  • Updating inefficient heating and cooling systems

By making your home more efficient, you can lower your heating and cooling bills, make your home more healthy and comfortable, and contribute to our community’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Where we’re at

On October 6, 2021, we held our first virtual public workshop to talk about the benefits of an energy efficient home and the City’s goals to improve housing efficiency, and work through the questions and experiences of those in attendance.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #1 here.

The second public workshop was held on November 3, to talk about local opportunities and concerns with home energy retrofit programs.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #2 here.

Our third and final virtual public workshop was held on Wednesday, December 1, to share concerns, setbacks, goals and achievements regarding home energy retrofits, and to discuss ideas from the previous two workshops.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #3 here.

There’s still time to get involved!

Use the space below to ask questions or share your thoughts about home retrofits. You may also participate in our online Home Retrofit Financing Survey, located under the "survey" tab.

Based on public and stakeholder feedback, we will develop program options (including a preferred option) and will present to Council for consideration in the first quarter of 2022.

Earlier this year, the City of Greater Sudbury received $170,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to do a study comparing home retrofit financing models.

As part of this study, we want to hear from you. Your input will help inform what kind of financing program could best support homeowners to do home energy retrofits.

What are retrofits?

Retrofitting your home can involve a wide range of both relatively simple and more extensive measures. Some examples include:

  • Switching to LED lighting
  • Installing a smart thermostat
  • Adding or replacing insulation
  • Sealing air gaps with caulking or spray foam
  • Installing low-flow showerheads or toilets
  • Replacing window glazing
  • Updating inefficient heating and cooling systems

By making your home more efficient, you can lower your heating and cooling bills, make your home more healthy and comfortable, and contribute to our community’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Where we’re at

On October 6, 2021, we held our first virtual public workshop to talk about the benefits of an energy efficient home and the City’s goals to improve housing efficiency, and work through the questions and experiences of those in attendance.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #1 here.

The second public workshop was held on November 3, to talk about local opportunities and concerns with home energy retrofit programs.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #2 here.

Our third and final virtual public workshop was held on Wednesday, December 1, to share concerns, setbacks, goals and achievements regarding home energy retrofits, and to discuss ideas from the previous two workshops.

See the presentation slides from Workshop #3 here.

There’s still time to get involved!

Use the space below to ask questions or share your thoughts about home retrofits. You may also participate in our online Home Retrofit Financing Survey, located under the "survey" tab.

Based on public and stakeholder feedback, we will develop program options (including a preferred option) and will present to Council for consideration in the first quarter of 2022.

Comments & Questions

What energy efficient upgrades have you already undertaken? Are there any major barriers preventing you from retrofitting your home? What type of financing options, rebates, incentives or information would be helpful to you? Share your ideas, experiences or questions here.

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PovertyStinks 5 months ago

Hi. I'm sorry I missed the session yesterday. I would like to see a program that can help private landlords who are providing affordable units to lower income tenants to make these units more efficient and comfortable for tenants. Currently, there is no program that assists if the landlord is including utilities in rent. There was a program from CMHC in the past called RRAP that helped landlords improve their units IF there rents were below average and the tenants had low income. The program gave 100% forgivable loans to do specific structural repairs IF the landlord continued to meet the criteria (keep rents low and serve low income tenants) . This helped improve the rental stock and kept units affordable for low income tenants. I would be happy to share if you need more info.

kbarber144 6 months ago
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