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Interest-Free Loans Now Available for Air-Source Heat Pumps in Burlington

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Sept. 11, 2023 — Burlington homeowners can now apply for an interest-free loan of up to $10,000 for the purchase and installation of an air-source heat pump. Application is done through the City’s Better Homes Burlington Pilot program. To apply online, visit Burlington.ca/betterhomes

Homes that are more energy efficient use less energy, save the homeowner money and produce less greenhouse gases.

As this is a pilot program, there is a maximum of 20 loans available. The application process will be open until January (unless the maximum number of loan approvals have been reached).

City staff are also available to act as a support for homeowners to assist in finding rebates and grants from businesses and different levels of government for the purpose of improving home energy efficiencies.

To connect with City staff or learn more about funding, visit burlington.ca/betterhomes or email betterhomes@burlington.ca

““Air-source heat pumps act as a two-in-one and replaces a standard air conditioner and furnace. It heats your home in the winter and cools it in the summer. They are more efficient at cooling and use electricity for heating, so it reduces a home’s greenhouse gas emissions.” — Lynn Robichaud, Manager of Environmental Sustainability, City of Burlington

What is an air-source heat pump?

Acting as a high-efficiency air conditioner in the summer, and a heater in the winter, an air-source heat pump uses a refrigerant that responds to temperature. In summer, a heat pump will move heat out of your home and release it outdoors. In fall and winter, it brings heat into your home from outside, even when it’s cold outside.

Air-source heat pumps are more energy efficient than air conditioners.

Background

The City of Burlington worked with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop Better Homes Burlington. Funding to support a feasibility study was approved by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through its Community Efficiency Initiative program.

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