Some Mississauga Households Eligible for Free Smart Thermostat

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Do you want a very fancy smart thermostat in your home?

If the answer is yes, you'll probably be happy to hear that you could be eligible to receive one free of charge.

The Ontario government recently announced that it has launched the new Green Ontario Fund, a not-for-profit provincial agency that will deliver programs and rebates to help reduce energy costs in homes and businesses. The agency is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement and encouraged people to visit GreenON.ca to find tips on how to save money. The biggest news, however, is the launch of the new GreenON Installations program, which opened early registration yesterday. Residents who click here might find that they're eligible to register to have a Green Ontario Fund-trained technician visit and install a smart thermostat at no cost.

The technician will also provide advice and tips as well as personalized suggestions for additional energy-saving upgrades. The province also says that more GreenON programs for residents, businesses and industry will be announced in the coming months.

According to the province, owners and renters of detached, semi-detached, town and row homes can register for the GreenON Installations program through the Green Ontario Fund website. Renters must have their landlords' permission to register.

Other Climate Change Action Plan measures funded by carbon market proceeds include new electric vehicle incentives, charging stations and infrastructure, energy retrofits for homes, multi-residential buildings, social housing, targeted greenhouse gas emission reduction programs for large industries, small and medium-sized businesses and support for Indigenous communities to fight climate change.

"Taking strong action on climate change means making it as easy as possible for people and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home and work, while also saving money," says Ballard. "That's why our government created the Green Ontario Fund, which will give homeowners and small and medium-sized businesses improved access to low-carbon technologies and services."

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