Charlottetown, P.E.I.—Free heat pumps will be offered to qualified low-income residents living in Prince Edward Island. In an attempt to eliminate the need for fossil-burning heat sources in homes, the province is announcing the new initiative. To qualify, residents must have a total household income of $35,000 or less and a property valued at $300,000 or less. This initiative will begin on Dec. 1 and builds on the government’s plan to reach net-zero energy consumption by 2030 and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
“We are working to make it easier and more affordable for Islanders to invest in the energy efficiency of their homes and contribute to our province’s net-zero goals,” said Steven Myers, environment, energy and climate action minister. “With rising fuel costs and the continuing impact of carbon emissions, helping Islanders move away from fossil fuels is the right thing to do.”
Once qualified, residents won’t have to fill out applications to receive their rebates. Instead, the government will arrange the heat pump installation and will cover the costs. Islanders will also be able to book a meeting in advance with a customer service representative to go over all energy efficiency programs they are eligible for. If residents are unsure of their total income value, they can book an appointment with their local access PEI location.
“We know that low-income Islanders have a harder time making the switch to electric heat sources based on the upfront costs, but this new service model makes rebates and services easier and more accessible for all Islanders,” said Myers.
For non-qualified residents who wish to install a heat pump, rebate programs and grants can be found on the PEI’s government website.