Efficiency Manitoba is a Crown corporation committed to achieving an energy-efficient Manitoba by providing support and services that help residents and businesses use less energy. They can help non-profit housing providers and their tenants save energy, money, and the environment.
Through Efficiency Manitoba’s Energy Efficiency Assistance Program, they work with non-profit housing organizations to help them upgrade their single-detached or semi-detached rental properties to use less energy. An energy advisor will come to the housing organization to assess energy-saving opportunities for each of the units. Non-profit housing providers could qualify for free insulation, a subsidized natural gas furnace, a boiler rebate, and free energy-saving devices such as LED light bulbs, energy-efficient showerheads, and faucet aerators.
To ensure accessibility to the program, Efficiency Manitoba doesn’t require each tenant or household to verify their income. This makes it easier to implement energy-saving upgrades throughout housing organizations rather than on a tenant-by-tenant basis. If the non-profit housing agreement requires tenants to income qualify, or if there’s a mandate stating that housing is intended for lower-income households, the income qualification process can be bypassed. Non-profit housing providers can do this by providing mandates, lease agreements, tenant handbooks, or proof that the tenant’s rent is below the Median Market Rents set by Manitoba Housing.
Efficiency Manitoba helped two Manitoba non-profit housing organizations increase the energy efficiency of their rental units, allowing them and their tenants to save energy and money.
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