November 18, 2011

Hudak and Horwath on the wrong path

Despite the fact that Ontario has a $16 billion deficit, Opposition Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are asking Premier McGuinty to increase the deficit by $350 million by removing the HST from home heating bills.

While we recognize that some Ontarians are struggling to pay their heating bills, the opposition’s proposed solution is fiscally and environmentally irresponsible. Fortunately, there is a better solution: invest in energy conservation and efficiency.

By investing in energy efficiency we can create jobs in Ontario right now and permanently reduce our home heating bills while reducing the outflow of Ontario dollars to Alberta to purchase natural gas.

The main barrier to home energy retrofits is their high up-front capital cost. However, Ontario’s electric and natural gas utilities (e.g., Toronto Hydro, London Hydro, Hydro One, North Bay Hydro, Enbridge and Union Gas) can eliminate this barrier by:

  • Providing financial incentives and low interest, on-bill financing for home energy retrofits; and
  • Establishing rental programs for high-efficiency water heaters and furnaces, thermal storage units (for those with electric heating), and solar and geothermal heating systems.

Please email Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath (cc me) and ask them to advocate for energy solutions that will lower our energy bills, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while not increasing the provincial deficit.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff

P.S. For more info, see our report An Energy Efficiency Strategy for Ontario’s Homes, Buildings and Industries

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