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12 September 2011

Éconologis, a free service for low-income households

The Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) has announced the return of its seasonal Éconologis program. The program, available from September to March, allows low-income families – tenants and homeowners alike – to obtain free, personalized advice on energy efficiency issues and the installation of energy efficiency products.

Econologis has been available since 1999, and has allowed more than 87,700 Québec families to receive free visits from energy efficiency advisors. This year, an estimated 14,400 households are expected to use the program.

Under the program, eligible families are visited by an advisor and a technician, and are given practical advice on heating, hot water, household appliances and lighting. In addition, they are able to obtain assistance with issues such as window caulking, door sills and weatherstripping, insulation for electrical outlets located on outside walls, water-saving shower heads, water heater temperature adjustments, faucet aerators and compact fluorescent light bulbs. The technician identifies the household’s priority needs during the visit.

Once these basic tasks have been completed, some households, on certain conditions, may also qualify for free installation of electronic thermostats, which help to improve comfort levels in the home during the winter months.

Éconologis is an excellent choice, since it offers a number of benefits including improved comfort and fewer unpleasant draughts.

To deliver the program, the MRNF works with eleven non-profit and community organizations situated in the regions. The organizations provide a presence in the field to help satisfy the demand for the program.

For further details about the program, and to obtain contact information for the delivery organization in your region, please call 1-866-266-0008 or visit the Éconologis website, which also offers practical tips to help you make the most of your energy consumption and improve the level of comfort in your home.

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