One Brandon block is about to get a lot more energy efficient.
Manitoba Hydro is teaming up with the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation to target a small slice of a neighbourhood with significant energy upgrades.
Homes on Seventh Street between College Avenue and Van Horne Avenue will be eligible for the upgrades under a pilot project that could be worth thousands of dollars in each home — but they have to act fact, the pilot project is being coordinated with National Environment Week, which ends June 7.
Under the project, known as the Affordable Energy Program, customers of Manitoba Hydro will receive an average of $4,000 in free insulation upgrades. This includes installation. They'll also be eligible for a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace, at a cost of just $9.50 a month for five years. That comes to just $570, which Manitoba Hydro says is thousands of dollars less than it would normally cost.
Although everyone who lives on the block is eligible for the program, the street was chosen because it has a high incidence of lower-income customers.
Staff with the Affordable Energy Program and the BNRC will be canvassing the targeted neighbourhood to sign up homes on Thursday, June 5, from 3–6 p.m.