Hey fellow Manitobans, this special blog post is for you.
Are you a Manitoba homeowner wanting to implement energy-efficient measures to your home?
Are you a low-income individual or family needing some rent assistance or free energy-efficient upgrades?
Or are you a small, independent business that aims to reduce energy and water consumption to save money and energy?
If you live in Manitoba province and you said yes to at least one of the questions above, then you can save a lot of money by doing one or more of the following:
1. Sign up for a matched savings program
Did you know that SEED Winnipeg offers a special matched savings accounts program to match participants’ savings 3:1 up to a specified limit?
For every $1.00 you save, SEED will match it with $3.00.
SEED’s The Saving Circle Program helps low-income individuals and families to save for needed assets including furniture, medical expenses, a computer, education, a small business, or other household necessities.
If you want to learn more about this program, call SEED at 204-927-9947. Limited spots are available each month.
2. Apply for rent supplements
Manitobans receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) will receive Rent Assist if they have housing costs. Rent Assist will be included with monthly EIA payments.
If you are a low-income individual and you need some help with your monthly rent, Rent Assist can help you too.
To apply for non-EIA Rent Assist, you can download an application form, or call Provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free; or TTY 204-948-3698 to have an application form mailed to you.
For more information about this program, click here.
3. Check out rebate program for 55+
Rebates are currently available for income-tested tenants over the age of 55 to offset the school tax portion of rent costs.
If you are at least 55 years of age and have a household income of less than $23,800, then you are eligible for annual rebates of up to $175, payable once a year.
To find out if you qualify, call 204-523-5230 or 1-800-563-8793.
4. Cash in on cans and bottles
Recycling is not just good for the environment, but your local bottle depot can help you make some extra money.
As per Regulation 68(1) of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Board Regulation 68/2014 to The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act, a retail beer vendor must accept empty beer bottles or beer cans from products purchased in Manitoba on which a refundable deposit has been paid.
All beer containers carry a 10¢ refundable deposit with the exception of containers 2L or larger which are 20¢.
To find a Hotel Beer Vendor near you, visit our Manitoba Liquor Retailers page for location and contact information.
5. Retire your fridge and get $50
What if you can get rid of your old fridge and make money?
Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Refrigerator Retirement Program will pick up your second refrigerator or your freezer for free, recycle them responsibly, and give you $50 for each one they collect.
Find out if your fridge or freezer qualifies and register for your free pick up today or call 1-855-5FRIDGE (1-855-537-4343) to schedule an appointment.
6. Receive free energy-saving items
The Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Program also offers free Water and Energy Saver Kits that will help you save money, water and energy, while reducing your carbon footprint.
The kit can save you approximately $30 a year on your residential energy bill.
Each kit contains:
- 1 to 2 low-flow 5.7 litres per minute showerheads (choice of handheld massage or wall mount massage);
- 2 low-flow bathroom faucet aerators;
- 1 low-flow kitchen faucet aerator;
- 3 metres of water heater pipe wrap insulation;
- plumber’s tape;
- refrigerator/freezer thermometer.
Apply for a kit today by calling 1-877-ECO-FITT (326-3488). For more information, click here.
7. Avail of free home upgrades
The Power Smart Affordable Energy Program offers qualified low-income homeowners the opportunity to make some energy-efficient upgrades such as free insulation for attics, walls, basements and crawlspaces.
You may also qualify for a high efficiency natural gas furnace for $9.50 per month for 5 years. A home renter may also qualify but the furnace cost of $9.50 per month for 5 years will be the responsibility of the landlord.
Note: This offer is subject to change at any time.
For more information about the program, call Power Smart at 1-855-360-3643.
Click here https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/savings_home.shtml to learn more about other savings & rebates program provided by Manitoba Hydro.
8. Replace old toilet and get $60 credit
Replace an old inefficient toilet and receive a credit from the City of Winnipeg.
If you are eligible, you will receive a credit of $60 per toilet. You may apply for a credit for up to two toilets per water account per year.
To learn more about this program, simply call 311 or contact City of Winnipeg’s Water Conservation – Toilet Replacement Credit Program.
Other programs and rebates for homeowners, businesses
There are at least 28 existing home and energy efficiency programs being offered in Manitoba.
To learn more about these government financial incentive programs, please click here.
Do you know of any other money-saving programs being offered in your community? If you do, kindly share it with us through the comments section below.
Have a lovely day!