Conservation Programs

Get help managing electricity costs.

Residential

There are currently several different programs running to help Ottawa area residents lower their electricity costs and save on energy usage at home. 

The Home Assistance Program:  

“The Save on Energy Home Assistance Program offers free energy-efficiency upgrades for income-eligible homeowners and tenants, and eligible social housing providers, as well as an in-home energy assessment to help uncover more ways to save.”

To sign up or learn more about the program, call 1-855-591-0877, email [email protected] or fill out a contact form to receive a call back from the program service provider within two business days.

For additional information, please visit the Save on Energy website.

The Ontario Affordability Fund: 

The government of Ontario created this program to help Ontarians lower their electricity use and costs at home over the long term, easing the burden of electricity bills. Take a few minutes to enrol and find out what you qualify for, from FREE ENERGY STAR® light bulbs, a power bar and/or faucet aerators to ENERGY STAR® appliances and home energy plans and upgrades.

To sign up for this program, call 1-855-494-3863 or complete the online form.

For additional information, please visit the AffordAbility Fund website.

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Poolsaver:

Obtain a $400 instant rebate when you purchase and replace a constant-speed pool pump with a variable-speed pool pump.  Customer must purchase and have the pump installed by a participating vendor. 

For additional information and list of approved vendors, please visit the Poolsaver page.

Business

Current conservation programs being offered to our commercial customers are Small Business Lighting, Retrofit and the Home Assistance Program (for social housing providers).

The delivery of Ontario’s conservation and demand management programs is now centralized and administered provincially by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).   Customers may continue to apply for these programs directly with the IESO using the Save on Energy website.

All existing commercial applications which were previously submitted to Hydro Ottawa and pre-approved will continue to be processed by the Hydro Ottawa Conservation Team.

Note: Any existing projects must be completed and invoiced before Dec 31st, 2020 in order to remain eligible for incentives.

Our Role

As a community company, Hydro Ottawa has played an important role in promoting energy conservation. The IESO and local distribution companies across the province have achieved strong results. Working collaboratively, we have reduced consumption, engaged customers and avoided the need for additional investments in the electricity system.

IESO will continue to deliver a valuable and cost-effective system resource that will help customers better manage their energy costs through Save on Energy programs.

Time-of-use (TOU) gives you more control over your electricity bill, enabling you to save money during hours when electricity is more expensive. On-peak, mid-peak and off-peak periods reflect the cost of producing electricity at different times of the day based on demand.

More information about TOU price periods and schedules is available here.

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