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The NDP is looking to revive the ecoENERGY Retrofit. The homes program provides grants up to $5,000 to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient. "Let's hear firsthand about the positive impact this program was having and consider making the home retrofit program permanent," New Democrat Natural Resources critic Claude Gravelle said in a statement as he filed his motion to be considered at the Natural Resources Committee. The statement says a quarter of a million Canadians used the program, with the government's numbers showing that households that participated saved, on average, $700 a year per $2,000 spent on utilities. They also reduced energy consumption by over 20% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by three tonnes per house.

The government says the program has reached its goal of 250,000 registered homeowners and is not accepting new registrations.

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