The AffordAbility Fund

The Affordability Fund

After July 31, 2020, the AffordAbility Fund is no longer accepting applications and we thank you for your interest in our program. If you require information on energy assistance programs that may be available to you, please contact your local electric utility.

PUC is committed to assisting customers with conservation efforts and supporting those who are struggling to pay their electricity bills.

If you do not qualify for the AffordAbility Fund, below is a list of other Ontario support programs to help ease your electricity burden:

1. Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

2. The Save on Energy Home Assistance Program (HAP)

3. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

4. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

5. COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB)

 

PUC's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 

Our Conservation Demand Management (CDM) and Communication Teams have worked together to put together a list of frequently asked questions, specific to the AffordAbility Fund Program and your local utility, PUC. We hope this helps in answering some of the more pressing questions regarding customer applications.

Am I still on the list to receive my AffordAbility Fund energy star upgrades?

Yes, every customer who qualifies for Levels 1 through 3 will receive their energy saving upgrades.

Why haven’t I received my appliances yet?

There is currently a provincial-wide inventory shortage on appliances that is also affecting the PUC AFT program deliveries.

For more information visit: www.cbc.ca/news/business/appliances-shortage-covid

Why did a customer who applied after me receive their appliances first?

We try our best to keep everyone’s applications in order, but we cannot guarantee it. During this provincial-wide inventory shortage, it is dependent on what items are available from our supplier. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been difficult to obtain full shipments and orders. We continue to monitor this situation and understand customers frustration.

Are my appliances still being ordered by PUC?

We continue to order appliances although they are not being given a date of when the appliances will arrive.

How long will I have to wait to get what I’ve qualified for?

Level 1 – 6-8 weeks after your trusted phone call with AFT. At this point, if you qualified for level 1, you should have received your energy savings kit in the mail.

Level 2 – There will be a delay in receiving your appliances as we are unable to receive full order from the supplier at this time. Unfortunately, we cannot give an exact timeframe for deliveries.

Level 3 – If you’ve qualified for level 3, there is no extra delay in receiving your heat pump or insulation. When you received your upgrades will depend on where you are on the list.

Why didn’t I qualify for the same as my neighbour/friend?

Each person has a unique situation and is kept confidential. We gather the information sent to us from AFT and cross-reference and validate the electricity portion of the household bills. This is how we know what each household will qualify for, based on the income to electricity consumption ratio. Each household will be different. The system calculates the process for each household the same way.

What do I do if I have problems/issues with the appliances I’ve received?

Contact the manufacturer of the appliance you have received, as it will comes with warranty. The number is on the back of the user manual that was given to you on the day of installation. We have a few different home appliance providers including GE, Frigidaire and Moffat. For thermostats, the companies used by AFT are either from Ecobee or STELPRO. Once you’ve contacted the manufacturer, they will direct you accordingly – as the base warranty is different for each appliance.

How many customers are currently expecting appliances?

There are over 1000 customers who are waiting to receive appliances.

What is PUC doing to help solve this delay?

We will continue to work with our suppliers towards ordering appliances and will make sure each customer receives what they have qualified for. There is currently a booming demand and supply chain issue during COVID-19 that has created an appliance shortage. The surge in demand has led to significant backorders for many energy star appliances.

We know these are unprecedented times and appreciate your patience and understanding. We will continue to provide updates to our customers, as necessary.

AffordAbility Fund Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I applied for the AffordAbility Fund on July 31, 2020, am I guarunteed assistance? 

If you called to apply before 8 PM or posted your application by 11:59 PM on July 31st, then your application will be processed, and you will receive a call from one of our advisors to determine which free energy saving measures you may qualify for.

Will I need to provide any personal information? 

To qualify for Level 2 and 3 help, we will ask you to provide some basic information such as your total household income (for all members 18 years and older, after tax), your average electricity bill, and any late payment or disconnection fees you have paid. Your personal information will be kept strictly private.

The collection, use and disclosure of your personal information is kept strictly confidential and is only shared with your consent back to your electricity company. We are committed to data security and have processes in place to safeguard your privacy and the information collected.

Do I have to pay for upgraded installation?

No. If you qualify, all upgrades, including installation, are offered free of charge.

I have qualified for support. When can I expect to receive my free upgrades? 

We thank you for your application to the AffordAbility Fund. Once you have had your Trusted Conversation with the AffordAbility Fund, your information is sent for account validation and then delivery. Depending on the level of measures for which you may be eligible, the timing will vary. We would expect that under normal circumstances, kits should be received within about 8 weeks, although it may take longer for more remote areas of Ontario. The scheduling of an in-home assessment may also take more time, depending on where you live in the province, due to resource availability.

How long does installation take? 

The installation time varies based on the level of upgrades, your location and your local utility company. While most upgrades can be installed in a few days, some may take longer. Your utility will work with you to schedule a convenient time for any upgrades.

Will I lose the opportunity to participate if I delay my home inspection or delivery of energy-saving upgrades? 

No. For those who apply and qualify, the AffordAbility Fund is here to help. For those who qualify for additional measures that include home inspections, please expect a delay in service.

Why is this program being offered? 

This program helps Ontarians lower their electricity use and costs at home over the long term, easing the burden of electricity bills.

Who is offering this program? 

The Government of Ontario established a $100 million AffordAbility Fund to assist electricity customers who do not qualify for low-income conservation programs. The AffordAbility Fund is funded by an independent trust set up by the Government of Ontario and offered to you by your local electric utility.

 

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