More than 1,200 P.E.I. households have taken advantage of government-subsidized home energy audits this year.
Mike Proud, manager of the Office of Energy Efficiency, told CBC News Monday that the rising price of fuel created a lot of demand for the audits over the summer and into the fall.
“It’s mostly insulation work. We hoped that that would be the case because we know that that’s the best investment to make,” said Proud.
“We’ve seen a lot of people doing the basement insulation, the attic insulation, even some doing exterior wall insulation.”
Proud believes when the price of furnace oil began to fall in July some homeowners may have postponed their plans to install alternative heating systems like pellet stoves, and decided on less-expensive upgrades.
“The whole popularity of the wood stove/pellet stove type of thing, you know, while it’s still there, it certainly hasn’t overtaken us like it did last year,” he said.
Since the beginning of the fiscal year, April 1, to the end of November, the office has loaned $1.2 million from a budget of $2 million.