The Town of Bridgewater envisions a future for our community where energy poverty reduction strategies work in tandem with clean and efficient energy systems to confront energy poverty at its core.
In 2019, Bridgewater’s Energy Poverty Reduction Program was declared the winner of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge in the $5 million prize category, beating out 49 other communities from across Canada. As the Energize Bridgewater team works towards the program’s goal of reducing the energy poverty rate in our community by 20% by 2026, you can follow our progress, and learn about how you can benefit from the program, by visiting energizebridgewater.ca. For more about the history of Energize Bridgewater and other sustainability initiatives of the Town of Bridgewater, you can browse our document library below.
Smart Cities Challenge Library
The Town of Bridgewater's Energize Bridgewater project is working to help tenants, landlords, developers and homeowners in Bridgewater take charge of their monthly energy bills. We have complied resources to help you save money and reduce energy consumption. Learn more on the Energize Bridgewater website: https://www.energizebridgewater.ca/resources.
For further reading on energy poverty and affordable housing in Bridgewater and Nova Scotia, visit the links below:
South Shore Housing Action Coalition: Housing Needs Assessment
Solving Nova Scotia's Electricity Pricing Problem: Energy Affordability vs Rising Electricity Prices
For more about energy poverty across Canada, visit energypoverty.ca
Energize Bridgewater Advisory Committee (EBAC)
The Energize Bridgewater Advisory Committee (EBAC) is a committee of Bridgewater town council made up of residents and representatvies of relevant sectors. The committee meets every two months. For more information and to get involved, visit the EBAC web page here.
What is Energy Poverty?