Eligible Ontario homeowners to get free smart thermostat

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TORONTO — Eligible Ontario households will be able to get smart thermostats for free on a first-come, first-serve basis under a new government program.

Environment Minister Chris Ballard announced Wednesday that $377 million in proceeds from Ontario’s cap-and-trade auctions this year will be used to establish a Green Ontario Fund. That not-for-profit provincial agency will oversee programs and rebates for homes and businesses to reduce energy costs.

Part of that will...

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