Radon is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless radioactive gas that can be found in every home. Exposure to high levels means an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Thus, it’s vital for Canadians to be aware of hazards in their home and to have access to information that will allow them to protect the health of themselves and their loved ones. To increase awareness, Scout Environmental developed the Radon Education Program to educate Canadian homeowners on the risks of long-term exposure to high levels of radon, encourage them to take action by testing their home, and remediating if levels are above the Health Canada recommended guidelines.
To accomplish this, the Program has been incorporated in two utility-based energy efficiency programs: one focused on the low-income channel and the other on the general customer channel. As part of the energy efficiency program, energy advisors visit customer homes to conduct assessments and provide information about radon through in-person conversations. The low-income channel incorporates a testing component to build a case for incentivizing social benefits as part of existing low-income energy efficiency programs and to increase the potential for this program to have meaningful health outcomes for Canadians.