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Originally published by: Colleen Underwood · CBC News · Posted: Oct 04, 2023 3:56 PM MDT | Last Updated: October 4, 2023

“Vito Rama says she's grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Home Upgrades Program, otherwise she couldn't afford to retrofit her home and reduce her energy costs.”

Originally from Albania, Calgarian Vito Rama says she can't believe the generosity of others in Canada.

The retiree, who raised five children on her own, recently applied for and was selected to receive a new furnace, insulation and weather stripping to make her home more energy efficient — thereby reducing her energy bills and making her more comfortable in winter.

"The furnace was too old, my bill was really high, but I would never have been able to do these major renovations," Rama said from her living room in Calgary's southeast community of Dover. "I'm very, very happy. I still can't believe that this is being done for me," she added.

Rama is one of 49 people who have so far benefited from the Home Upgrades Program.

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