Energy Efficiency Programs/Financial Incentives – Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador
The first post of this series had looked at energy-efficiency programs and financial incentives for residential customers in Ontario. We will continue the series with energy saving incentives for Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Alberta: SunRidge BuiltGreen Homeowner Rebate, Lethbridge
SunRidge Built GreenTM is a voluntary program that promotes sustainability by using building practices that reduce impact of the building on the environment. As Canada’s first entirely green community, the programs benefits the home-buyer and the environment.
The City of Lethbridge encourages this initiative by offering residents a financial incentive to upgrade the green factor of their new homes. The financial incentive is decided based on the level of achievement as dictated by Built Green Alberta. Points are awarded based on the EnerGuide rating that incorporates energy efficiency, energy consumption, construction material, heating system, insulation, etc. of a home into its calculation.
Gold is the maximum achievement level, while Silver represents the intermediate level, and Bronze is the minimum target level. Under the program, homes that meet the Gold standard are issued a rebate of $3,500 and those that reach the Silver level are given a rebate of $2,500.
Alberta: HAT Smart, Medicine Hat
The HAT Smart initiative targets utility customers to assist them in learning about how they can protect the environment and get the best bang for their buck. There are various programs available covering home appliances, renewable energy installations, recycling, and attic insulation that save on energy, water, and also reduce waste.
As part of this program, residents can attend a 2-hour energy conservation seminar held on the first Wednesday of each month at the City Hall Council Chambers in Medicine Hat and receive a $200 discount coupon toward a VerdaTech energy audit. An audit is a prerequisite for applying to the ecoEnergy Retrofit Grant.
Alberta: Residential Rebates and Incentives – Water Use Reduction, Town of Banff
The Town of Banff has initiated various ways to help minimize water usage and, in turn, the amount of waste water treated at the local facility. Some of the incentives available to residents include post-purchase rebates of $100 for a dual-flush toilet, $25 for rain barrels, and $100 for shifting to a high-efficiency (ENERGY STAR®) dishwasher. It should be noted that all rebates are approved only after providing proof for proper disposal of existing used appliances.
Newfoundland and Labrador: takeCHARGE Programs
ENERGY STAR® Window Rebate Program
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power together offer the takeCHARGE ENERGY STAR® Window Rebate Program. The homeowner of a detached, semi-detached or mobile home on a permanent foundation with an active electricity account can apply under this program. After completing an ENERGY STAR® Window Rebate application form, the homeowner can install the ENERGY STAR® Windows, submit the completed application, and get the rebate of $2 cash back per square foot of ENERGY STAR® windows installed.
Insulation Rebate Program
Insulating the basement and attic can reduce energy costs. This program has different eligibility criteria and meeting them can offer 40 cents per square foot of basement insulation and 20 cents per square foot of attic insulation. Evidently, it is important to use the eligible insulation type such as R20 to take advantage of this program.
Thermostat Rebate Program
Buying and installing an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat offers a $10 rebate, while an electronic thermostat gives a $5 rebate. Either thermostat needs to have a temperature rating of +/- 0.5 ºC to be eligible. The steps to apply for the rebate coupon can be found on this page.
For a full list of programs currently available, please visit this page and customize your search.
Have you taken advantage of such energy efficiency programs? Was getting the rebate a smooth exercise?
About the Author: Clark works in Saskatchewan and has been working to build his (DIY) investment portfolio, structured for an early retirement. He loves reading (and using the lessons learned) about personal finance, technology and minimalism. You can read his other articles here.