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Energy Efficiency Programs/Financial Incentives – Saskatchewan and Manitoba

This is the final post of the series on energy-efficiency programs and financial incentives. We will conclude the series by looking at offers for  Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents.

Saskatchewan: SaskEnergy Programs

Energy Efficient Rebate for New Homes

This program is offered by SaskEnergy on behalf of the Ministry of Environment to SK residents who buy or build an energy efficient home.  This is defined as ENERGY STAR® qualified, R-2000 certified or has an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above.

Rebates include $1000 for the purchase of a home that is ENERGY STAR® qualified, R-2000 certified or has an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above, $3500 for the installation of a CAN/CSA-C448 compliant Geothermal System, and $1000 for the purchase and installation of a solar domestic hot water system certified to the CAN/CSA F379 standard and provides a minimum energy contribution of 6 GJ/yr. There are also a couple of smaller rebates discussed at the link given above. The application form must be submitted within 12 months of the possession date.

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) Program

Grants are available for home improvements that lower energy costs and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. A licensed SEGH service organization must assess and complete a pre-retrofit evaluation for the application to be eligible. This program is time-bound (e.g. the last day for having an evaluation completed is June 30, 2013); please refer to the link above for full details. The maximum grant available under this program is $5000.

The ENERGY STAR® Loan Program

This program provides a loan of up to $15000 at prime plus 2% to buy energy-efficient appliances. Appliances that qualify include ENERGY STAR® furnaces, air conditioners, etc. In addition, the Government of Saskatchewan also provides PST exemption on energy-efficient home appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, heat pumps, furnaces, etc.

Saskatchewan: SaskPower Program

Refrigerator Recycling Program

SaskPower offers to pick up and recycle old refrigerators (limit of four) for SK residents for free and also gives $35 for each recycled appliance. Pickups can be scheduled by calling 1-877-SKRECYCLE (1-877-757-3292) between 8 AM and 8 PM, Monday – Friday or 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Qualification criteria and energy savings details can be found at this link.

Manitoba: Manitoba Hydro Programs

Lower Income Energy Efficiency Program

This program is available to lower income homeowners, the qualification criteria for which can be found here. The qualifying homeowners can receive a free in-home energy efficiency review and basic energy saving items such as compact fluorescent lights and low-flow shower heads, free qualifying insulation upgrades, and a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace ($19/month for a fixed term).

Power Smart Pay-As-You-Save (PAYS) Financing Program

In order to assist customers in saving energy and reducing costs, this program offers financing to cover upgrades to space heating equipment, water heating equipment, and insulation. The loan is transferable from one homeowner to the next or from property manager to tenant.

Residential Propane and Oil Furnace/Boiler Replacement Program

By replacing a propane or oil furnace/boiler with a high-efficiency natural gas or electric furnace/boiler, Manitoba Hydro customers can receive a $245 rebate.

For a full list of programs currently available, please visit this page and customize your search. Other provinces not featured as part of this series can also be searched at the link above.

Are you aware of other lesser-known programs in Manitoba? If you have applied for a rebate, do you have any tips for fellow readers?

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.

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