Tags: Investing in Alberta’s Future , Protecting the Environment , Supporting Families

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Energy efficiency programs will save Albertans money

Power meter with money on it.

By Eric Rosendahl, MLA for West Yellowhead.

It’s been one month since the carbon levy came into effect in this province. Over a million Albertans have received their carbon rebate-including thousands in West Yellowhead. The rebate is meant to off-set the immediate costs of the levy, and two-thirds of Albertans will have received at least a partial rebate, the majority getting a full rebate.

In addition to the rebate, Albertans are now able to access a whole host of new energy efficiency programs. I highly encourage families, businesses and communities in West Yellowhead to take advantage of these programs as they can help you save money by reducing emissions and energy consumption.

For families, the Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program offers free access to and installation of energy efficiency products such as LED lightbulbs and low-flow shower heads, whether you own your home or rent.

For years, Alberta was the only province in Canada without a long-term energy efficiency vision. We now have one that is robust and will improve the lives of Albertans and create jobs in construction and energy services.

The Residential Retail Products Program offers rebates at retail outlets around the province. The initial focus is on lighting, insulation and appliances. Consumer electronics, water-heating products, and other options will be offered at a later date.

For business owners, charities and non-profits, the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives through mail-in rebates for the purchase and installation of electric and gas-based products such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, and hot water systems.

Non-profits in West Yellowhead are also able to take advantage of government funding through the Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program in order to undertake an energy audit of their offices to determine where improvements in energy efficiency can be made. Once the audit is complete, organizations can access the incentives offered through the Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program.

For years, Alberta was the only province in Canada without a long-term energy efficiency vision. We now have one that is robust and will improve the lives of Albertans and create jobs in construction and energy services.

For more information on the energy efficiency programs, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/energy-efficiency-alberta.aspx or contact my constituency office at West. Yellowhead@assembly.ab.ca or call 780.865.9796.

I hope all West Yellowhead residents, businesses and communities will access these programs as they offer affordable, even free, options to reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately save you money.

First published in the Hinton Parklander, February 13, 2017.