Climate Change Central

Climate Change Central

August 20, 2010 10:00 ET

Climate Change Central: Albertans Take Credit for Energy Efficiency Report Card Upgrade

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2010) - Home energy improvements made by Albertans helped boost the province's national energy efficiency rating. A record number of Albertans made green upgrades to their homes in 2009, helping the province jump from a D+ in 2007 to a B+ according to the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance's (CEEA) 2009 report card on energy efficiency.

Since the Government of Alberta announced a three-year, $36 million energy efficiency program in April, 2009 over $5 million in rebate cheques were issued to Albertans before year end. Consumers were able to combine incentives with the federal ecoENERGY Retrofit program and some municipal programs. 

 "We congratulate Albertans on making this huge improvement," says Simon Knight, President and CEO of Climate Change Central, the agency partnering with the Alberta government to provide incentives and education to consumers making energy efficiency upgrades.

In 2009, Climate Change Central provided rebates for 12,000 home evaluations, 11,500 high-efficiency clothes washers, 5,000 furnaces, 49 new high-efficiency homes, 285 domestic hot-water heaters, 200 water-saving dishwashers, and 213 low-flow toilets

"These improvements saved the environment from the equivalent of 37,000 vehicles on the road and cut enough water to fill 125 Olympic swimming pools," says Knight.

"It's great to see Alberta jump from a D+ to a B+, that's a huge improvement, and something Alberta must be congratulated for," said Ken Elsey, President and CEO of the CEEA. "We expect the leader in energy production to set the example for energy efficiency in the future."

Climate Change Central is an Alberta-based, non-profit organization that takes action on climate change through energy efficiency programs and small-scale renewable energy. We transform markets, improve energy efficiency, save money, and safeguard our environment.

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