Climate Change Central

Climate Change Central

October 29, 2009 10:15 ET

Climate Change Central: Energy Efficient Albertans Reap Rewards

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) - Over the past six months, Alberta residents have received more than $2.5 million for making environmental upgrades to their homes under the province's energy efficiency rebate program.

Edmonton resident William Brooks wanted an inexpensive furnace and thought mid-efficiency would be the most economical. The rebate program motivated him to switch to high-efficiency instead. "With provincial rebates on top of federal grants and an in-store discount, my high efficiency furnace became more affordable than the less-efficient option," he says.

Rolled out in April 2009 by the provincial government, the program provides consumer rebates for:

  • Energy evaluations for homeowners to assess the current energy efficiency of their home and to measure its efficiency after improvements are made;
  • Efficient home heating systems, hot water heating systems, clothes washers and insulation upgrades; and
  • New homes achieving a high level of energy efficiency.

To date, nearly 14,000 cheques have been sent to Albertans through the provincial energy efficiency rebate program, helping to avoid approximately 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of the upgrades. More than 6,000 participants have taken advantage of the home evaluation rebate to learn about the efficiency of their homes. ENERGY STAR® rated clothes washers are the next most popular rebate, with nearly 4,000 issued; followed by furnaces and boilers which account for 1,400 rebates ranging in value from $400 to $600. Twenty-two high efficiency new homes have been built, including eight which qualified for a rebate of $10,000, the highest available.

"The tremendous response to the energy efficiency rebate program in just six months speaks to the commitment of Albertans to reduce their environmental footprints," said Rob Renner, Minister of Environment. "Consumers have the power to make a positive environmental impact through their day-to-day energy decisions. Clearly, the people of our province want to do their share."

Delivering on commitments laid out in its 2008 Climate Change Strategy, the Government of Alberta invested $36 million over three years to help Albertans reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Many of the rebates are tied to the federal ecoENERGY Retrofit Program, enabling consumers to recoup costs from both programs.

"It's great to see so many Albertans taking advantage of energy efficient options for their homes. Using less energy and using energy more efficiently, protects the environment and saves money," says John Rilett, Vice President of Climate Change Central, a non-profit organization administering the program for the government.

Rebates are available on purchases retroactive to January 1, 2009. To apply for a rebate visit or phone 1-888-537-7202.

For interviews with Calgary/Edmonton rebate participants and a Climate Change Central representative, please contact Helen Corbett.

For interviews with a Ministry of Environment representative, please contact Trevor Gemmell.

Contact Information

  • Climate Change Central
    Helen Corbett
    Director, Communications & Outreach
    (403) 517-2717
    Communications, Alberta Environment
    Trevor Gemmell
    (780) 427-6267 or Toll-Free within Alberta: 310-0000