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“Energy savings technologies keep improving faster than they’re applied, so efficiency is an ever larger and cheaper resource”
- Amory Lovins, American Physicist and Environmental Scientist (1947 - present)
Last month, at one of my weekly Toastmasters Club meetings, one of our members announced that the government was assisting Albertans in becoming more energy efficiency and have launched a series of programs to help with just that. She told us to check out www.efficiencyalberta.ca. So, I did.
Energy Efficient Alberta Mandate
The mandate of Energy Efficiency Alberta is:
1. To raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences.
2. To promote, design and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of micro-generation and small scale energy systems in Alberta.
3. To promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry.
Energy Efficiency Programs
Not only are they helping home owners and renters to become more aware of energy usage, but they are helping us to achieve this through a series of four programs. On their website, I could see that there is presently one program rolling out now (namely the Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program). I called the direct phone line to speak to someone and found out that these series of programs are funded by the carbon levy. The idea being that people will pay less carbon tax if they learn to make their homes more energy efficient. Very interesting concept.
This first program works in such a way as to have an employee from an energy efficiency company come to your home for a one-on-one consultation, focusing on the following list of items in your home:
• Replacing existing incandescent nightlights, lightbulbs and exit signs with LED products
• Replacing inefficient shower heads with high-efficiency shower heads
• Installing faucet aerators if no aerator is present
• Replacing a traditional power bar with an advanced power bar
• Replacing a non-programmable thermostat with a smart (self-adjusting) thermostat
There are three other programs rolling out this spring, namely:
2. Residential Retail Products Program - provides advice and upgrade information on the latest, most energy efficient appliances and products available to the home owner. This would also be good for landlords, home sellers, or those looking to buy new appliances for a new home.
3. Business, Non-profit, and Institution Energy Savings Program - helping businesses, non-profits and various institutions around the province to save on energy costs so that investment focus can be on something more important.
4. Residential and Commercial Solar Program - there is a rebate program - offering up to 30% on your costs - when the owner installs a solar photovoltaic system in the home or business.
For more information, or to register for the first program now, visit their website www.efficiencyalberta.ca or by calling 1 844 357 5604 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and have a great and efficient spring!
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