Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective fuel source, according to the 2017-2018 Annual Report from Energy Efficiency Alberta. The figures, audited independently, support this assessment. Over 13 million energy-efficient products have been installed in Alberta homes and businesses through Energy Efficiency Alberta programs, and they are expected to return $330 million in energy savings over their collective lifespans. The return on the investment in energy-saving products is reported as $3 for every $1 invested.
Albertans have embraced the programs, taking advantage of Instant Rebates, contractor assisted Home Improvement Rebates and Online Rebates. The wide variety of products eligible for rebates included LED lighting, programmable thermostats, better insulation and Energy Star windows to name a few. Anyone browsing the Energy Efficiency Alberta website has been introduced to lesser known items like faucet aerators and drain water heat recovery systems. The installation of all these energy saving devices means that 3.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided over the useful life of the products.
Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program has assisted in the completion of more than 500 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects during the report’s fiscal year (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018). This translates into new solar PV capacity of 4.8 megawatts and has resulted in increased job opportunities in the solar industry.
The far-reaching program includes education for students and educators, technical training for industry professionals, and community projects to make homes and buildings more sustainable. In the future, look for plans for financing to help fund larger improvement projects.
The offerings from Alberta Energy Efficiency change from time to time. Stay up to date with current energy saving incentives, and see the Annual Report by visiting the website: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/