Government inviting Albertans to register for no-charge energy efficiency program

Homeowner Rihanna McPhee checks the pressure of her new shower head that is included in the new energy efficiency program. – GOA photo

by Morinville News Staff

Albertans who register for the province’s Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program online at efficiencyalberta.ca – will be contacted starting in April for appointments for in-home installations of practical, no-charge efficiency products, the government announced Tuesday.

The government believes the program will “make life more affordable for Alberta families by helping them conserve energy through the latest innovations.”

Alberta residents are eligible to participate regardless of their income or housing type. The government says installations will be conducted by qualified agents who schedule home visits and who will remove old products and replace them with more energy-efficient products.

Products identified by the government include LED products to replace existing incandescent nightlights, lightbulbs and exit signs, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators if no aerator is present, advanced power bars, smart (self-adjusting) thermostats to replace non-programmable thermostats.

Ecofitt is a third-party service provider hired to manage the delivery of the Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program. The company is hiring a number of individuals in a variety of positions to deliver the program. Interested applicants can find out more about the jobs by clicking on the careers tab at ecofitt.ca.

The government launched the Residential and Commercial Solar Program Feb. 27, a program of rebates to help Albertans tap solar resources.

As with other energy programs rolled out by the NDP government, funding is coming from the carbon levy.

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  1. No charge? Pft… where does the money come from? Taxpayers, and governments conveniently forget who they work for. Products identified by the government include LED products to replace existing incandescent nightlights, lightbulbs and exit signs, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators if no aerator is present, advanced power bars, smart (self-adjusting) thermostats to replace non-programmable thermostats. All payed for by the gouging called a Carbon Tax

  2. The words government & “no charge” cannot be uttered without us knowing we have already paid dearly for this “no charge”, will pay dearly for it, or are going to pay dearly for it. No charge does not exist except in the land where unicorns live. In my world, parents struggle to pay school fees & provide proper nutrition, people wait for months & months for proper medical care, seniors & special needs individual are living below the poverty line, fathers are accessing food banks because they have not had employment in a very long time….the list goes on & on so light bulbs & programable thermostats are not priority one……real life living day to day by real people is….how about some “no charge” health care, “no charge” prescriptions, “no charge” energy fees, “no charge” carbon taxes…then I will get excited about another “no charge” program!

  3. I’m a struggling single mom with 2 kids. I own my home and work a full time job with long hours, but I can’t afford to upgrade to energy efficient products. For me, I don’t care that my carbon tax is paying for it, never mind the time to research and install these things. My home is over 40 years old and my gas bill has always been high. I will gladly take any help I can. And this program will help.

  4. I’m a struggling single mom with 2 kids. I own my home and work a full time job with long hours, but I can’t afford to upgrade to energy efficient products. For me, I don’t care that my carbon tax is paying for it, never mind the time to research and install these things. My home is over 40 years old and my gas bill has always been high. I will gladly take any help I can. And this program will help

  5. It’s great to see the government making strides to increase energy-efficiency in Alberta homes. The rebate combined with energy and repair savings make it a viable decision for many home-owners.

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