Warm Your Home and Cool Your Bills
May 25, 2011
A new City of Edmonton rebate program will help homeowners reduce their energy bills and their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by improving their home’s insulation.
The Office of Environment’s Home Insulation Rebate program offers rebates of up to $250 for Edmontonians who upgrade the insulation in their homes. This rebate can be combined with a maximum $3,150 rebate provided by the Government of Alberta.
Improving a home’s insulation can help reduce heating bills by up to 30 per cent while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 500 kg per year. The Home Insulation Rebate program helps advance The Way We Green, the city’s environmental strategic plan, which has the goal to preserve and sustain Edmonton’s environment.
“We know that improving our home’s energy efficiency can have a significant impact in lowering our utility costs and reducing our GHG emissions,” said Councillor Don Iveson who launched the program on Wednesday. “We sometimes think our world’s environmental challenges are bigger than any of us, but the truth is that we can all make a difference and programs like this Home Insulation Rebate help us start taking the steps needed to reduce our environmental footprint.”
In order to take part in the program, Edmonton homeowners must first arrange a pre-evaluation of their home’s energy rating, conducted by a qualified energy advisor. A list of energy advisors can be found at www.edmonton.ca/co2re. If the pre-evaluation recommends improving insulation, the homeowner must also have a post-evaluation audit conducted after the installation is complete. The advisor will then arrange for the payment of rebates to the homeowner.
Rebate amounts are made on a sliding scale depending on the amount of insulation added and the R value achieved. The maximum amount available from both the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta is $3,400.
Climate Change Central is administering the program. The total amount budgeted for the City of Edmonton program is $200,000. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified homeowners and the program will end when all funds have been expended or December 31, 2011, whichever comes first.
Edmonton homeowners who previously participated in the now defunct Federal Eco-Energy Retrofit program, had insulation installed in their home but did not have their post-evaluation audit completed before April 1, 2011, are eligible to participate in the City’s rebate program.
Homeowners who had their post-evaluation audit conducted before April 1, 2011 are not eligible to take part in the program.
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