Alberta is beginning to roll out a five-year, $645-million home energy efficiency program that will direct carbon tax revenues to cost-saving measures like LED light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, and smart thermostats.
The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program will be fully operational by April, and it currently sets no limits on the efficiency measures individual homeowners or renters can adopt, CBC reports.
“These are services that are available in other jurisdictions that have energy efficiency programs, and Alberta is really just catching up,” Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said this week. “This is about making sure Albertans can save money on their electricity and natural gas bills.”
“We have within the energy efficiency budget the funds available for this first round of programs,” Phillips said. “In the longer term, there will be other programs as were recommended to us by our energy efficiency panel.” Rebates priced at 75¢ per watt will begin flowing in mid- to late April