If you're like most Canadian homeowners, you've worried about rising energy costs over the last few years, are concerned about paying high utility bills now, and are wondering how all of these expenses will impact your budget. Keeping your home comfortable in every season can be challenging especially if you've got drafty windows or insufficient insulation. During the winter months, you may have been tempted to turn up the thermostat to take the chill off but instead put on another sweater to save a few dollars. Don't forget about those dog days of summer that are just around the corner. Are you going to crank up the air conditioning as a reprieve from the heat or open the windows hoping for a natural breeze to give you a few cool hours of comfortable sleep? Alberta Residents, help is on the way. In an effort to encourage Alberta homeowners to increase efficiency and conservation efforts, a new government agency, Energy Efficiency Alberta, has recently launched new "Alberta energy efficiency rebates." On April 28th, the agency's updated website announced details related to valuable home improvement rebates that are now available. Incentives are being offered for projects such as installing energy-efficient insulation, replacement windows and tankless hot water heaters. In addition, savings opportunities are available for upgrades to new energy-efficient appliances, fixtures and components. Take a look at some of the money-saving offers you may qualify for:
Home Improvement Rebates:In order to qualify for home improvement rebates, you must work with a participating Alberta contractor. It's recommended that you obtain quotes from three of the registered professionals before signing a contract. Pricing and final rebate totals will be based on an estimate of your home's current energy needs, and each contractor may make different recommendations. You will not be eligible for a rebate if you do the work yourself. Insulation As your home ages, the insulation in your home will compact and become less efficient. Today's new products and technologies offer various types of insulation and installation methods that will reduce energy costs, improve comfort and add value to your home at resale. Energy Efficiency Alberta's insulation rebates include:
- Main walls
- Half walls
- Loose fill
- Rolls or batts
- Spray foam
- Rigid board
- Energy Star® rated—windows must meet Energy Star® guidelines for performance and energy efficiency as certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council. These vary by climate zone.
- Triple pane—three panes of glass are sandwiched together with high-insulating Argon or Krypton gas filling the space between the panes. They're often built with stronger frames to hold the extra weight and more durable hardware.
- Low-E (Low-emittance) coating—uncoated glass has a very low U-value and allows heat and cold to easily transfer through it. Treating it with a low-emittance coating allows short-wavelength sunlight through but reflects long-wavelength radiation. In winter, this means heat loss is reduced and the sun's heat stays inside. In summer, harmful UV rays are blocked while still allowing natural light through.
- Argon gas filled—insulates better than air, so filling the space between glass panes provides a more efficient window. Triple pane windows with an extra layer of Argon gas significantly reduces heat loss.
- Purchase a qualifying appliance or thermostat.
- Complete the online application with pertinent details.
- Upload your receipt.
- Receive a rebate cheque in the mail.