September 28, 2017 1:53 pm
Updated: September 29, 2017 3:19 pm

2nd round of Alberta energy rebates offered after great response

WATCH ABOVE: The Alberta government created two online tools to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and outline rebates that could help them do it. Emily Mertz walks us through them.

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The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.

READ MORE: Alberta government provides rebates of up to $3,500 for energy efficient homes 

The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.

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Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.

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Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.

The government says the program, with each round costing about $14 million, discounts the products by about 25 per cent, with consumers covering the rest.

READ MORE: Alberta releases info on how consumers can get free energy efficient products

The instant rebate efficiency program runs for four weeks ending Oct. 29, while the home improvement and online rebates announced in April continue their two-year run.

The incentives are part of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential Retail Products Program.

Interactive tools to help figure out what might be covered — Home Efficiency Tool and Learn About Lighting Tool — are available at efficiencyalberta.ca.

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