Nova Scotians have a new way to save money on their energy bills and fight climate change by installing smart thermostats in their homes.
The devices are being added to the Energy Efficient Product Rebate Program, which offers homeowners an instant in-store rebate on washing machines, refrigerators, power bars, dimmer switches and other energy-saving devices.
Nova Scotia Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette and federal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Sean Fraser, visited a Dartmouth store today, Oct. 12, to see the program in action.
“It really has never been easier and more affordable to make upgrades that save you money on your energy bills by using less energy,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change by reducing emissions, and offering discounts on energy efficient products continues to build on our success as we move toward a cleaner energy future.”
“Nova Scotia is taking serious steps to fight climate change and that’s why the Government of Canada is helping the province invest in practical solutions,” said Mr. Fraser, on behalf of federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. “Improving energy efficiency helps cut energy costs for homeowners and businesses, while creating good middle-class jobs and reducing pollution.”
“Energy efficiency is one part of a serious plan to fight climate change and grow the economy.”
The instant rebate on a smart thermostat is $75 and the device can save the average oil-heated home up to $150 dollars every year.
“Our Instant Savings campaigns have always been popular with Nova Scotians,” said Stephen MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOne. “Now thanks to this additional investment by the federal government we are able to offer even more great savings on products that will help Nova Scotians save money on their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and live more comfortably.”
Over the lifetime of these products, Nova Scotians could save up to $115 million on fuel costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300,000 tonnes.
Funding comes from the Government of Canada’s four year, $14 million per year commitment to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The province is investing $3 million a year for four years to support the fund, and through residential electricity rates Nova Scotians are currently investing over $15 million a year for programs that make homes more energy efficient.
Some offers end on November 10th. Others will be reoffered in the spring, or are available year-round.
For more information, including a full list of products eligible for a discount, visit http://www.efficiencyns.ca .