Published on December 21, 2022

Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home and Community

The City of St. Albert is committed to maintaining a healthy natural environment and ensuring its sustainability for future generations, but we all have a part to play in the stewardship of our community and the entire world. By reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, you can help mitigate the effects of climate change, improve air quality and maintain ecosystems and biodiversity. 

The City is supporting residents who want to improve energy efficiency in their homes with a new Home Energy Efficiency Grant (HEEG). More energy efficient homes mean direct cost savings benefits, plus cleaner air, water and food for this generation, and generations to come.

Apply for an Energy Efficiency Grant

The new Home Energy Efficiency Grant launched on December 20 and provides grants to residential property owners to implement energy efficiency upgrades. Eligible products include: 

  • Insulation upgrades 
  • Air sealing improvements 
  • Window upgrades 
  • Water heating upgrades, including drain water heat recovery and efficient water heating 
  • Space heating upgrades, including heat recovery ventilators, smart thermostats, and high efficiency furnaces

Apply for the Home Energy Efficiency Grant Program

“The main goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community by reducing energy consumption and also help residents lower their utility bills," says Payton Homeak, Environment Coordinator for Community, Strategy and Engagement. “We want to help homeowners understand their home’s energy efficiency by having an NRCan-registered energy advisor come to their home to provide them with an EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluation and professional advice on how to renovate their home to be more energy efficient.” 

Interested residents can view the participant journey on the Home Energy Efficiency Grant page or download the Home Energy Efficiency Program Guide for more information. Once the total funding is allocated for the year, enrollment will close and residents can enroll again next year. HEEG has received funding of $50,000 per year to implement the program until December 2025. 

It is evident residents are eager to implement energy efficiency in their homes. A similar program, the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP), launched on November 27, 2022, and was fully allocated within 24 hours. Residents interested in participating in CEIP are still encouraged to apply for a place on the waitlist as submissions are processed on a first-come, first-served basis if space becomes available.

Residents can also consider the Canada Greener Homes Grant offered by the Government of Canada. This federal program is currently available and provides rebates for private homeowners to complete energy efficiency upgrades in their homes.

Lower Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Aside from grants, you can help lower their GHG emissions within St. Albert in a variety of ways: 

  • Make your commute more efficient and consider taking public transit or carpooling. 
  • Reduce food waste by following the City’s waste reduction tips.
  • Be Idle-Free. St. Albert's Idle-Free Bylaw limits the idling of parked vehicles to three minutes at any time, so after three, be idle-free! Care about air and be aware of your idling.
  • Borrow a Home Energy Assessment Toolkit from the St. Albert Library to determine how energy is used in your home (Classroom HEAT kits are also available for teachers and students through the Environment Branch).  
  • Initiate small energy use habits around the home like switching to energy-efficient light bulbs; unplugging computers, TVs, and other electronics; washing clothes in cold water; and installing a programable thermostat set to 17-21 degrees Celsius.

HEEG was designed to encourage the most cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades to maximize participation in the program. As such, the program provides grants for low to medium range energy efficiency upgrades. Renewable energy upgrades will not be eligible for this grant. 

“In many cases people immediately want to implement solar energy, but it’s important to look at how to keep the heat in your home before pursuing other energy sources. Simple low to medium upgrades like insulation and upgraded windows enhance the building envelope,” adds Payton. “This, combined with small habits everyday can make a big impact on energy efficiency.”

Building a Greener Community

Energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions remains a priority for the City. One of the “Resilient Infrastructure principles” in the City's Municipal Development Plan is to fight climate change and improve air quality by reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources.
 
The GHG Emissions Report referenced in the annual Community Report on the Environment collects information and calculates the Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the community of St. Albert as well as the City of St. Albert as a corporation.

In 2021, the total emissions from the community decreased by three per cent from the 2020 reporting year. 

When asked what the City is doing to reduce its corporate GHG emissions Payton states, “The City recently installed a 1.1 Megawatt solar PV system at Servus Credit Union Place and a REALice water treatment system to reduce the need to continually heat water to resurface the ice. LED lighting retrofits are also being installed in select City buildings and upgrades to windows and exterior doors will be coming in the new year.”


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Last edited: December 21, 2022