• Energy Audit

Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

​High energy bills got you down? Find ways to save money by having an energy audit completed on your home.

The Town of Okotoks launched the MyHeat Energy Efficiency Platform in 2016.  This innovative education platform provides homeowners with relevant information about their home’s thermal energy efficiency. The Town is proud to be offering a rebate program that takes homeowner energy education further, encouraging homeowners to have a comprehensive professional home energy audit completed on their home. The energy audit will result in the production of factual report with step-by-step recommendations for homeowners of where they should invest their money to achieve a more energy efficient home and save money on their utility bills over time.

Educate yourself about your home's energy efficiency prior to investing in major household renovations projects this summer, such as window replacements and siding upgrades. Be informed before you invest!

Please see the Feedback section below to get answers from a real-life Okotoks resident who had a professional Energy Audit conducted in her home.

To view an example of an energy audit report please see Related Publications. 

REBATE APPLICATION FORM

Rebate Program Details

The Town is providing a 50% rebate on your home audit up to a maximum of $200 per household (note: does not include GST).

The rebate program is on a first-come, first- served basis until either the program funds are depleted or we reach the end of 2017.

Rebates will be applied to your household Town of Okotoks utility account.

Program Requirements

There are three requirements to qualify for this program:

Qualified Service Providers

As of March 1, 2017, there are only two Service Organizations that are certified to the new Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide ‘version 15’ standard in Alberta:

  • AmeriSpec of Canada – 1-(866)-284-6010
  • VerdaTech Energy Management & Consulting – (403) 251-0683 / 1-(866)-241-6804

Please be aware of other companies not listed above, who may be soliciting their services. If in doubt, please check with the Sustainability Coordinator, prior to having the company to complete the audit for you.  Should you be a Service Organization and would like to be added to the list, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator.

FIND YOUR ENERGY ADVISOR HERE

Feedback from our first resident who used an Energy Advisor

Where did you find your Energy Advisor?

I found my Advisor by visiting the NRCan website.  They have a list of certified auditors in the Calgary area.

How long did it take for the overall audit to be conducted?

The audit took two hours.

What was the cost?

The cost of the audit was $350 plus tax, not including the rebate.

How much do you think you will save from the suggestions made by the Energy Advisor?

I will definitely save a bit of money monthly, from the small fixes that were recommended to make, but the largest savings will come from what he told me I didn't have to do.  For example, it was nice to hear that my windows and front door, though older, were good enough and that replacing them wouldn't have the cost-benefit that I thought it might.  He saved me from unnecessarily spending thousands of dollars.

Were you surprised by some of the tests that were conducted to find where energy savings could be had?

Not so much surprised, but intrigued.  The reverse blower test was interesting to watch and revealed air leaks in the house that I didn't know existed.

What was your main takeaway from having the Energy Audit done?

The main takeaway was that there are so many small and inexpensive adjustments a person can make in a home to make it more energy efficient.  Being energy efficient is not always about replacing window or a furnace.  In this economic climate, the small inexpensive fixes to save money are what I was looking for.

Would you recommend having an energy audit done?

Yes!  I had borrowed the DIY Energy Home Audit Kit from the Town and it was great, but somewhat complex to use. Having a professional do the audit was definitely more beneficial.

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