If you didn't get your energy efficiency rebates last year, you're in luck. Energy Efficiency Alberta is re-launching its Instant Savings Program for the third time.
Jessica Shumlich is with Energy Efficiency Alberta.
"The program has been going good so far. We launched on April 5. Currently, we have about 350,000 participating retailers across the province."
There are a number of new discounted products being offered this year, both under the Instant Savings Program and the Online Rebate Program.
"Instant savings offers up to $15 per item on eligible, easy-to-install, energy-efficiency products," explained Shumlich. "A few examples are programmable thermostats, water-savings devices, smart power bars, LED light fixtures and, of course, the new LED yard lights with motion sensors."
To save money through the program, all shoppers have to do is purchase an eligible product, said Shumlich. The rebate is applied automatically at check-out. In Drumheller, both Co-op and Canadian Tire are participating retailers. More information about the Instant Savings Program can be found here.
The discount programs gets a bit trickier, although not impossible, for larger products and savings.
"Online rebates are offering up to $100 on eligible washing machines, refrigerators, smart thermostats and -- our newest [program] addition -- is furnaces with variable-speed motors," said Shumlich. More information about claiming your rebate can be found here.
Last year, Morrin resident M'Liss Edwards became the first in the village to install solar panels on her property. To make the conversion possible, she relied on SHARP, a program promoted by Energy Efficiency Alberta.
In 2017, Shumlich explained that Albertans bought almost 10 million products through the Instant Savings Program and saved approximately $24 million.