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August 2, 2006
MORE WAYS FOR SASKATCHEWAN HOMEOWNERS TO SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
The province today announced it is enhancing Saskatchewan Energy Share to help more homeowners reduce energy consumption and save money on home heating.
As part of Saskatchewan Energy Share, the Government of Saskatchewan will continue to offer the EnerGuide for Houses provincial grant program until March 31, 2007.
This move follows the Federal Government's decision to cancel the federal EnerGuide program as of May 12, 2006.
Under Saskatchewan's EnerGuide for Houses program homeowners can qualify for grants of up to $2,000 for energy efficiency upgrades based on the EnerGuide for Houses evaluation.
The province will subsidize the portion of the evaluation audits formerly paid for by Natural Resources Canada. Homeowners will continue to pay $150 for the "A" audit and up to $50 for the "B" audit. SaskEnergy will be administering the Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses program on behalf of the Province.
"Our government strongly encourages homeowners to take steps to make their homes more energy efficient," Crown Investments Corporation Minister Maynard Sonntag said. "We are pleased that in enhancing our Saskatchewan Energy Share Program that we are also offering homeowners of all incomes ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes, and save money."
The provincial government is also providing additional help for low and moderate-income homeowners and rental property owners housing low-income tenants through the Saskatchewan Home Energy Improvement Program (SHEIP).
SHEIP will provide retrofit grants of up to $4,000 ($4,700 in the North) for homeowners with a combined gross income of no more than $45,000 ($57,500 in the North).
"With this program we're providing long-term solutions to help people reduce their energy use," Community Resources Minister Buckley Belanger said. "The benefits include reduced housing costs, enhanced home values, and a greener, more prosperous economy. The program also creates better quality housing for Saskatchewan people, which is a goal of HomeFirst, our five-year provincial housing strategy."
Through Saskatchewan Energy Share programs, Saskatchewan people can also benefit from a $45 rebate on an ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostat, a PST exemption on ENERGY STAR® qualified furnaces and boilers, and the Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project to assist lower-income families in making simple energy efficiency changes.
To find out more about Saskatchewan Energy Share programs please visit www.skenergyshare.com or call toll-free 1-866-409-9770.
Low and moderate income homeowners should call Saskatchewan Housing for more details at 1-866-388-8433.
For more information on the Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses program or to book an evaluation, please contact one of the Saskatchewan service organizations: