Residential no-charge energy savings program ineffective


Stephen Farrell (Principal, VerdaTech Energy Management & Consulting), explained in an interview with Global News’ Tony Tighe why he believes the no-charge energy savings program will be ineffective. Excerpts from the interview: 

The Notley Government announced Tuesday Alberta households are eligible to register to have energy-efficient products installed in their homes free of charge beginning in April. The products include LED lights to replace existing incandescent light bulbs, high-efficiency shower heads and faucet aerators, advanced power bars and Smart (self-adjusting) thermostats. 

Farrell explains that “you’re looking at around $6 to $7 a month, maybe $60 to $70 a year in savings. There’s no carbon tax on electricity so you’re going to see a very small – we’re talking single percentage points – difference on your electric bill. This (energy saving program) will cut 0.5 to 0.75 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. If we look at a conventional house and we do something with the insulation, the furnaces, the windows, then we’re looking at 2.5 to 3.5 tons, maybe 4 tons per household in greenhouse gas reduction.”

To read the full interview, click this link: Energy management consultant calls residential no-charge energy savings program a waste of time