Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | April 11, 2011

Uproad over Axing Green

The federal government is being criticized for axing a program that helped Canadians make their homes more energy-efficient — saving hundreds of millions of dollars in electricity and boosting work for renovators and manufacturers.

The sudden suspension of the ecoEnergy Home Rebate Program earlier this spring “shocked” Greensaver, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental energy efficiency.

“We are shocked to hear the news and hope that the federal government will reconsider,” says president and CEO Vladan Veljovic. “The program is very effective and has helped Canadian homeowners save energy and money while creating thousands of green jobs.”

The program provided homeowners with incentives to have their homes evaluated for energy efficiency, subsequently undertaking upgrades to improve their rating.

It was originally to be available until March 2011, but it was suspended at the end of March this year instead.

The program saved Canadians a total of $339,950,019 in electricity each year due to energy-efficient renovations, says Ken Elsey, president and CEO of Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Manufacturers are also upset by the decision.

“At a time when the economy is just beginning to recover from a major recession, the government has threatened to put an entire industry out of work,” says Steve Koch, executive director of NAIMA Canada, a manufacturer of fibreglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation.

“This was a wonderful program that did exactly what it was supposed to do and more. It was one of the government’s most impactful programs to deal with climate change and energy efficiency.

“Homeowners were rewarded for making their homes more energy-efficient.”


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