Great news! Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new rebate for furnaces equipped with electronically commutated motors (ECM). The rebate will be added to their existing online rebates program found here. What will that mean for Albertans? Read below to find out!
The focus of this measure will be to incent Albertans who are in the market for a new furnace to purchase a model equipped with an ECM. With the majority of ECM’s being found in High-efficiency furnaces, the push to upgrade existing equipment and have Alberta running more efficiently is the end goal. Furthermore, eligibility will be based on a homeowner supplying proof of purchase for an eligible model purchased on or after January 2018.
From February 1, 2018, customers will be able to apply online for $75 rebate on qualified furnaces with ECM that has been purchased on January 15, 2018, or after.
The new rebate is offered by Energy efficiency Alberta on qualifying furnaces with Electrically Commutated Motor (ECM). The focus of this measure is to incent Albertans who are in the market for a new furnace to purchase a model equipped with an ECM. Eligibility will be based on a homeowner supplying proof of purchase for an eligible model purchased on or after January 15, 2018
No, rebates are for new furnaces or furnace replacement only and not retrofit of an existing furnace.
Furnaces with ECM use less electricity compared to those without as the blower motor that forces the air through your home is variable speed and uses less energy to keep your home at its set point. The M in ECM refers to the motor that drives the furnace fan and helps to save energy.
The rebate is $75 per furnace with an ECM.
A limit of 2 furnaces with ECM can be qualified for rebate under the program, per household for the life of the program.
A list of qualified furnaces with ECM is found on EEA website (Available starting February 1, 2018). The list was compiled by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada based on data from manufacturers acting on a voluntary basis. The excel list can also be downloaded here Copy of ECM_Eligibility_List-Online Rebates.
If you have purchased a qualified furnace with ECM on January 15, 2018, or after, you are eligible to apply for the $75 rebate.
Customers who have purchased a qualifying model will need to complete the online application form. These forms are found on Energy efficiency Alberta’s website (available February 1, 2018). Furthermore, receipts showing the purchase of the qualifying model needs to be uploaded as part of the online application process.
Contractors are not required to be registered under the program to qualify for the rebate.
Can my contractor apply for the rebate on my behalf?
Yes, contractors can complete the application process on behalf of their customers however this is not a program requirement. Customers will receive their rebates directly from the program via mail.
Call center agents from Energy efficiency Alberta process applications. Customers will receive $75 rebate via mail within 6 – 8 weeks.
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