Dawson Creek Participates in New Grant Program to Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Costs through Energy Efficiency

To help residents achieve greater home energy and financial savings, the City of Dawson Creek, in participation with the Energy Centre of the North, is participating in a new government energy efficiency program.

The Province of B.C.?s Energy Savings Plan (ESP) has $25,000 in grants available for a limited time to Dawson Creek homeowners who improve their home?s energy performance.

Presented by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) as part of the Community Action on Energy Efficiency (CAEE) program, the ESP is administered by a three-way partnership comprised of City Green Solutions, Sustainable Building Centre, and Homeworks Services.

In order to avoid high heating bills and enjoy a more comfortable home, retrofit your house this summer and take advantage of the Energy Savings Plan ?a first-come-first-served program that provides one-stop-shop access to financial grants and rebates to pay for windows, insulation, heating systems, doors and air sealing.

A typical homeowner can receive up to $2100 in grants and rebates and save up to 50% on future energy bills after implementing the recommended home performance improvements.

Eligibility for this program includes homeowners and landlords of pre-1990 homes that undergo energy efficiency upgrades. Through the ESP program, residents will have access to expert home energy assessments and upgrade advice.

In the midst of Federal cutbacks to existing energy efficiency programs, funding for this $2.1 million pilot program has been confirmed through to March 2007 offering Dawson Creek homeowners unique access to energy efficiency grants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dawson Creek is one of eight BC communities selected to participate in ESP?s single and row housing program. The Energy Savings Plan is also administering programs for multi-unit residential buildings, small ICI (institutional/commercial/industrial) and low-income housing in select pilot communities. Go to www.saveenergynow.ca to find out more.

Through MEMPR?s CAEE program, pilot communities like Dawson Creek are also focusing on advancing energy efficiency through municipal policies and bylaws. Coordinating this effort on behalf of the Ministry is the Fraser Basin Council.

?Typically, a community?s values are embodied in its planning policies and bylaws, so we?re pleased to see Dawson Creek collaborate with CAEE to help residents reduce energy consumption and save money,? says Jim Vanderwal, program manager, Fraser Basin Council.

Concerned about the long-term energy cost implications of new houses to its citizens, the City is developing an Energy Efficiency building bylaw. To support the bylaw, the City intends to work with the development community to ensure the technology and training is available to fulfill the bylaw requirements.

?We are very pleased to have been selected for this pilot program,? says Mayor Calvin Kruk. ?It is very much in keeping with our goal as leaders in responsible, proactive and positive local government. The timing of this partnership arrangement, as we move forward on the sustainable community development track, adds to our enthusiasm and echoes the direction given to us by our residents.?

Residents are encouraged to register with the Energy Savings Plan as soon as possible to allow time to have their home?s energy efficiency evaluated, complete their upgrades and have their home re-evaluated to determine their ESP grant before the program expires. Final assessments will be accepted until January 1, 2007 or until funding lasts so act fast.

To register and find out more about eligibility and Energy Savings Plan benefits please visit www.saveenergynow.ca/dawsoncreek. To book an appointment for an initial Energy Efficiency audit (A), please contact our local EnerGuide Advisor: Mr. David Broadway EnerGuide Advisor AmeriSpec of Northern B.C. Cell Phone: 250.719.8276 Home/Office: 250.782.6569 dcbroadway@uniserve.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Emanuel Machado Deputy Director of Development Services Building and Safety Coordinator Phone: 250-784-3661Fax: 250-782-3352 Email: emachado@dawsoncreek.ca