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UPDATES from Saskatchewan 2011 Mechanical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan SaskEnergy Network Members Report I n 2011, the SaskEnergy Residential Network Membership continued its province wide coverage with 137 Residential Network Members located in 53 communities at the end of the year. The Network Membership has been engaged, excited and busy with the booming activity in Saskatchewan. With so many energy efficiency programs, financial incentives and new technologies emerging, there has not been a better time to be a part of the SaskEnergy Network. The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses Program is a very successful and popular program amongst Saskatchewan homeowners with the highest per capita participation rate in the EnerGuide program compared to any other province or territory in Canada. With the SEGH Program ending March 31, 2011, provincial stakeholders worked closely to review and develop a new program. On April 1, 2011 the Government of Saskatchewan re-introduced the SEGH Program until October  31, 2013. The new program encourages homeowners to upgrade to the most efficient equipment available and to undertake comprehensive renovations that will make a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering energy bills. Combined with existing upgrades such as heating, ventilation, cooling, insulation and windows, the program offers new incentives for installing natural gas clothes dryers, ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers, and ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures. On July 13, 2011, the Federal Government announced the renewal of the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program from June 6, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The program, which rolled out with different criteria than the provincial program, made for a few communication challenges. Overall, SaskEnergy and its Network Members have worked hard to ensure the homeowners of Saskatchewan have access to the appropriate information and receive the most out of both programs. Network Members play an integral role in the success of the SEGH Program by communicating program eligibility, determining the type of qualifying equipment and providing professional installation services. A key element of the Residential Network Membership is the ability for Network Members to offer convenient financing options to their customers. In 2011, approximately $3 million was financed for the purchase and installation of natural gas appliances. Over $95 million has been financed through SaskEnergy Network Members since inception of the Network in 1998. To help make the financing option even more attractive, for a limited time, participating Network Members, together with SaskEnergy and SaskPower, offered the ENERGY STAR Loan Program where customers were eligible to receive a loan (oac) at prime rate plus 2 per cent. To qualify for the program, customers had to finance energy efficient equipment, including an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace that had an AFUE rating of at least 95 per cent and a brushless DC motor. In addition, homeowners could finance the purchase and installation of a central air-conditioning system (with a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher), an HRV System (qualified by the HRI Institute) and other natural gas appliances at the same time as their furnace. Installing and properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. To help encourage homeowners to make this decision, SaskEnergy offered a limited time $15 rebate on the purchase of a programmable thermostat. As part of the program, SaskEnergy highly recommended that homeowners use Network Members to professionally install the programmable thermostat, ensuring that the installation is done properly. Since the rebate was first announced in 2008, over 6,300 Saskatchewan homeowners have received a rebate on their SaskEnergy bill for the purchase of a programmable thermostat. To help reinforce the value of annual furnace maintenance, SaskEnergy and its Network Members offer an annual furnace maintenance program. In early 2011, a $10 off coupon promotion was offered to help support the program. Almost 1,000 Home Heating Tune-Ups were completed in 2011, and since the program was introduced, more than 18,000 customers have participated. With a major push to change out standard and mid-efficiency furnaces to high- efficiency furnaces, it’s becoming more and more important to remind customers of the importance of annual furnace maintenance. Regardless of the age of a furnace, annual maintenance helps make sure that equipment is running safety and at peak efficiency. The first ever Commercial HVAC Program came to a close at the end of 2011. With a slower start than anticipated, the program details were revisited, analyzed and a new version of the program was launched December 1, 2011. The new Commercial HVAC Program continues to encourage the use of high-efficiency natural gas furnaces, boilers, and rooftop units MCA Saskatchewan Events on the Web Visit www., click on MCAS Events Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2012 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2012

MCA Canada Message
Alberta Message
British Columbia Message
Manitoba Message
Saskatchewan Message
Alberta Update
British Columbia Update
Manitoba Update
Saskatchewan Update
World Plumbing Day
Victim of Its Own Success
First of Its Kind in Canada
A New Approach: The Future of the Construction Sector Council
Protecting One’s Right to Timely Payment
Clean Energy Pays Big Dividends to Environment and Bottom Line
Index to Advertisers

The Western Journal 2012