Instant Rebate program launched in Nova Scotia

October 17, 2018

Nova Scotia has announced details of the 2018 Instant Rebate program, which will help residents purchase products that improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The funding for the scheme comes from the federal government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, which has allocated up to $56 million to Nova Scotia for programs that fight climate change and drive clean growth.

The province is also investing $12 million over the next four years in energy efficiency, solar and community-based low-carbon initiative programs.

The Instant Rebate program will provide rebates on the purchase of products – such as LED lights, motion sensors and electrical power bars – and energy efficient appliances, such as washers and refrigerators.

It will also provide rebates of $75 for smart thermostats to help homeowners who heat their homes with oil to cut their energy bills. The average energy savings per year for an oil-heated household that adds a smart thermostat is up to $150.

The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted Canada’s clean-growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework, to deliver on commitments to fight climate change, grow the economy and create good middle-class jobs.

Residents of the Northwest Territories can also get help to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient as the government has allocated $23 million for programs that will support energy efficiency retrofits, renewable energy and forest regeneration.

NWT is investing an additional $7.4 million in programs that expand existing initiatives such as electric heat incentives for commercial buildings.