Energy efficiency rebates extended to small businesses
Island businesses like Stretch Fitness of Summerside are getting extra help from the provincial government to save money on their energy costs and protect the environment.
Now available to the commercial sector, the efficiencyPEI Business Energy Rebates program partners with wholesalers to assist businesses and farms with buying LED lighting, heat pumps, and other energy-efficient equipment. Visit efficiencyPEI through Facebook or Twitter or call 1-877-734-6336 to learn more.
“Being more energy efficient has helped our business lower its energy costs year after year,” said Corey Arsenault of Stretch Fitness. “Any savings in energy costs get invested right back into growing our business, so it’s a win-win for us and our fitness family.”
Business Energy Rebates is the first of a suite of efficiencyPEI programs that will target the commercial sector. They are provided by the Government of Prince Edward Island and funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Low Carbon Economy Fund.
“Energy efficiency allows businesses to cut their operating costs while reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar, whose department includes efficiencyPEI. “If any province can affect real change in this area, it’s the Mighty Island; we are small, nimble, and connected, and this rebate program will allow business and government to work together to reach our climate change goals.”
After businesses purchase the energy efficient equipment they choose, they then submit their receipts to efficiencyPEI to receive a rebate toward the cost of the products.
“The Island’s buildings are responsible for 18 percent of our provincial greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s imperative we direct attention toward the sustainability and energy efficiency of all buildings,” said Mike Proud, manager of efficiencyPEI. “We have many programs dedicated to the residential sector, and we’re excited to begin cultivating energy efficiency in the commercial sector as well.”
For more information on efficiencyPEI programs visit www.efficiencypei.ca.
How to apply for an energy efficiency rebate:
A list of eligible products and rebate amounts can be found in the Business Energy Rebates program brochure or at www.efficiencypei.ca/business
1. Participating businesses should collect a detailed sales receipt outlining where the products were purchased. The receipt should show the model numbers for eligible products.
2. They should then fill out the worksheet on the registration form (www.efficiencypei.ca/business) and mail or drop it off – along with original copies of paid/dated receipts – to efficiencyPEI at (31 Gordon Drive in Charlottetown, 120 Heather Moyse Drive in Summerside, or any AccessPEI).