Energy Efficient Rebate Program Announced for New Homes

    REGINA, June 25 /CNW/ - The Government of Saskatchewan demonstrated a
continued commitment to the environment today by announcing an energy
efficient rebate program for new homes. In support of the province's Green
Strategy, Saskatchewan residents who build or purchase a newly constructed
ENERGY STAR(R) qualified or R-2000 certified home are now eligible to receive
up to $2,400 in rebates.
    SaskEnergy will be administering the program on behalf of Saskatchewan
    "The Province's Green Strategy is about working with the people of
Saskatchewan to find ways that ensure our future is both green and prosperous.
The Rebate Program for New Homes provides an incentive to help achieve those
goals," Environment Minister John Nilson said. "With our growing economy and
many young families choosing to return to Saskatchewan, this program presents
opportunities for new homeowners to make wise environmental choices that will
have a lasting impact and set a new standard for the future."

    Upon the purchase of an ENERGY STAR qualified or R-2000 certified home,
homeowners qualify for a $1,000 rebate plus,

    -   an additional $1,000 rebate for the purchase and installation of a
        solar domestic hot water heating system,
    -   a $150 rebate for the purchase and installation of a grey or drain-
        water heat recovery system, and/or
    -   a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of one qualifying
        natural gas appliance - for two qualifying natural gas appliances the
        rebate increases to $250. Qualifying natural gas appliances include
        clothes dryers, barbecues, cooktops, and ranges.
    New homes that are ENERGY STAR qualified or R-2000 certified are
approximately 30 to 40 percent more efficient than those built to minimum
building code standards. The increased efficiency of these homes translates
into a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs.
    "An ENERGY STAR qualified or R-2000 certified home may cost a bit more
money upfront," said Keith Hanson, Executive Director of Resource Efficient
Housing Incorporated (REHI). "But the long-term energy, electrical, and water
savings will more than pay for that initial investment. Plus, homeowners may
also benefit from an increased resale value."
    The Saskatchewan Home Builders Association says it believes the
commitment from the province to offer an incentive for new homes is a
significant step for the housing industry.
    "The majority of builders in the province recognize the increased demand
for energy efficient housing - not only from an environmental perspective but
an affordability perspective as well," said Dave Hepburn, President of the
Saskatchewan Home Builders Association. "Many of the homebuilders are focusing
on providing their staff with the knowledge and training so they can begin
meeting the expectations homeowners will have to ensure their home is being
built as efficient as possible with the latest of technologies."
    Hepburn estimates that close to 1,000 new homes will be built to either
an ENERGY STAR or R-2000 standard in 2007. This represents approximately
45 percent of the total expected new home starts in Saskatchewan.
    The Energy Efficient Rebate for New Homes is available between April 1,
2007 and March 31, 2008. For more information on the rebate program, visit or call 1-866-409-9770.

For further information:

For further information: Traci Braaten, Saskatchewan Environment,
Regina, (306) 787-1611; Rachel Sala, SaskEnergy, Regina, (306) 777-9153

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