Thousands of Albertans sign up for free lightbulbs and showerheads

By Lethbridge News Now (Lara Fominoff)
April 4, 2017 - 10:42am

LETHBRIDGE- Those who registered for the free home energy kits over the last couple of months should be getting calls soon, from a company called "Ecofitt," about someone coming to install their free bulbs, nighlights, power-saving A-V bars, showerheads and thermostats.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the demand for the products has far exceeded what government thought.

"We have had over 80,000 people sign up and it has surpassed all of our expectations, so we're making sure we can meet that demand very quickly."

The program was announced in late February as part of a $45 million energy efficiency initiative.

"Vans are on the road now, already," explains Phillips. "People are on the ground. The company (Ecofitt) has hired in the neighborhood of 70 Albertans. They're H-VAC technicians and others to begin this work."

Phillips says Alberta was the only place in North America that did not have an energy efficiency strategy, so now they're playing catch up with other jurisdictions.

She adds that they will be rolling out a number of other programs as the year goes on.

(Lethbridge News Now)

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