Rebates on energy-efficient products

The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) provides rebates to northerners who purchase new, more energy efficient models of products that they use every day. Buying energy efficient products will help you save energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

How the Program Works

Applicable Items

Washers, dryers, fridges and freezers

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Washers and ventless dryers

Your clothes washing machine and dryer are two of the biggest energy users in your home. If you want to lower your electricity bill, replace your old appliance with an energy efficient ENERGY STAR® certified appliance.

For a washing machine, you can get a $400 rebate if you live in a community powered by diesel or natural gas or $200 if you live in a community served by hydropower.

For a ventless dryer, you can get a $400 rebate, regardless of the community you live in.

Refrigerators and chest freezers

For ENERGY STAR certified fridges (larger than 7.75 cubic feet), you can receive a $400 rebate if you live in a community powered by diesel or natural gas, or $200 if you live in a community served by hydropower.

For ENERGY STAR certified chest freezers, you can receive a rebate of 50% of the purchase cost, up to $400 if you live in a non-hydro community, or $200 if you live in a hydro community.

LED lighting

  • LEDs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs;
  • LEDs last 3 times longer than CFLs and 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • LEDs have no mercury;
  • Can be dimmable and very durable (depending on the model).

Benefits

  • Lower electric bill,
  • Less bulb replacement needed, and
  • Less cost in the long run.

Rebates Available

50% of the purchase cost of LED bulbs, tubes & integrated fixtures

  • Hydro communities: annual maximum of $200
  • Non-hydro communities: annual maximum of $400

 

Cost to Operate for the Projected Life of an LED Light Bulb

  Watts Hours Energy Usage

Cost
at $0.29/kWh

Cost
at $0.58/kWh
LED Bulb 15 25,000 375 kWh $108.75 $217.50
CFL Bulb 18 25,000 450 kWh $130.50 $261.00
Incadescent Bulb 75 25,000 1875 kWh $543.75 $1,087.50

LED Brochure Download a Brochure on how to choose a lightbulb

Heating Appliances

With the cost of heating your home rising, we have made it easier for you to make the change to cost-effective energy efficient heating.

Make the change now, and keep warm this winter. Add an energy efficient water heater and save even more money. If your community produces electricity using diesel or natural gas and you have an electric water heater, consider replacing it with a more efficient oil or gas water heater and save big on your monthly electricity bills. Efficient furnaces, boilers and hot-water tanks are important to our comfort in the Northwest Territories. Make your heating appliances as efficient as you can while you pocket the rebate rewards, and save energy and money for many years to come.

Heating Appliance

Rebate Amount

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Wood stove

50% of purchase cost, up to $1,000

Guide to Residential Wood Heating

Wood pellet stove

50% of purchase cost, up to $1,000

Guide to Residential Wood Pellet Heating

Oil furnace (95% AFUE* or higher, with an electronically commutated motor [ECM])

$1,500

Click for more information on the AFUE rating of specific models, or contact AEA for more information.

Oil boiler (87% AFUE or higher)

$750

Click for more information on the AFUE rating of specific models, or contact AEA for more information.

Gas or propane furnace (95% AFUE or higher, with an ECM)

$1,500

Click for more information on AFUE rating of specific models, or contact AEA for more information.

Gas or propane boiler (95% AFUE or higher)

$750

Click for more information on the AFUE rating of specific models, or contact AEA for more information.

ENERGY STAR certified instantaneous (on-demand) water heater (oil: .68 EF**  or higher; gas or propane: .92 EF or higher)

$1,250

Click for more information on EF rating of specific models, or contact AEA for more information.

*AFUE - Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency is a measure of the efficiency of heating appliances over a season or year.

**Energy factor (EF) is an efficiency measure for rating the energy performance of water heating appliances. The higher the EF, the greater the efficiency.

Home upgrades

Drain water heat recovery

A drain water heat recovery system can help you save on water heating costs by capturing some of the heat from your shower’s drain water and using it to pre-heat cold water entering your home. Heating water can account for 20–30% of your home's energy usage, and a drain water heat recovery system can reclaim up to 40% of that energy—and reduce you greenhouse gas emissions.

Get a $700 rebate for installing a drain water heat recovery system with a minimum 30% efficiency.

Programmable thermostats

A programmable thermostat can help you save heating fuel by automatically turning down the heat when you’re asleep or away from home.

Get 25% back on the cost of a programmable thermostat, up to $75.

“Smart” ECM circulation pumps

Circulation pumps with electronically commutated motors (ECMs) automatically control the speed and flow rate to find the greatest efficiency. They’re most commonly used to circulate water for hydronic (hot water) heating systems, but there are also models available for potable water.

As an example of the savings, the AEA compared two similar pumps and found that the non-ECM model would cost about $244 a year to operate, while the ECM model would cost about $67 a year when set in automatic mode.

Get a $175 rebate for installing an ECM pump.

Home insulation

Insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year—and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

The AEA can give you a rebate of up to $6,500, depending on the type of insulation you install on your home.

Note: Pre-approval from the Arctic Energy Alliance is required in order to receive a rebate.

New homes

A home that’s designed to be energy efficient can save you money right from the start. Get a $2,500 rebate for a new home that uses at least 50% less heating energy than an EnerGuide typical new house.

Heating energy use is measured in gigajoules per year, and calculations will be done by the AEA using the EnerGuide Rating System software from Natural Resources Canada.

Fine Print

  • This program is available to all NWT residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, community governments and Indigenous governments.
  • Funding is available in the form of after-purchase mail-in rebates.
  • For a residential insulation rebate, it is necessary to meet with an AEA Energy Management Specialist to fill in a pre-approval form before you complete the work.
  • For new home rebates, a home must have received an EnerGuide home evaluation label on or after April 1, 2018. This rebate does not apply to multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Your rebate application must be received by the AEA within 3 months of the purchase date on your receipt.
  • Only products specified within these guidelines are eligible for rebates. Please check with the Arctic Energy Alliance for an exact listing of products that qualify.
  • Only products purchased through NWT dealers are eligible for full rebates. Products purchased outside of the NWT but within Canada are eligible for 50% of the NWT rebate. Click for a list of participating NWT vendors.
  • Individual residents can apply for up to two rebates on the same type of product, per household, per AEA fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), with the exception of LED lighting (see below). For example, your household can apply for rebates on up to two chest freezers per year.
  • Businesses, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous and community governments can apply for up to five rebates on the same type of product per AEA fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), with the exception of LED lighting (see below). For example, you can apply for rebates on up to five refrigerators per year.
  • You can apply for rebates on LED lighting as many times as you would like in a year until you have reached the annual maximum rebate value.
  • The Arctic Energy Alliance cannot be responsible for lost, late, incomplete or unreadable applications.
  • Rebates are available as long as funds allocated by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories remain available.
  • Final approval will be made by the Executive Director of the Arctic Energy Alliance.
  • Application forms must be complete and accurate to ensure prompt delivery of your rebate.