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.
Note: Customers who purchase eligible LED lighting, refrigerators, clothes washers or chest freezers at select Northern or NorthMart stores will have their rebates applied at the checkout, and do not have to submit a rebate application to the AEA. See the “Fine Print” section below for more information.
How the Program Works
Purchase an Eligible Product
Purchase an eligible product from an NWT Vendor, if the item was purchased outside of the NWT the rebate will be 50% of the qualifying amount. Click here for a list of participating NWT vendors.
Some products must be ENERGY STAR® certified to qualify for a rebate. You can use this website to find out if an item is ENERGY STAR certified.
Complete the Application Form
You have up to 3 months from the date you purchase an item to apply for a rebate.
To apply, complete the application form and attach a copy of your sales receipt and proof that the item qualifies for a rebate (such as the EnerGuide card showing the ENERGY STAR logo). Make sure the sales receipt (proof of purchase) clearly shows the following:
- The make and model of the product
- That the product has been paid for full
The name on the receipt should be same as the name on your application. If there is no name and address on your receipt, we will also ask to see proof that you live in the NWT (such as a drivers licence).
The application forms can be downloaded below.
Customers who purchase eligible LED lighting, washers, refrigerators or chest freezers at select Northern or NorthMart stores will have their rebates applied at the checkout and do not have to send a rebate application to the AEA. See the “Fine Print” section below for a list of participating communities.
Return the Application Form
Washer, Dryers, Fridges and Freezers
Customers who purchase eligible washers, refrigerators or chest freezers at select Northern or NorthMart stores will have their rebates applied at the checkout and do not have to send a rebate application to the AEA. See the “Fine Print” section below for a list of participating communities.
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.
|Appliance||Rebate: communities with hydroelectricity||Rebate: non-hydro communities|
Refrigerators and Freezers
|Appliance||Rebate: communities with hydroelectricity||Rebate: non-hydro communities|
|Freezer||50% of purchase cost, up to $100||50% of purchase cost, up to $200|
ENERGY STAR certified fridges and upright freezers must be larger than 7.75 cubic feet. There is no minimum size on chest freezers.
- Uses up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs
- Lasts 3 times longer than CFLs and 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs
- Has no mercury
- Can be dimmable and very durable (depending on the model)
Customers who purchase eligible LED lighting at select Northern or NorthMart stores will have their rebates applied at the checkout and do not have to send a rebate application to the AEA. See the “Fine Print” section below for a list of participating communities.
Integrated LED lighting is not eligible for a rebate.
|Product||Rebate: communities with hydroelectricity||Rebate: non-hydro communities|
|LED bulbs & tubes||Up to $200 a year||Up to $400 a year|
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.
|Wood Stove||50% of purchase cost, up to $1,000|
|Wood Pellet Stove||50% of purchase cost, up to $1,000|
|Oil furnace (95% AFUE* or higher, with an electronically commutated motor [ECM])||$1,500|
|Oil boiler (87% AFUE or higher)||$750|
|Gas or propane furnace (96% AFUE or higher, with an ECM)||$1,500|
|Gas or propane boiler (95% AFUE or higher)||$750|
|Gas- or propane-fired ENERGY STAR certified instantaneous (on-demand) water heaters (.95 EF**, .93 UEF or higher)||$750|
|Oil-fired instantaneous (on-demand) water heaters (.70 EF or higher)||$750|
|Combination boilers and water heaters (must meet same criteria as boilers)||$1,000|
*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.
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.
|Drain water heat recovery system with a minimum 30% efficiency||$700|
A programmable thermostat can help you save heating fuel by automatically turning down the heat when you’re asleep or away from home.
|Programmable thermostat||50% of purchase cost, up to $150|
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.
|ECM pump||50% of purchase cost, up to $250|
Automated vehicle plug-in controllers
Vehicle block heaters and battery blankets use a lot of power. Automated vehicle plug-in controllers are programmable outlets that can control the power to a block heater, battery blanket or other vehicle pre-heating system based on the outdoor temperature. The power is on just enough to keep your vehicle warm and ready to start anytime.
To be eligible for a rebate, an automated vehicle plug-in controller must meet the following conditions:
- Must be designed to control power to a block heater, battery blanket, or another vehicle pre-heating system other than a cabin heater.
- Must be programmable and must regulate the power to the system based on current outdoor temperature (not by time alone).
- Required temperature settings:
- No power to the system above −12°C for diesel vehicles or −17°C for gasoline vehicles (can be set lower).
- Continuous, full power only below −35°C for all vehicles (can be set lower).
- Intermittent or limited power between these temperatures.
- If possible, the program should include a delay of two hours between when the vehicle is plugged in and when power is supplied to the system.
- Required temperature settings:
|Automated vehicle plug-in controller||50% of purchase cost, up to $150|
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.
|Exterior wall insulation||Up to $4,000|
|Ceiling insulation||Up to $750|
|Exposed floor insulation||$250|
|Basement insulation||Up to $1,250|
|Basement header insulation||$250|
|Crawlspace insulation||Up to $1,000|
A home that’s designed to be energy-efficient can save you money right from the start.
|New home that uses at least 50% less heating energy than an EnerGuide typical new house||$2,500|
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.
How to Apply
Apply Online – Energy-Efficient Product Rebates
Apply for an Insulation Rebate
Download the PDF application form below.
We strongly recommend getting your application pre-approved before you start your insulation upgrade. Pre-approval guarantees that we can set rebate funding aside for you. Before you begin upgrading your insulation, contact us to discuss your plans. An energy advisor can help you complete the application form.
Apply for a New Home Rebate
Before applying for a rebate on an energy-efficient new home, you will need to book a home energy evaluation. Once your evaluation is complete, your energy advisor will give you the rebate application form.
Program 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 new home rebates, a home must have received an EnerGuide home evaluation label. 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 receive 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, ECM pumps and automated vehicle plug-in controllers (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 receive 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 , ECM pumps and automated vehicle plug-in controllers (see below). For example, you can apply for rebates on up to five refrigerators per year.
- With approval of the AEA’s Executive Director, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous and community governments can receive more than five rebates per AEA fiscal year on the following appliances: clothes washers, refrigerators, ventless dryers and freezers. Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Such rebates will be limited to a maximum of $50,000 per AEA fiscal year. The value of the rebates you receive for these appliances will count toward the maximum annual rebate amount you can receive under the applicable building improvement rebate program.
- 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.
- Individual residents can receive rebates on up to five ECM pumps and five automated vehicle plug-in controllers in a year. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous and community governments can receive rebates on up to 25 ECM pumps and 25 automated vehicle plug-in controllers in a year.
- 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.
- Customers who purchase eligible LED lighting, refrigerators, clothes washers or chest freezers at Northern or NorthMart stores in the following communities will have their rebates applied at the checkout, and do not have to submit a rebate application to the AEA.
- Fort Good Hope
- Fort Liard
- Fort McPherson
- Fort Providence
- Fort Simpson
- Norman Wells