The success of the Taking Action to Manage Energy (TAME) Buildings Initiative has prompted the government of Alberta to boost funding for rebates by 25 per cent to meet demand.
The additional funds will enable the completion of energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings that have qualified. However, it will not be enough to extend the program to all the municipalities who have expressed interest in the TAME incentives.
The results of the TAME Buildings Initiative have proven that energy efficiency pays off – even without the incentives.
For example, the Town of Black Diamond completed energy efficiency upgrades to its Oilfields Arena last summer. By replacing the hot water heater and furnaces, the Town’s already energy efficient Oilfields Arena was improved by over 10 per cent. The return on their investment is estimated to be nearly 9 per cent. The cost of the upgrades will be fully recovered with reduced energy costs in less than six years.
The original call for participation earlier this year sold out quickly, in part because of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) staff provided help to project participants at every step of the way. The MCCAC administers the TAME Buildings Initiative.
Following up on the success of the municipal buildings initiative, the MCCAC has launched a new TAME program for Outdoor Lights, again on a first come, first served basis.
To learn more about the TAME initiative and for information about the Outdoor Lights program see the MCCAC website
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