Energy-efficient upgrades to 16.9 per cent of homes is a good start – not a mission accomplished -- according to the NDP, which opposes the SaskParty’s decision to scrap the EnerGuide program.
As the Sask. Party and SaskEnergy are warning homeowners to complete the required evaluations to qualify for the incentive program by the end of June, the NDP said the program should be extended.
"The program is working well, and has a lot more work to do," said Cathy Sproule, NDP critic for the environment and for SaskEnergy.
The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses program began in 2005 under an NDP government and has had greater success, in terms of the percentage of households making energy efficiency upgrades, than any other program in Canada. According to SaskEnergy, 16.9 per cent of Saskatchewan homes completed energy-efficient upgrades with the help of the incentive program. In 2012, Dustin Duncan, then the minister responsible, said the Sask. Party would review and re-evaluate the program in 2013 to make a decision on further extensions.
"EnerGuide lowers monthly utility bills for homeowners while helping the environment – it’s a win-win program the Sask. Party shouldn’t abandon," said Sproule.
The NDP has been critical of the Sask. Party’s overall environmental record. In April 2012, the Sask. Party cancelled the green rebate for fuel efficient vehicles and it has cut 73 per cent of the funding over two years from the provincial environmental strategy.
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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office