Provinces offers rebates for green furnaces

Alberta has announced rebates of up to $600 for consumers who buy energy-efficient furnaces as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gases.

Alberta has announced rebates of up to $600 for consumers who buy energy-efficient furnaces as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gases.

The program will also pay $100 towards the purchase of energy-efficient washing machines and up to $300 for hot water heaters that use less energy.

People who buy new homes are eligible for rebates of up to $10,000 if they purchase energy-efficient homes, and up to $3,150 will be paid for energy upgrades to existing homes.

Similar rebates have been offered to Albertans in the recent past, but the modest programs in 2004 and 2005 were over-subscribed and simply ran out of cash.

Funding for this three-year program has been increased to $36 million.

Rebates of up to $3,000 will be paid to taxi operators who convert their vehicles to a gasoline-electric hybrid.

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