Early this week, it was announced that On Bill Financing pilots are coming from Fortis BC and BC Hydro. A regulation under the Clean Energy Act approved by Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman confirms that two (2) energy efficiency On Bill Financing pilots will be launched in the Fall. In terms of location and timing, On Bill Financing pilots have been earmarked for Colwood (BC Hydro) and South Okanagan (Fortis BC) to go live by November 1, 2012.
Following in the footsteps of BC Hydro’s smart metering roll-out, Fortis BC recently filed an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. Released on July 26th, the application outlines the plan for AMI including the costs, the benefits to customers and the public consultation process. Advanced meters or 'smart meters' provide a number of advantages for consumers and the utility alike including real time access to energy information, reduced estimates for billing, quicker notification of outages and electricity theft reduction which costs millions annually.
Are you tired of the 'rules of thumb' approach when it comes to designing a heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system for homes? If so, Ecolighten can help. Earlier this month, we launched our Mechanical Design solution for Builders, Architects, Contractors and Homeowners who desire to achieve optimal heating, cooling and indoor air quality system performance. In fact, our high quality, cost effective and value-added Mechanical Design solution will ensure the HVAC system in your next new construction or major renovation project is done right the first time!
A couple months ago, Ecolighten shared some of the broad strokes on innovative pay-as-you-save (PAYS) financing models that enable consumers to access capital to finance energy-saving home improvements while repaying cost of the loan through the energy-savings on property taxes or utility bills.
With BC Hydro’s province-wide smart metering roll-out well underway, British Columbian’s will have the opportunity to engage with the latest in energy management technology for the home. Known as in-home display's (IHDs) or home energy monitors (HEMs), these devices transmit information from your smart meter to a small portable unit in your home which tells you at a glance, the amount of electricity you’re using and how much it’s costing before your bill arrives in the mail box! But remember, home energy monitors alone don’t save you any money; the savings come from becoming aware of the electricity you’re wasting and changing your energy usage behaviours.
Ecolighten is proud to announce a unique and innovative Mechanical Design service offering for Architects, Builders, Contractors and Homeowners who desire to achieve optimal HVAC system performance. Whether building a custom home or completing a major renovation, there is no question that getting a properly designed HVAC system up front is the best way to avoid potential comfort and performance issues that can arise once an HVAC system has been fully installed and commissioned. From lowering operating costs, to extended equipment life and less maintenance, there are numerous benefits to ensuring an HVAC solution has been properly designed, sized and spec’d well before installation begins.
Ecolighten is pleased to announce a channel partnership agreement with Energent. Ecolighten will represent Energent in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest, by providing Energent's integrated suite of class-leading Energy Management Information System (EMIS) software applications that pinpoint inefficiencies and eliminate energy waste while significantly reducing carbon footprint and operating costs in industrial, commercial and retail buildings.
Last month, Ecolighten had the pleasure to tour an innovative, energy efficient, net zero home that was recently completed in Burnaby. The home is named "Harmony House" and it was designed and built as part of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) EQuilibrium™ project. In short, EQuilibrium™ is a nationwide initiative to design, build and demonstrate sustainable homes across Canada. The objectives of the project is to showcase homes that feature healthy indoor environments, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems and significant resource conservation.
Although energy-efficiency investments are a cost effective means for decreasing energy consumption, enhancing home comfort and reducing utility bills, there still remains a variety of barriers for consumers interested in making energy-saving home upgrades.
The good news is innovative programs are being launched around North America and UK to help remove barriers like high upfront costs and access to financing so homeowners can leverage home retrofits to achieve monetary and energy savings. Known as ‘Pay As You Save’ (PAYS) financing models, the concept is based on spreading the cost of home upgrades over a substantial period of time where the energy savings from a home upgrade helps pay for the financial loan. The PAYS golden rule is the energy savings generated from home upgrades must achieve savings equal to or more than the cost of the repayment terms.
As you’re probably aware, BC Hydro has begun implementing their Smart Metering Program with the installation of 1.8 million smart meters in homes and businesses across British Columbia by December 2012. This is an important first step towards the modernization of BC Hydro’s electricity system but many people are left wondering what the benefit is to homeowners and businesses alike.
Now before understanding the benefits, it’s important to understand the technology. In short, smart meters are digital meters that allow two-way communication between your home’s energy use and the utility. So, instead of estimated billing or a meter reader visiting your home, a smart meter will wirelessly communicate accurate energy usage directly with BC Hydro. In addition, a smart meter is also capable of providing you with ‘real time’ electricity usage on your home. Now, you’ll have the opportunity to manage and monitor your electricity consumption daily instead of getting a monthly bill after you’ve the already used the energy….Imagine that!