Solar panel rebates coming soon

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Thanks to initiatives like the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program and On-Farm Solar PV Program, solar uptake has doubled in the province since 2015. The Residential and Commercial Solar Program keeps that momentum going.

Starting this summer, this program will provide $36 million in rebates for solar panel installation on residential and commercial properties.

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Myths and realities of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan – Part 3

Beaumont, Alberta photographed in May, 2015.

Beaumont, Alberta photographed in May, 2015.

This is the third in a series of posts addressing myths and realities of the Climate Leadership Plan. Part 1 covered estimated household costs, rebates and emissions reductions. Part 2 covered consultation and energy costs.

Myth #6: The government will be going door-to-door or cold calling Albertans to offer energy efficiency products through the Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program.

Reality: Albertans will be able to participate in the program only if they contact Energy Efficiency Alberta directly and make an appointment. Appointments are scheduled so that homeowners know when to expect a visit from an installer. Due to government legislation, which bans the door-to-door sales of energy products, an installer cannot come to your door uninvited.

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Alberta’s 5 Most Romantic Animals of 2017

When we think of Alberta’s wildlife we don’t always think about the birds and the bees. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for some added romance. Here are our picks for this year’s five most loving, though not always the most lovable creatures.

1) Ord’s Kangaroo Rat

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Looking for love and romance!

You may be thinking, ‘What self-respecting Valentine looks for a rat?’, never fear: these unique creatures aren’t rats at all!

The Ord’s kangaroo rat can be found in southern Alberta, not far from Medicine Hat in the Suffield area. Their population is in extreme threat, with less than 400 left in the province. They live in sandy areas where roads, crops and climate change have drastically reduced their habitat.

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New grant program furthers action on climate change

climategrantprogram_v5_tw_13The provincial government is investing $600,000 to support all Albertans – young and old, rural and urban – as they learn about and work together to address climate change.

The Community Environment Action grant program will help non-profit groups design and deliver projects that will help Albertans understand the effects of climate change and why action is important. They will also provide opportunities for communities and individuals to come together to work and make decisions to help reduce emissions.

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Alberta’s Merry Migrators: Winter is not always for the songbirds!

This is part one of a four part series on migrators.

When winter arrives, animals have only a few choices: migrate to a warmer place, hibernate, or cope with the conditions. Last year’s blog series featured different types of hibernators. This year we are going to profile some species that head south and explain why the change in locale is necessary for survival.

Black throated green warbler

Black-throated green warbler

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Reducing energy use and saving money – Heating your home

farm-snowAlberta winters. Whether you love them or hate them or fall somewhere in between, we can probably agree on one thing: they can be long, cold and difficult – including on your pocketbook. So what can you do to keep your home warm and cozy while reducing energy use and saving money? Here are a few simple, no- or low-cost suggestions to consider.

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Alberta leads the way on energy efficiency

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The release of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel’s final report today means Alberta now has a long-term vision for energy efficiency.

The panel heard from hundreds of Albertans, including individuals, non-profit groups, businesses and First Nations. Their voices helped shape a path forward for the province that includes practical initiatives to help people reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Working to fortify the Castle

2017-01-18_12-29-09The newly created Castle Provincial Park and expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park are two of the most important natural sites in Alberta.

These areas are part of a unique ecosystem that is internationally recognized for its biodiversity and landscapes, and encompasses headwaters that supply one third of the water in the Oldman Watershed.
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Reducing energy use and saving money – Appliances and electronics

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There’s a lot of talk these days about energy efficiency, and you may be wondering what you can do around the house to reduce energy consumption and save money. Here are a few tips related to appliances and electronics.

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An Avalanche of Information on Winter Safety

avalanche-day-signAvalanche Awareness Day is a national celebration of Canada’s avalanche safety expertise. Each year Alberta Parks hosts this event in Kananaskis Country.

Alberta Avalanche Actualities

There are an average of 15 to 20 “avalanche involvements” reported to Alberta Parks every season. An “avalanche involvement” may include a person(s) caught and buried (or partially buried) in an avalanche that is either injured or uninjured. However, we suspect that many more avalanche involvements occur each year that go unreported. Our staff perform avalanche control using explosives to mitigate avalanche risk to the highways within the Kananaskis Region. This occurs an average of 3 to 4 times per season. Continue reading