Who is an energy advisor?
An energy advisor is an individual that has been licenced and tested by Natural Resources Canada to perform all of the required modeling, testing, and associated paperwork required to obtain an EnerGuide® rating.
What steps are involved in obtaining an EnerGuide® rating?
- The builder contacts an energy advisor to enroll and label the house in the program.
- The energy advisor completes an analysis of the new house plans, noting components that will affect the energy efficiency of the house (i.e. mechanical equipment, windows, building envelope, insulation levels, etc.), referred to as “Initial Modelling.”
- The energy advisor inputs this information into NRCan's energy simulation software to determine the estimated annual energy usage and EnerGuide® rating for the house as per the plans.
- The energy advisor also provides variations of the simulation that include energy efficient upgrades which improve the energy performance of the home. The energy advisor ensures that good Building Science principles are maintained.
- The "as per plans" rating and the optional energy efficient upgrades are provided to the builder for costing analysis.
- The builder meets with the homeowner to agree on the house specs and energy efficient components that their house will have, and associated costs.
- When construction is complete, the builder calls the energy advisor to verify the energy efficient upgrades in the house and perform a blower door test.
- After data has been collected, the homeowner is provided with the evaluation report and official label that shows the EnerGuide® rating of the home. This label is then be affixed to the electrical panel.
I live outside of Medicine Hat. Am I eligible for the HAT Smart rebates?
Yes, all City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customers are eligible to apply. If you are currently receiving a residential electric bill from the City of Medicine Hat, you are eligible to apply.
Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I submit an application?
All applications are subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application form is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the program, nor payment of the rebate itself. Rebates are based on fully completed application forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete application form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.