The City will consider a program that would allow low-interest loans for energy efficiency improvements

“I think we’ve seen through Hat Smart, there’s a lot of motivation to improve our homes and the amenities inside our homes to become greener and more efficient, and it would do a similar thing, in that sense that Hatters would have access to funding that would be repaid through property taxes,” she said.

The City of Edmonton and Town of Rocky Mountain House have already implemented the program, while the Town of Brooks, Town of Banff and Cochrane are in early stages.

In order to get the program up and running, the city will need to engage with the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation, conduct market research and draft a bylaw that is subject to Council approval. The process takes about two years.

At the council meeting, Councilor Robert Dumanowski said he had already seen strong interest from residents and wondered if the city could implement the program more quickly.

“It’s a game-changer for a lot of people, I’ve heard that,” he said.

The city said it wants to implement the program as soon as possible, but noted that the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation is experiencing congestion due to high interest from other communities in the program.

“We are somewhat on their timeline but we would look to be as ready as possible to make sure it is as short a period as possible,” said managing director of strategic management and analytics Rochelle Pancoast.

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