Alyssa Heuchert, Author at Efficiency Manitoba



In October 2022, we celebrated BDC Small Business WeekTM by featuring a handful of Manitoba small businesses who are playing an important role in supporting economic growth. 

We recently talked to five businesses who received energy efficiency upgrades through our Small Business Program and Indigenous Small Business Program. Here’s what they had to say about their experience and how their upgrades are helping them save energy, reduce their energy bills, and grow their business. 


Nicole Nagy, the owner of Quarry Pets in Stonewall, was looking to improve the lighting in her pet store. By participating in our Small Business Program, she was able to upgrade 136 of her linear lamps to LED. Not only will this upgrade help her save an estimated $400 on her energy bills, but we also covered 70% of the cost. This leaves her with more money to put back into her business.  

“Energy efficiency is important to me and my business because I feel it is important to save wherever I can,” said Nicole. “I pay a lot on my energy bills for this old building, and redoing the lighting has made a difference already.”   

Because Nicole’s business is located in an older building, she’s looking forward to taking on additional energy efficiency projects.  

“Saving in one place will help me pay for more efficiency building improvements like re-insulating the walls, as I currently have done with a portion of the building. Efficiency Manitoba’s programs also help me address the rising costs in other areas of my business. Where I can save in one area, I can afford the extra expenses in other.”  

Nicole Nagy


Equip Wellness Collective, located in Winnipeg’s sunny St. James neighbourhood, is dedicated to providing products for massage therapy and alternative health practitioners. They’re open to the public and offer a multitude of holistic and natural lifestyle products. We helped them upgrade to an energy-efficient lighting system by providing an incentive of nearly $1,600. In the end, they only had to pay $558 to enjoy a better-lit workspace that will save money on their energy bills for years into the future.  

“When the sales team explained the program, it was an easy choice to upgrade the lighting in our warehouse space,” said Vanessa Stiles, owner of Equip Wellness Collective. “The cost savings made it possible to complete the project that otherwise would have been put off until we could afford it.  

“Everything was communicated clearly, the work was completed in a timely manner, and we’re so grateful to reduce our overall energy bills, plus have better lighting in our workspace. I’d recommend this program to any small business owner!”  


Our ongoing project with the Rural Municipality of West Interlake is unique in that we’re helping to upgrade multiple businesses in Ashern and Eriksdale. An arena, a fire hall, a museum…there’s lots of opportunities to make energy efficiency upgrades and help the RM cut their energy consumption and costs.  

We helped the RM of West Interlake install basic energy-saving devices, such as LED bulbs and low-flow bathroom aerators, kitchen aerators, and spray valves in eight businesses. Many of these buildings are also scheduled to receive smart thermostats and more extensive lighting, which will result in an estimated combined incentive of over $19,000.  

“The significant savings and generous cost sharing options offered through Efficiency Manitoba allowed us to complete these upgrades within our budget. Without this assistance, we would not have been able to tackle this amount of work on our own.”  

Clayton Gibson
Economic Development Officer
RM of West Interlake

When we help Manitobans make energy efficiency improvements, we want to leave them feeling satisfied by the entire process—and Clayton was certainly satisfied.  

“It was a pleasure to work with Efficiency Manitoba and their partners to complete our projects from start to finish. These upgrades will have a positive impact on our community’s energy usage for years to come.”  


Bob Tuck, owner of PlayAll Awards in Winnipeg, was grateful that we offered a full-service solution to help him lower his energy costs through the Premium Upgrades of our Small Business Program. 

“As a small business owner whose industry was hit extremely hard by the pandemic, we are always looking at ways to save money and move forward,” Bob told us.   

Luckily, through our Small Business Program, we were able to help by upgrading 120 of their linear lamps to LEDs and replacing their existing thermostat to an ecobee smart thermostat. On top of the energy savings and lower operating costs PlayAll Awards will appreciate from these upgrades, Bob was eager to share how seamless the entire process was.  

“We were excited to be part of this program and not only was it easy to navigate and communicate but the technicians were extremely professional.”  


Teekca’s Boutique participated in our Indigenous Small Business Program. They carry a wealth of gifts, crafts, and other goods created by Indigenous artisans. They have expanded to operate in six locations across Manitoba – and they were looking for some upgrades to be made to their store on St. Matthews Avenue in Winnipeg. Our team was able to identify opportunities to improve the store’s energy efficiency and reduce the energy bills.  

In total, we installed two bathroom faucet aerators, 30 LED linear lamps, and an ecobee smart thermostat. The incentive we provided Teekca’s Boutique covered the entire cost of their upgrades, so owner Marilyn Tanner-Spence will enjoy energy savings and a better-lit shop for her customers at no cost.  

“I am very happy that I participated in the Indigenous Small Business Program because it helped me to have my lighting upgraded. I always worried about the waste of electricity using inefficient lighting. Today the store is brighter and more welcoming. Even installing a smart thermostat helps me to save money – if I forget to turn the temperature down, I can easily do it by using my phone.”  

Marilyn Tanner-Spence

Want to improve the energy efficiency of your small business? Learn more about our Small Business Program and Indigenous Small Business Program. 



Do you own or manage a multi-unit residential building? Are you thinking about ways to reduce maintenance and operational expenses? Keep energy efficiency in mind! We have programs available for property managers and owners of multi-unit residential buildings that can provide energy- and bill-saving opportunities while increasing tenant comfort, satisfaction, and retention. 

Here’s how we can help you access these savings. 


Our In-Suite Energy Efficiency Program helps property managers and owners of multi-unit residential buildings improve energy efficiency through a variety of in-suite measures. 

With our free Basic Upgrade, you can get A-line LED bulbs, low-flow showerheads,  kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, air sealing products, and other improvements, all at no cost! Not only are the energy-saving devices free, our program service provider, Ecofitt, will install them free of charge. 

We also offer incentives of up to $250 for smart thermostats and advanced heat recovery ventilator (HRV) controls. Ecofitt coordinates these upgrades, and a certified electrician completes the installations. 


If you’re looking to replace old appliances in your multi-unit residential building, or if you’re purchasing appliances for the first time for a new multi-unit residential build, consider our In-Suite Appliance Program.  

We provide rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to property managers and owners of multi-unit residential buildings for their suites: 

  • Clothes washers: $100 
  • Clothes washer/dryer pairs: $150 
  • Refrigerators: $50


We have a new web page that features all our offers that can help property managers and owners save energy and money! Take a look to learn more about these programs and find out if you qualify.



Our Business Lighting Program offers incentives to businesses that make energy-efficient upgrades to the lighting in their buildings.   

Shindico updated the exterior lighting at their Renfrew Place building with assistance from their lighting supplier, Commercial Lighting Products Ltd. And we provided them with an incentive for their upgrade!  


Shindico is a corporate real estate and investment management firm. They manage many buildings across Manitoba, including Renfrew Place at 1760 Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg. This building is home to two restaurants: Enoteca and Kai Ping, along with a Circle K convenience store.   

Shindico replaced the incandescent and metal-halide lighting on the outside walls of their building with new LED fixtures.   

LEDs come in a wide variety of styles to match the aesthetic of your building and use much less energy than older technologies.   


The new exterior lights will result in 7,700 kWh in electricity savings each year! By upgrading their lighting to LED, Shindico will save $400 per year on their energy bill.   

We provided them with an incentive of $540 plus a bonus customer incentive of $135, for a total incentive of $675. We’re currently offering this additional 25% customer bonus on all lighting projects for applications submitted before March 31, 2023.   


Our new online application system, myEM, makes it easy for lighting suppliers and contractors to apply on behalf of a building owner. That’s exactly what Commercial Lighting Products Ltd. did for this project.   

“I love how streamlined the program is now. It’s so much easier to navigate through,” says Sandra Sumner, Associate VP at Shindico.   

Commercial Lighting Products Ltd. is a western Canadian supplier of lighting products. Their lighting specialists identify your project needs and order and deliver materials for your lighting project. They’ve submitted many Efficiency Manitoba applications on behalf of their customers.   

“Commercial Lighting started the process upon receipt of the purchase order, the Property Manager completed some of the building details in the online portal, the electrician installed the lights, and Commercial Lighting submitted the invoice online to Efficiency Manitoba. It doesn’t get much easier than this.”    

Sandra Sumner


Building owners or their lighting suppliers or contractors can apply for financial incentives through the Business Lighting Program on our website. Check out our program guide to see our incentive rates and eligibility requirements. 


We highly encourage you to join our supplier network. You’ll be listed on our website as a registered Efficiency Manitoba supplier and can offer our programs to your customers. You’ll also have access to training opportunities and materials offered by our team of experts and can promote our energy efficiency programs in your advertising. The best part? It’s free to register and participate!  



At Efficiency Manitoba, we’re committed to offering programs and incentives that help all Manitobans save energy and money. One of our programs designed to help businesses improve their energy efficiency is our Building Envelope Program. We offer financial incentives to businesses that make upgrades to their building envelope including roof and wall insulation, windows and doors, and curtain wall systems. So, when Transcona Roofing was approached by Holy Cross School to complete upgrades to the school’s roof, they didn’t hesitate to recommend our Building Envelope Program. 


Holy Cross School, established in 1925, is an independent Catholic school for children in pre-kindergarten to Grade 8. Located at 300 Dubuc Street in St. Boniface, the school has expanded over the years and today has multiple buildings for more than 400 students.  

“Some of the buildings go back to the 1940s, with minor upgrades here and there,” says Adam Kaminski, Director of Operations at Transcona Roofing. “Upgrading the roof insulation was a huge factor because so much heat is lost through the roof.” 

After Transcona Roofing completed the roof insulation upgrades, Holy Cross School will realize 1,900 kWh in electricity savings and 10,000 m³ in natural gas savings each year. They’ll also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 19 tonnes annually – this one project has taken the equivalent of four cars off the road each year.

“We see a lot of waste in our industry and doing whatever we can to lower our carbon footprint or help the environment in any way is a benefit for us as well. We can sleep well knowing we’ve helped in whatever way we can.” 

Adam Kaminski


Besides environmental benefits, Kaminski says a top motivation for Holy Cross School, and other Building Envelope Program participants, is the cost savings. 

“It’s tough to turn down free upgrades,” Kaminski remarks.  

Not only will Holy Cross School save more than $3,100 each year on their annual energy bill thanks to their new roof, we also provided them with an incentive of $26,454 to cover the cost of insulation materials. 


Offering the Building Envelope Program has also been good for Transcona Roofing’s business, Kaminski says. 

“It’s a good way to get in the door with a customer. Everyone is looking to figure out ways to help the environment and lower emissions,” Kaminski tells us. “It might be something that’s not completely visible to the owner, so we can provide that information and knowledge. Realizing that the customer can lower their cost and increase efficiency is sort of an easy sell as a contractor.” 

Transcona Roofing is a full-service roofing and waterproofing contractor. Since 1959, the company has grown from two to more than 100 employees who service Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. 

Over the next 10 years, Kaminski says Transcona Roofing is looking forward to embracing energy-efficient designs.  

“We realize that something has to change. The industry is not sustainable with the way it goes right now,” he says. “I know there are buildings that have energy-efficient designs, whether it’s through a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program or Efficiency Manitoba programs, but the industry as a whole has to do better.”  


Kaminski has worked for Transcona Roofing for seven years. He learned about our Building Envelope Program through our multiple contractor presentations that explained our program and how contractors like Transcona Roofing can get involved.  

“We’ve been promoting the program ever since on any sort of projects that we take on where we see value in both the efficiency and cost to the owner,”  

Adam Kaminski

To determine if the Building Envelope Program is a good fit for a client, Kaminski says Transcona Roofing analyzes the condition of their building’s existing roof, including the age and the current insulation levels. From there, they start the design.  

The Efficiency Manitoba team is available for technical assistance and expertise throughout the project. Kaminski says our representatives have met at the building site to help with the design or clarify how to help the customer optimize their energy efficiency and savings.   

For insulation projects, the program often covers the entire cost of insulation materials. Window and door incentives generally cover the difference in cost between a “regular” window and an energy-efficient window. 


Building owners or their contractors can apply for financial incentives through our Building Envelope Program on our website. We need to approve your project to make sure it meets the eligibility requirements, and you’ll receive your incentive after the upgrades are complete. 


Building owners or their contractors can apply for financial incentives through our Building Envelope Program on our website. We need to approve your project to make sure it meets the eligibility requirements, and you’ll receive your incentive after the upgrades are complete. 


Our fall magazine is on its way to your mailbox with your local newspaper or flyers! 

From new programs and offers to seasonal energy-saving tips, our magazines are a great resource to have on hand for all things energy efficiency. Be sure to keep it on hand as a quick reference whenever you need information about saving energy.


If you haven’t received a magazine or prefer an electronic copy, download the digital version.

Supporting future energy use reduction opportunities through Manitoba-made innovations

Efficiency Manitoba announces applications are now open for year two of Innovation Fund 

Today, Efficiency Manitoba unveiled the seven projects that received funding through the inaugural year of the organization’s Innovation Fund and announced that applications are welcomed under year two of the Fund.  

Colleen Kuruluk, CEO of Efficiency Manitoba, was joined by Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks and Minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba Jeff Wharton today at the site of a new commercial building partnership between Winnipeg-based Quik-Therm Insulation Solutions Inc. and Brandon’s Behlen Industries. Quik-Therm, one of the Efficiency Manitoba Innovation Fund recipients, has developed the Matrix all-in-one composite roofing insulation system that goes up quickly and achieves an R-52 rating without additional insulation, vapour barrier, or exterior sheathing. The effective R-value, the number used to determine insulation efficiency, is expected to be three to four times better than conventional pre-engineered systems. The system offers cost savings compared to conventional steel-framed designs. 

“An innovative product that reduces the need for electricity and natural gas energy is being proven through funding from Efficiency Manitoba,” said Minister Wharton. “We’re already talking about jobs and exports in addition to the energy savings and environmental benefits. This is a definition of a win-win.” 

“We’re excited about the early results from this project. The Matrix system offers superior energy saving performance, speeds construction, and is environmentally responsible,” said Quik-Therm President Ted Cullen, adding that the company is already planning on building a manufacturing plant to support future construction projects and technology usage. Behlen Industries manufactures pre-engineered steel buildings that ship worldwide.   

Several of the other Innovation Fund recipients featured also focused on making buildings greener. Bannerman Green Housing Not-for-Profit Co-op received funds to build green community housing; Shared Health Manitoba’s project expects to save energy by ensuring steam trap systems are continuously monitored and issues identified in real time; Summerhill is working with QEAtech and RRC Polytech in using drones and infrared technology to inspect local buildings for heat loss; GEOptimize is working with the Manitoba Métis Federation on embedding heat exchangers into foundation piles; PolySense Solutions Inc. has developed a novel technology to monitor power consumption in industrial settings, laboratories, and hospitals; and the University of Manitoba, Department of Biosystems Engineering is testing a smart vertical farming system that could help deliver fresh foods grown here at home throughout the year.  

“These projects give us a first-hand look at the ingenuity in finding new ways to reduce our electricity and natural gas usage,” said Colleen Kuruluk, CEO of Efficiency Manitoba. “By showcasing these projects, we want to inspire others to submit funding applications this fall to support the future of energy efficiency in Manitoba.” 

The Innovation Fund is now accepting expressions of interest for its second year until November 4. For more information about Efficiency Manitoba’s Innovation Fund, please visit


About Efficiency Manitoba 

Efficiency Manitoba is Manitoba’s newest Crown corporation dedicated to energy efficiency. With legislated long-term energy savings targets to achieve, the organization has over 40 programs and offers available to help Manitobans save energy, money, and the environment. 

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When you get home from spending time in the crisp fall air, you’ll want a warm and cozy space to welcome you. By following these energy-saving tips, your home will be ready for cooler weather and you’ll save on heating costs! 



  • Adjust your thermostat at night and when you’re not at home. In the winter, lower the temperature by 3°C or more for at least eight hours a day to save up to 4% on heating costs. 
  • Consider buying a smart thermostat. It can be controlled remotely to set and adjust the air temperature of your home. It can also learn from your behaviour and will adjust the temperature depending on if you’re home or not. 


  • Schedule regular maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment. Your equipment will last longer and run more efficiently. 
  • Change your furnace air filter every three months. 
  • Clean the exterior air intake vent on your furnace. 


  • If you have a standard-efficiency natural gas furnace, consider replacing it with a new high-efficiency model. 
  • If you have a wood fireplace, make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using your fireplace. That way, warm air won’t escape through your chimney. But don’t forget to open it when you light your next cozy fire! 
  • Minimize the use of space heaters. 

Efficiency Manitoba continues to drive and increase energy savings

Today, following tabling of reports in the Manitoba legislature, Efficiency Manitoba published their 2021/22 Annual Report and Annual Report Supplement, providing a detailed look at their accomplishments during their second year of operations. Reporting also includes financial statements along with independently verified and evaluated 2021/22 energy savings information.

Electric and natural gas energy savings were tabulated by independent assessor Econoler, as required by the Efficiency Manitoba Act. The verified results show that in Efficiency Manitoba’s second year of operations, net electricity savings of 265.3 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and net natural gas savings of 11.85 million cubic metres (m3) were achieved. This represents 77% of Efficiency Manitoba’s annual electric energy savings target and 93% of the annual natural gas savings target.

These energy savings were obtained with approximately 55% of Efficiency Manitoba’s budget, resulting in energy savings achieved more cost effectively than anticipated in the second year of their inaugural three-year efficiency plan.

While pandemic impacts continued through 2021/22, electric energy savings were approximately 17% higher than in 2020/21, while natural gas savings nearly reached the energy savings target for 2021/22 and significantly increased (by 69%) over savings achieved in 2020/21. The natural gas savings realized in 2021/22 also contributed to achieving 93% of planned greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

“Efficiency Manitoba has much to be proud of closing out the 2021/22 fiscal year,” said Dr. Jeannette Montufar, Chair of Efficiency Manitoba’s Board of Directors. “Having officially commenced on April 1, 2020 at the start of a global pandemic, this new organization has succeeded through extraordinary external events, alongside our fellow citizens. Efficiency Manitoba is well-poised to positively contribute to the province’s economic recovery. By being agile and adjusting programs as necessary, creating partnerships with communities, organizations, and the private sector, and making progress on key initiatives, we’re seeing a corresponding increase in customer participation, thereby leading to demonstrable energy savings results.”

At the conclusion of 2021/22, Efficiency Manitoba had over 35 programs and offers available to Manitobans for homes, businesses, and communities. Program enhancements and modifications were also made to directly respond to the pandemic and its associated impacts on customers and suppliers, with an intent to further enable participation and energy savings. Efficiency Manitoba also grew the number of private sector suppliers delivering energy efficiency programs to over 1,000, an over 40% increase relative to the year prior, thus supporting the creation, continuation, and expansion of local green jobs.

“Thank you to the Manitobans who have engaged with us so far. Your willingness to take on energy efficiency projects is critical to our collective work to make Manitoba increasingly more energy efficient,” said Colleen Kuruluk, Chief Executive Officer of Efficiency Manitoba. “This organization built by and for Manitobans focused on energy efficiency is a vital component in achieving provincial and national climate goals and targets. Whether you’re just starting to make energy-efficient choices or if you’ve seen and realized the value through more than one project—no matter where you are in Manitoba and on the energy efficiency journey, we’re here to help you save energy, money, and the environment.”

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Supporting major energy efficiency renovations and savings: Efficiency Manitoba launches deep energy retrofit offers for homes and businesses

Efficiency Manitoba is now offering two new programs for Manitobans who carry out extensive renovation projects that significantly reduce their energy use. Through Home Energy Retrofits and the Commercial Deep Energy Retrofit Program, homeowners and businesses can receive rebates when they plan and complete multiple energy-saving upgrades that result in substantial electricity and/or natural gas savings—often called “deep energy retrofits”

Efficiency Manitoba’s Home Energy Retrofits offers homeowners a rebate of $75 to $150 per gigajoule (GJ) saved as a result of the renovation. Businesses who participate in the Commercial Deep Energy Retrofit Program may be eligible for a rebate of up to $12,000 for energy modelling as well as an incentive of up to $6 per square foot for achieved energy savings. While there will be significant variation in projects under these programs, a typical Home Energy Retrofit project could see an incentive between approximately $10,000 and $15,000, while a typical Commercial Deep Energy Retrofit project could see an incentive of approximately $240,000 to $600,000.

“We are pleased to see Efficiency Manitoba continually launch new programs to support the diverse needs of Manitobans as they relate to energy efficiency,” said Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks and Minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba Jeff Wharton. “The rebates and assistance provided by their deep energy retrofit programs helps make large renovation projects more affordable and accessible to Manitoba homes and businesses, while also stimulating job growth in the energy efficiency industry to provide support services for these types of projects.”

Deep energy retrofits often involve major upgrades to building envelope components of an existing home or building. These upgrades include adding insulation, undertaking detailed air sealing measures, and installing high-performance windows and doors. Many projects also involve replacing or upgrading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, or adding renewables like solar photovoltaic panels.

Home Energy Retrofits requires participants to have an EnerGuide evaluation performed on their home by a Registered Energy Advisor, who will identify and recommend upgrades to maximize energy savings, home comfort, indoor air quality, and resilience. Completing the recommended upgrades can result in energy use reductions between 50 to 100%. Efficiency Manitoba’s rebates can also be stacked with the Canada Greener Homes Grant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Eco Plus program, and other sources of funding and financing to lower the upfront cost of the retrofit project.

With the support of a design professional of their choosing, businesses going through Efficiency Manitoba’s Commercial Deep Energy Retrofit Program will have their entire building’s energy use analyzed with energy modelling software. Energy efficiency enhancements would then be designed specifically for that building to reduce its overall annual energy use by a minimum of 20% upon completing the whole-building renovation.

“Offering programs and rebates for deep energy retrofits is a great way to encourage Manitobans to take a holistic approach and major steps forward on energy efficiency,” said Colleen Kuruluk, Chief Executive Officer of Efficiency Manitoba. “It’s estimated that approximately 70% of existing buildings will still be in active use by 2050, so it’s vital that we take significant action on existing building stock to contribute to energy use reductions in Manitoba.

“If a homeowner or business owner is looking to significantly reduce their energy use, the technical support and financial incentives we provide ensure they’re able to do so at a reduced cost in a single project. We’re committed to making energy efficiency upgrades easier and more affordable for all Manitobans, and these two new programs will contribute to this commitment.”

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Efficiency Manitoba launches initiative to educate the next generation of energy savers

Efficiency Manitoba is introducing an exciting new initiative to bring the conversation and passion around energy efficiency and sustainability to Manitoba classrooms. The initiative, called Generation E, is designed to teach students about the importance of saving energy while empowering them to make choices that contribute to a greener, more energy-efficient future.

To complement the Manitoba science curriculum, lesson plans and interactive activities initially geared towards Grade 6 and 9 students are available to teachers on a dedicated website. Simple resources have also been developed for elementary school teachers to introduce their students to basic concepts related to energy efficiency.

“I am pleased to see Efficiency Manitoba empowering students and teachers to engage in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability,” said Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks and Minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba Jeff Wharton. “This initiative will encourage students to become lifelong advocates for saving energy and the important work Efficiency Manitoba does with Manitobans to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption in our province.”

In addition to educational resources, teachers across Manitoba now also have access to Efficiency Manitoba’s Generation E outreach coordinator, who is looking forward to educating students about energy efficiency. They will be reaching out to schools, delivering presentations in classrooms, and helping teachers use the online resources.

“Young people are attuned to the growing impacts of climate change. Generation E will help them grow their passion and show them that energy efficiency is an effective way to be more informed consumers of energy while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Colleen Kuruluk, Chief Executive Officer of Efficiency Manitoba. “Engaging educators in our work, we look forward to growing the knowledge base of our next generation of energy savers.”

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