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Report
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning
Maintenance &
Replacement Program
Presentation to Energy Star Conference
May 4, 2006
Warren Heeley
Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Institute of Canada
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Overview
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Background and Program Objectives
Homeowner Incentive
Contractor Obligations and Tune-up Checklist
Advertising and Promotion
Roles and Responsibilities
Program Benefits and Conclusions
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
AC Program background
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Ontario summer electricity peak highly correlated to residential cooling
No. of households with central AC systems – approx. 2 million
Annual maintenance can greatly improve on-going energy efficiency of CAC
systems, but not commonly done (10% or less)
Percent of Ontario households with air conditioning
source: NRCan residential energy use database
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Room AC units
Central AC units
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
AC Program goal
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To reduce the summer electricity demand and electricity
consumption associated with residential and commercial air
conditioning in Ontario
2006
2007
2008
Residential AC
Residential AC
Residential AC
Commercial AC
Commercial AC
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Spring 2006 program objectives
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Increase the number of homeowners who
• have their CAC system professionally maintained
annually
• have their CAC system professionally maintained
prior to start of main cooling season (June 30th )
• have programmable/set-back thermostats installed
with their CAC systems
Increase awareness of energy efficient air conditioning
units, in particular, those that are ENERGY STAR
qualified
Encourage residential customer to purchase ENERGY
STAR qualified system, when existing system needs
replacing
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Homeowner incentives
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Incentives to homeowners are:
• $50 rebate on CAC tune-ups prior to June 30th
• Up to $75 rebate on purchase and installation of a
programmable thermostat by contractor during tune-up visit
(i.e. rebate covers full cost to make it ‘free’) prior to August
31st
• $500 rebate on purchase of new energy efficient cooling
system (Energy Star qualified – 14 SEER or higher, both
indoor and outdoor coils) prior to August 31st
All incentives are mail-in rebates. Customers will send in forms
provided by contractor during the tune-up or installation visit
Tune-up rebate not offered to homeowners on service contracts
at outset of program – draw for Energy Star qualified appliances
(or similar prize) for these homeowners as reward for EE
stewardship
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Contractor Obligations
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contractors must register to participate in the
program (HRAI-members and non-members
eligible) and verify business and trade qualifications
contractors and technicians must complete on-line
program orientation course
contractors must complete standard tune-up
program checklist
contractors must complete administrative forms as
required by the program and provide to homeowner
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Tuneup Checklist
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Technician initially inspects unit to determine its age and
the potential need for replacement – informs homeowner
where replacement recommended including incentive for
Energy Star qualified system
Tuneup checklist includes both inside and outside the
home steps including inspection and cleaning of outdoor
coil and system, operation of unit and use of gauges to
determine electrical and refrigeration operating
parameters and recording of these values
Indoor portion of system includes inspection and
maintenance of furnace fan including filter, inspection of
electrical components, measurement and recording of
airflow temperatures and refrigeration system parameters
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Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Tuneup Checklist
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A programmable thermostat is offered and installed by
the contractor when there is none in the home
When homeowner agrees to replacement with an
Energy Star qualified air conditioning system, make,
model, SEER rating and the serial numbers of the coils
are listed on the program forms for verification by the
fulfillment company
in all cases, the existing system make, model, SEER
rating and serial numbers are recorded
Other general information included on the program forms
(checklist) include contactor registration number,
technician name and certificate of qualification number
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Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Advertising and Promotion
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OPA Conservation Bureau launching direct mail
campaign to all Ontario households in late-April, in
cooperation with LDCs
Information on the AC Program will be included in the
mail out package
 Links to AC program public website
 Toll-free call centre for homeowners to find local
participating contractor
Registered contractors to mail program information to
customer lists
Broad advertising campaign in newspapers across the
province
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Roles and responsibilities
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Program registered
contractors
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Overall program design, management and
execution
Program funding
Management of
 Development of standard tune-up ‘check-list’
 Contractor recruitment, training and
registration
 On-line training tool design and development
 Customer rebate redemption process
Front line marketing
Completion on-line orientation & registration
process (both HRAC-members and non-members
eligible)
Complete tune-ups and administrative processes
according to program requirements
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Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Program benefits
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For the homeowner:
• Reduced electricity use/bills from cooling
• Increased awareness of energy efficient cooling systems (Energy
Star qualified)
• Financial incentives
For contractors:
• Increased focus on sales of Energy Star qualified systems and
larger number of homeowners in maintenance programs
For Conservation Bureau:
• Energy & demand reductions
• Increased public awareness of energy efficient AC units and the
need for regular tune-ups
• Increased participation in other Conservation Bureau
programs
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Conclusions
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Increasing the percentage of Ontario homeowners who have
regular maintenance on their central air conditioning systems
can provide significant demand reduction and energy savings
to the homeowner (up to 14%) as well as provide an annual
opportunity for contractors to educate homeowners on merits
of moving to Energy Star qualified systems
Three year commitment to program will provide opportunities
to improve content and operations in years 2 and 3 as well as
use residential experiences to shape commercial phase of
program
HRAI structure and contractor membership in excellent
position to partner with utilities or governmental organizations
on comprehensive energy efficiency incentive programs that
include Energy Star qualification as standard for replacement
of existing systems
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Conclusions
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The “Cool Savings” program will provide future tools
for the HVAC contractor community and raise public
awareness of the standard benchmarks used in the
maintenance and replacement of residential air
conditioning systems to optimize energy efficiency
(sizing, air circulation, refrigerant charging, etc.)
The wider use of these installation and service
benchmarks will provide a natural “test bed” for the
Energy Star Air Conditioning and Heat Pump
installation verification program to be introduced in
2007
OPA/HRAI “Cool Savings”
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Replacement Program
Thank you!
For more information on the program please contact:
Warren Heeley
HRAI
[email protected]
Ph. 905-602-4700 or 1-800-267-2231 ex. 227
www.hrai.ca
Websites
www.coolsavingsrebate.ca
www.conservationbureau.on,ca

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