So much more than lightbulbs

Jobs in energy efficiency sector thrive due to interest in efficiency programs

Christina didn’t expect to find her dream job in Calgary. Born in Edmonton, she moved back to Alberta to complete her MBA at the University of Calgary after living in California for 10 years.

“I was really fortunate because I was doing my MBA in Energy Management and Sustainability,” said Christina. “I really lucked out finding a job with a company that does work I care about.

“For me, it’s like a dream.”

Christina is a Regional Program Coordinator for Ecofitt, the company hired to manage Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program. This program provides in-home installations of practical, energy efficient products by trained technicians, at no cost to Albertans.

But according to Christina, the program’s benefits extend beyond installing energy-efficient products.

“It’s so much more than just the lightbulbs. Those are just things that anyone can buy. It’s the conversation around it and the introduction into future programs, even if we don’t have all of the details yet.”

And Albertans are embracing these benefits. Since starting in March, Christina has witnessed first-hand the rapid growth in the energy efficiency sector, and in Ecofitt itself.

“We’re growing so fast. When I started, there were maybe 20 people working for Ecofitt, but now we have 150. And that’s only in a short few months.”

The company continues to hire about 20 new employees each month to keep up with Albertans’ appetite for the program. In fact, within the first 5 months of the program, resident registration has doubled initial annual projections.

And increased participation results in increased energy savings.

“To be able to reach 130,000 people and the amount of energy that we’re saving…it might be kind of difficult for some people to comprehend, but we’re making a huge impact. And we’ve just gotten started.”