Energy Star-rated oil-fired boilers with an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of 85 per cent or more; Energy Star-rated warm air furnaces with an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of 83 per cent or more; Indirect water heater used with an Energy Star-certified oil hot water boiler; Energy Star-rated indirect water heaters installed in conjunction with an Energy Star boiler. Conserve Nova Scotia’s efforts in promoting energy efficiency has earned the province an award from Natural Resources Canada. The province’s energy-efficiency agency received the 2007 Energy Star Promotional Campaign of the Year Award, today, Oct. 29, at a ceremony in Ottawa. The award recognizes the agency’s two-phased Retire Your Furnace rebate program that helped offset the cost to purchase qualifying energy-efficient oil appliances. The program helped more than 3,500 Nova Scotians reduce home-heating costs by up to 35 per cent and cut greenhouse-gas emissions. “Retire Your Furnace was Conserve Nova Scotia’s first program and we’re extremely pleased with the success and recognition it has received,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Energy-efficiency programs like this will help us reach our goals of having one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” To promote the rebate program and the Energy Star label, the campaign targeted Nova Scotia homeowners through print, radio and cable television ads and direct mail. The internationally recognized Energy Star label represents an energy-efficiency standard and helps consumers easily identify energy-efficient products. Under the program’s first phase, Nova Scotians were eligible for up to $500 in provincial government rebates. The rebates applied to four different oil-heat systems: Conserve Nova Scotia partnered with the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Oil Heat Association on the second phase of the rebate program. The association offered additional rebates of up to $250 on the qualifying systems, excluding indirect water heaters. “The Canadian Oil Heat Association was pleased to partner with Conserve Nova Scotia on this project,” said Steven Wilson, chair of the Canadian Oil Heat Association and president of Kerr Heating Products. “We’re very proud to have been recognized with a national award for helping to deliver energy savings to Nova Scotians.” The $1.1-million Retire Your Furnace rebate program finished March 31, 2007. Nova Scotians interested in rebates for home heating systems can qualify for incentives under the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program and the ecoENERGY program, administered by Natural Resources Canada.