Manitobans can now save more energy-and money-through Manitoba Hydro’s newest Power Smart promotion.

Along with the return of instant rebates on energy-saving LED bulbs, Power Smart now offers instant rebates on a number of other new energy-efficient technologies.

From September 30 until October 31 at participating retailers province-wide, consumers can get instant rebates on LED fixtures, lighting controls, smart power bars, plug-in timers, low-flow showerheads, weatherstripping and window insulating film kits.

And until January 31, 2017, customers will receive a Manitoba Hydro bill credit for the purchase of a “smart thermostat” and/or ENERGY STARĀ® certified washing machine or washer/dryer pair. Customers can purchase eligible products from any retailer of their choice, or buy online, and then visit Manitoba Hydro’s website to apply for their rebate.

Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi connected devices that provide a greater degree of control over a home’s temperature settings. Many smart thermostats can learn individual heating and cooling preferences and detect indoor humidity and weather patterns to optimize warmth and comfort.

Unlike manual and programmable thermostats, smart thermostats use algorithms to make heating and cooling suggestions, generate reports, and notify a homeowner of possible system events and performance issues.

Since the first LED rebate program launched in the fall of 2014, more than 85,000 households have purchased ENERGY STARĀ® certified LED bulbs, saving approximately $3.6 million a year on their electricity bills. LED bulbs use 80 per cent less energy than incandescent lights.

“Our customers have responded overwhelmingly to our earlier promotions by purchasing and using energy-efficient LEDs in their homes,” said Lloyd Kuczek, Vice-President of Customer Care & Energy Conservation for Manitoba Hydro.

“Our goal with this new promotion is to continue to help our residential customers learn more about other energy-efficient technologies so they can lower their energy bills. These items are easy for most homeowners to use and they will see the benefits almost immediately.”

Retailers participating in the instant rebate promotion this October are: Ace Canada, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Co-op grocery stores, Co-op home centres, Costco, EG Penner, Grunthal Lumber, Home Hardware, London Drugs, McMunn & Yates Building Supplies, Robinson Lighting, RONA and RONA Home & Garden, The Home Depot, and WM Dyck & Sons.