Energy Conservation Programs

Energy Conservation Programs

Maintaining energy-efficient buildings allows arts organizations to lower their annual utility costs and contribute to global energy conservation efforts.

ArtsBuild has partnered with nonprofit and private sector organizations to provide you with tools, learning resources and services to help you better understand how to sustainably operate and improve your facilities.  Cutting down on energy makes your arts facility more energy efficient and financially sustainable – achieving greater energy efficiencies and cost savings.

Save ON Energy

Your arts facility may be eligible for Save ON Energy incentive programs. These incentives are available province-wide and are administered through the Local Utility company.

To see what incentives or rebates are currently available, please click here.

Past Programs

Webinar Series

Ledvance Sylvania: Energy Efficient Lighting for Arts Facilities Webinars

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to partner with recognized leaders in the lighting industry Ledvance Sylvania Ltd. to provide a series of Energy Conservation webinars as part of our upcoming Learning Series.

This webinar series covered:

  • The benefits of LED lighting in addition to energy savings, such as light quality and maintenance savings
  • New LED lighting products and applications
  • LED incentives available;
  • Return on investment of LEDs (why upgrading can help you save long-term!)

These webinars also featured success stories of visual and performing arts facilities who have completed an LED Lighting Retrofit Project and sample lighting assessments of arts facilities to demonstrate the estimated cost of transitioning to LED and energy savings available for similarly sized and disciplined facilities.

With Ed Evans, National Account Manager LED, Ledvance Sylvania Ltd. and Sandry Catarino, Account Manager Trade, Ledvance Sylvania Ltd.

Energy Efficient Lighting for Visual Arts Facilities

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Watch the recording 

Energy Efficient Lighting for Performing Arts Facilities

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Watch the recording

Energy Conservation Grant

In February 2016, ArtsBuild offered a limited number of one-time grants of $2,500 towards the cost of a new renovation or project that will result in lowering of your organization’s monthly energy bill. The grant is now closed. Below you will find the short case studies that highlight the benefits of these small grants had on their organization, and the work they did to achieve these results.

Energy Case Studies

Discovery North Bay
Royal Conservatory of Music
Canadian Automotive Museum
Leamington Arts Centre
Orpheus Musical Theatre Society
Fashion History Museum

Audit Support
Our program assisted the organizations below to secure an engineering firm in conducting an energy audit of their facility at a more affordable rate and accessing the OPA audit incentive.

Museum London – Energy Audit Report 
Palace Theatre – Energy Audit Report
Centre In the Square – Energy Audit Report 
National Ballet School – Energy Audit Report
Magnus Theatre – Energy Audit Report 
Roy Thomson / Massey Hall – Energy Audit Report

Small Project Grant
The organizations listed below all received support to complete small energy-related projects that could help reduce their bottom line.

Coleman Lemieux – HVAC upgrade for new space
Muskoka Lakes Museum – lighting project
Children’s Peace Theatre – lighting project
Tarragon Theatre – replace windows
Heritage Mississauga – replace fridge and lighting project
Buddies in Bad Times – replace door and windows
Arraymusic – lighting project
Thunder Bay Art Gallery – replace door
Registry Theatre – lighting project
Art Gallery of Sudbury – install low flow toilets
Georgian Arts – lighting project
Young People’s Theatre – lighting project
Canadian Stage Company – lighting project
Soul Pepper Theatre – lighting project
Leamington Arts Centre – lighting project
Sudbury Theatre Centre – lighting project
Gibson Art Gallery – lighting project

Past Energy Workshops

ArtsBuild made available four Dollars to $ense workshops to the arts sector. We established these workshops to support energy conservation training in the sector.

Next Steps

ArtsBuild is continuing to work hard to find more resources that can support our organizations in completing needed projects, audits and plans – to make their facilities more energy-efficient and reduce their bottom line.