British Columbians making energy-saving improvements to their homes can save thousands of dollars with new CleanBC efficiency rebates.
The higher rebates are part of a significant expansion of incentives under CleanBC’s Better Buildings program, which makes it easier and more affordable for British Columbians to choose energy-saving products and save money on home and business renovations.
Provincial incentives to help people switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps for space heating have increased by $1,000, bringing the total rebate to $3,000, with additional incentives available in some municipalities. Similar incentives to upgrade doors and windows also increased by $1,000, bringing the total rebate for those upgrades to $2,000.
The Province launched CleanBC in December 2018 to reduce carbon pollution and make life better for people. The plan includes commitments to raise standards for new construction and encourage energy-saving improvements in existing homes and workplaces.
CleanBC is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and supports a commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s targets.
The Province’s CleanBC plan provides up to $14,100 for a home and up to $220,000 for a commercial business to switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and to make building envelope improvements, while saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases.
See the Better Buildings incentives overview section below for the details.
Financial incentives are available for a variety of measures, including replacing fossil fuel (i.e. oil, propane or natural gas) heating systems with an electric air-source heat pump, improving insulation, upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace or installing improved windows and doors that minimize heat loss. For example:
- People who apply for an incentive can receive up to $3,000 (with additional incentives available in some municipalities) for replacing a fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) heating system with an electric air-source heat pump ($1,000 more than before).
- Homeowners planning to upgrade their windows and doors to more energy efficient models may access up to $2,000 in incentives ($1,000 more than before).
- Homeowners can also apply for up to $700 in incentives for highest efficiency natural gas furnaces.
- Commercial building owners can receive up to $20,000 to complete energy studies that identify cost-effective improvements to their building and up to $200,000 for the improvements themselves.
Better Buildings incentives overview
Better Homes Residential Renovation Program:
- As of April 1, 2019, increased incentives for homeowners to upgrade their windows and doors, with more eligible products. Up to $2,000 for windows and doors — $1,000 more than before.
- As of April 1, 2019, increased incentives to switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps for space heating, with more eligible products. Up to $3,000 for an air-source heat pump (with additional incentives available in some municipalities) — $1,000 more than before. This will make it even easier for British Columbians to choose energy-saving products.
- New insulation rebates for homes heated with oil or propane, to complement existing insulation rebates from BC Hydro and FortisBC.
- $1,000 rebate to switch to a heat pump water heater.
- $700 rebate for upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC).
- $300 rebate for hiring an EnerGuide home energy advisor to do a personalized energy assessment of a home ($450 in some partnering municipalities).
- $300 two-upgrade bonus for completing two energy upgrades.
- Home energy improvement bonus of up to $2,000 for homeowners who undertake multiple upgrades and complete energy assessments on their home.
- Free energy coaching services by phone and email to help people make decisions about their renovation project.
- New low-income offer: High-value rebates for high-efficiency furnaces and Energy Star water heaters for income-qualified customers within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC).
Commercial Renovation Program:
- Up to $20,000 for energy studies to identify cost-effective improvements in commercial buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and non-profit housing.
- Whole building, performance-based offer of $40 to $70 per tonne of GHG reductions (up to $200,000), integrated with partner utility and BC Housing offers.
- Eligible upgrades include fuel switching to high-efficiency electric space and water-heating equipment, installing high-efficiency gas-fired space and water-heating equipment, as well as improvements to mechanical systems and building envelopes.
New: Commercial New Construction Program
- Program to support adoption of electric heat pump systems in new commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings.
- Energy feasibility study funding of up to $15,000 to identify the most effective low-carbon electrification opportunities.
- Incentives to help with capital costs, based on modelled emission reduction performance.