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LiveSmart BC home efficiency rebates increased

Among increased incentives under the LiveSmart BC program is a boost of the exterior wall insulation incentive from $400 to $1,500.

Posted by Rob Klovance

The provincial government has announced an extension and increased incentives to its LiveSmart BC program, with more than $7,000 in incentives now available to B.C. homeowners.

The incentive increases, for improvements including insulation, draft-proofing and high-performance windows and doors, are effective April 1, 2011.

The government expects 40,000 new entrants into the program, which includes $150 off an initial energy assessment, which usually costs $350.

Under the program, homeowners must hire a certified energy advisor to conduct an energy-efficiency assessment prior to and after making any eligible improvements. The advisor will handle all the paperwork in applying for provincial incentives after the post-retrofit assessment.

Of the 54 incentives offered under the program, 35 have now been increased, including:

  •  Up to $1,500 for exterior wall insulation, up from $400.
  •  Up to $1,200 for basement insulation, up from $500.
  •  Up to $750 to install attic insulation, up from $310.
  •  Up to $70 per window, door and skylight replacement, up from $40 each.
  •  Up to $500 to replace a supplementary heating system with a pellet burning appliance, up from $250.

LiveSmart BC reports more than 65,000 participants in the program since its inception in 2008.

For more information on the program, see the BC Government release or go directly to the LiveSmart BC program page.

Small business owners should also look into the new LiveSmart BC Small Business Program, which was announced in January.

Rob Klovance is managing editor of bchydro.com and a regular contributor to Unplug This Blog!