Rebate eligibility

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Interested in our home renovation rebates? Please review the general rebate eligibility criteria below to make sure your home is eligible, then check the upgrade-specific eligibility requirements.

Our rebates are targeted at customers with high bills from heating their homes with electricity. Homes heated by electricity use electric baseboards, heat pumps or electric furnaces to heat their home. Using a natural gas fireplace or wood heating will reduce a home’s electricity consumption.

General eligibility

Applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet the program eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Utility account requirements

  • The home must be connected to a current residential utility account with BC Hydro. Electrically heated homes served by local municipal utilities, such as New Westminster, within the service territory of BC Hydro are also eligible.
  • The home must be heated primarily by electricity (hard-wired electric heating systems such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors, or forced-air furnace)
    • A primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21ºC. A fireplace is not eligible as a primary heating system.
  • The home must have 12 months of consecutive utility billing history for the period immediately prior to the installation of the upgrade(s).
  • The rebate applicant must be the utility account holder. If the rebate applicant is not the account holder, the applicant registered property owner must fill out a utility account holder consent form [PDF, 982 KB].

Electricity consumption requirement for electrically heated homes

If your home is electrically heated by BC Hydro, it must meet a minimum electricity consumption requirement to qualify for rebates. Not sure how your home is heated? Use this guide.

Before beginning your upgrades, complete the electricity consumption check to make sure you qualify.

How the consumption check works:

  • You’ll need to know your BC Hydro account number, along with the square footage of your home, which you can find via BC Assessment.
  • It will compare your home’s electricity consumption over the past three years against the average electricity consumption used by homes of the same size.
  • Homes that fall into the average consumption threshold will qualify for rebates.
  • Note: Heat pump water heaters are exempt from the minimum electricity consumption requirement.

Property type

The home must be one of the following types of residential buildings:

  • Single-family home (detached).
  • Single-family home (detached) with a secondary suite, both of which are individually metered.
  • Mobile home that is permanently fixed on a foundation, structurally complete with plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services. Towing apparatus and axle has been removed.
  • Side-by-side or stacked duplex or side-by-side row home or townhouse, each unit with its own natural gas and/or electricity meter. Homes with utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.

The following types of homes are not eligible due to limited energy-saving opportunities:

  • Multi-unit residential buildings such as condominiums, high-rises and apartment buildings.
  • Vacation homes or premises that are not year-round primary residences.
  • Garages, workshops, and outbuildings.
  • New homes built within the last 12 months.

Refer to the rebate eligibility terms and conditions [PDF, 240 KB] for a complete list.

Installation requirements

  • All upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor). Self-installations are not eligible.
  • Rebates cannot exceed the cost on the invoice and the paid cost of the upgrade.
  • Rebates can only be claimed once.
  • All equipment and products installed as part of an upgrade must be new, in good working order, not previously installed in another home or building.
  • You are responsible for safe removal, decommissioning, modification (where applicable), and disposal/recycling of old equipment in accordance with all applicable laws and ensuring the equipment is not resold or reused.

Please refer to the additional terms and conditions [PDF, 159 KB] for a complete list of requirements.

Upgrade-specific eligibility

Now that you've reviewed the general eligibility, take a look at the specific eligibility criteria for the upgrade(s) you're interested in.