Home renovation rebates

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Get up to $10,000 in rebates for energy-efficient upgrades to the insulation, windows, space and water heating.

Making energy-efficient upgrades won't just help you with reducing energy costs for years to come. You'll also benefit from increased home comfort, all year round. Your savings will go further when you make multiple upgrades and increase the efficiency of your home.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for home renovation rebates:

  • You must have a current residential account with BC Hydro or FortisBC. Electrically-heated homes served by local municipal utilities, such as New Westminster, within the service territories of BC Hydro or FortisBC are also eligible.
  • You must have either a single-family detached home, duplex, row home, townhouse (with its own utility meter), or a mobile homes on a permanent foundation.
  • The upgrades must be made at a year-round primary residence with a minimum of 12 months utility billing history.
  • The upgrades need to be completed by a licensed contractor with a valid B.C. business licence for the relevant work.

Rebates available

Each upgrade must meet the eligibility criteria for the product and installation. Make sure you review the criteria before beginning your home renovation project or submitting your application.

Primary space heating

Upgrade Rebate available
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Mini Split (single head installation) (HSPF ≥10, SEER ≥18) $1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Multi Split (multi-head installation) (HSPF ≥9.3, SEER ≥16) $1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Central System (HSPF ≥9.3, SEER≥16), "Tier 2" $2,000


Water heating

Upgrade Rebate available
Electric heat pump water heater $1,000


Insulation and windows (building envelope)

Upgrade Rebate available
Attic insulation $0.02 x R-value added x sq ft
Maximum $900
Basement/crawlspace insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Exterior wall cavity insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Exterior wall sheathing insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Other insulation $0.07 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,000
Windows/doors: U-Factor 1.40 – 1.23 (W/m2-K)* $50 per window or door, maximum rebate $1,000
Windows/doors: U-factor 1.22 (W/m2-K) or less $100 per window or door, maximum rebate $2,000


If you complete two or more eligible upgrades, you may qualify for bonus offers of up to $2,000.

Offer Details
Two Upgrade Bonus Install any two of the above upgrades within 18 months and receive a $300 bonus.
Home Energy Improvement Bonus
  • To receive this bonus, you'll need to complete a pre and post- upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation by a program certified energy advisor.
  • Install any three of the above upgrades within 18 months and receive $20 per % gigajoule change based on your EnerGuide report
  • Maximum rebate is $2,000
EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate
  • Complete a pre and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation by a program certified energy advisor program
  • $300 rebate


An EnerGuide home evaluation provides a customized in-home assessment of your home's energy use and provides access to additional rebates

Performed by an energy advisor licensed by Natural Resources Canada, this evaluation gives you a comprehensive look at your home's energy performance and establishes EnerGuide label rating for your home. It will help you make decisions and prioritize which upgrades will save you on energy costs and make your home more comfortable.

And it gets better – if you complete your EnerGuide home evaluation with a program qualified energy advisor, you may be eligible for more rebates:

  • $300 EnerGuide Home Evaluation – This rebate is funded by the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada
  • The Home Energy Improvement Bonus is based on the percent reduction in your home’s energy use when you complete 3 or more eligible Upgrades. This rebate is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada

For information about an EnerGuide home evaluation, visit BetterhomesBC.ca.

It's important to us you get the most out of your home renovations and rebates. So before you start your upgrades, we recommend you read through the criteria for the product and installation to ensure that your upgrade is eligible for the rebates.

List of all criteria for each upgrade and rebate

Resources to help you get started

If you have questions about energy efficiency upgrade options, products and technologies that are right for your home, or available rebates to make your projects more affordable, pick up the phone or go online to connect with a knowledgeable energy coach for free. You will be provided with building science-based information about the options and opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Keep this resource in mind throughout your renovation as the energy coach can answer your questions at all stages of your home energy improvement project. All services are free of charge.

The CleanBC Energy Coach Hotline is funded by the Province of B.C.

Using a registered contractor for your home renovation project can offer many benefits – and you'll be eligible for rebates. We recommend that you get multiple quotes and consider different systems to determine the product and service provider that best meets your needs.

There are many ways to start your search in finding a contractor – referrals from friends and family, local advertising, and online searches. BetterhomesBC.ca has some great tips on finding and retaining a contractor, including:

Use Program Registered Contractor

BC Hydro and FortisBC have partnered to educate contractors on best business practices for applying insulation and heat pump installation. In order to become a Program Registered Contractor, a firm must complete our best practice and rebate program training. BC Hydro does not represent or guarantee any of the work performed by the Program Registered Contractors and is simply offering training in order to better educate contractors. Visit BetterhomesBC.ca to find one near you. You may select a contractor from this list, or select your own qualified contractor.

Using a Program Registered Contractor is optional and not required to receive a rebate.

What you need to know before you apply

Key steps to keep in mind before you apply:

  • Ensure your renovations meet our product eligibility requirements. Read the terms and conditions [PDF, 371 KB].
  • Ensure you have all your receipts/invoices.
  • Read the invoice and supplemental information [PDF, 141 KB] requirements for details.
  • Keep your electric and gas utility account number on hand
  • Apply within six months of the upgrade invoice date.

Two Upgrade Bonus

Receive a $300 bonus for completing any two eligible home upgrades.

  • If applying for both rebates together, application must be submitted within six months of the invoice date of the first bonus-eligible upgrade.
  • If applying for rebates as you go, apply for the first rebate within six months of completing first bonus-eligible upgrade, and complete both the first and second eligible upgrade within 18 months of each other.
  • Submit your bonus application within six months of the invoice date of the second eligible upgrade.

Home energy improvement bonus

Complete three bonus-eligible upgrades and receive $20 per percentage reduction in your homes' EnerGuide rating measured in gigajoules per year (GJ/year).

Step 1: Complete your pre-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation with a program qualified home energy advisor.

Step 2: Complete your three or more eligible upgrades. You have 18 months from your pre- evaluation to complete all three upgrades.

Step 3: Complete your post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation to establish your home's new EnerGuide rating.

Step 4: Submit your online application for your home energy improvement bonus within six months of the date of the post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluations.

Requirements:

  • Have your Energy Advisor submit the Energy Advisor supported rebates form after your post-upgrade EnerGuide assessment. Provide your Energy Advisor with your application reference number.

Invoices

Carefully review the Invoice and Supplemental information [PDF, 540 KB] requirements for invoice requirements, a full list of forms and supporting documentation before you submit your rebate applications.

See the sample invoices:

Utility Account Holder Consent Form

If you aren't the BC Hydro account holder at your residence, you must submit the utility account holder consent form [PDF, 2.3 MB] along with your application.

This may be applicable if you renting and your landlord is the BC Hydro account holder.

This 4 minute video will walk you thought the application steps and the information you need before you apply.

After you apply

After you have completed your online application, you will receive an automated email with your application reference number. You can use this number when communicating with us about your application.

Applications may take up to 90 days from the date all required documents are received to process.

Check on the status of your rebate application anytime by using the application status tracker. All you need is your application reference number.

Some rebate applications are randomly selected for a site visit before a rebate payment is issued. The purpose of the site visit is to verify eligibility and the upgrades detailed in your rebate application. The entire visit will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

If your application is selected for a site visit, our contractor, It's On Electric, will contact you with further instructions. Please make your best effort to schedule the visit, as your application will not be processed until your site visit is complete.

For additional questions about your application, call 1 877 338 3347 or email homerebates@bchydro.com.

For general questions about home energy upgrades and help with project planning, call the CleanBC Energy Coach Hotline 1 844 881 9790.

Ready to apply?

Are your projects complete, you have all your supporting documents and you're ready to apply for your rebates? 

Apply now

The Home Renovation Rebate Program and CleanBC Home Efficiency Rebates is a partnership between BC Hydro, Fortis BC and CleanBC. It is an integrated offer of rebates to help residential customers like you, make energy efficient upgrades that make your home more comfortable year-round, save on energy bills and reduce your greenhouse gases.

For customers this means one application form to receive rebates regardless of who the rebate sponsor is. The process is designed to make it easy to apply and receive your rebate as quickly as possible.

BC Hydro, FortisBC, EfficiencyBC