Ensure your renovation is eligible

We want to ensure you have a successful rebate application process. So before you complete your home upgrades, read through these requirements to ensure that your upgrade is eligible for our rebates.

Please follow these guidelines:

Improving your home's insulation can be a cost-effective way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Rebate

The rebate amount for each location is determined by where the insulation was installed, the total area (in square feet) of the new insulation added and the R-value of the new insulation.

INSULATION LOCATION Minimum amount of new insulation added REBATE AMOUNT MAXIMUM REBATE
Exterior wall sheathing R3.8 $0.09 x R-value added x sqft $1,200
Exterior wall cavities R12 $0.09 x R-value added x sqft $1,200
Basement and crawlspace R10 $0.09 x R-value added x sqft $1,200
Attic (flat or cathedral ceiling) R12 $0.02 x R-value added x sqft $900
Other (exposed floor, joist header) R20 $0.07 x R-value added x sqft $1,000


Required standards

Insulation must be installed by a contractor with a valid B.C. license.

Insulation must also be installed in accordance with the B.C. Standards of Practice Guide for Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits [PDF, 4.8 MB]. Typical insulation types include:

  • Rolls or batts
  • Blown-in
  • Loose fill
  • Rigid board
  • Spray foam insulation

Radiant barrier, foil type or reflective insulation are currently not eligible for a rebate because they don't meet the stand-alone R value requirement of R12.

Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of the new insulation added and not the total combined final R-value of the new and pre-existing insulation. This includes cases where pre-existing insulation was removed.

You may select your own qualified contractor or select one from the list of Program Registered Insulation Contractors.

Review our top tips for a quality insulation installation [PDF, 480 KB].

Submitting the application

The insulation invoice must include:

  • Information on the insulation type
  • Location
  • Added R-value
  • Square footage of insulation in each location must be included in the invoice(s) submitted with your application.

See a sample insulation invoice [PDF, 113 KB].

*The higher the R-value the more resistant the material is to the movement of heat.

If you're looking to upgrade your existing electric heating system, a heat pump can be more efficient than a traditional electric furnace or baseboard heaters. Unlike other heating and cooling systems, which convert fuel or electricity directly into heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another, in the same way as an air conditioner.

Should you get a heat pump?

We recommend that you get multiple quotes and consider different systems to determine the product and service provider that best meets your needs.

Rebate

Receive up to $2,000 on select air-source heat pumps – variable speed.

Find eligible systems on the qualifying heat pump list.

Individual upgrade rebate
BC Hydro rebate
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Mini Split  (single head installation) (HSPF ≥ 10.00, Region IV, SEER ≥18) $1,000
Air source heat pump – Varible Speed Multi Split  (multi-head installation) (HSPF ≥ 9.30, Region IV, SEER ≥16)
$1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Central System
(HSPF ≥ 9.30, Region IV, SEER≥16), "Tier 2"

The AHRI certified reference number must reference all components of the heat pump, including outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), and air handler.
$2,000


Required Standards

The heat pump must be installed by a contractor with a valid B.C. license. Heat pumps must be listed on the qualifying heat pump list to be eligible. The heat pump must replace an existing hard-wired electric heating system such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors or forced air furnace, and must serve as the home's primary heating system. Installation must be done in accordance with manufacturer specifications. The heat pump must be sufficiently sized to operate as the primary heating system for the home.

Refer to terms and conditions [PDF, 371 KB] for system specific requirements and supporting documents required.

Submitting the application

A maximum of one (1) air source heat pump is eligible for a rebate per premises, regardless of the number of such heat pumps installed. Customers are only eligible for one primary space heating rebate (includes air source heat pump, natural gas furnace, natural gas boiler or natural gas space and water heating combination system).

The heat pump invoice must include information on the date of purchase, make and model number of all components, number of tons, AHRI number or copy of AHRI certificate, and cost and proof of payment. See a sample air source heat pump invoice [PDF, 110 KB].

Additional information is required for heat pump installations; refer to Invoice and supplemental information [PDF, 61 KB] requirements for details.

High-performance windows and doors can save an average of 8% of your energy bills as compared to a standard window, making your home more comfortable all year round by keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Rebate

Receive up to $2,000 on select windows and doors.

Individual upgrade rebate Rebate amount Maximum rebate

Windows and doors with a U-Factor value of 1.40 to 1.23 (W/M2-K)*

*Homes within the City of Vancouver municipal-boundary aren't eligible.

$50 each $1,000
Windows and doors with a maximum U-Factor value of 1.22 (W/M2-K) $100 each $2,000


Required standards

  • The windows and/or doors must be installed by a contractor with a valid B.C. business license.
  • Windows and/or doors must replace existing windows and/doors in the building envelope of the premises between the outdoors and a heated space. Skylights are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Eligible windows and doors must be listed on Natural Resource Canada's certified fenestration products searchable product list.

Learn more about efficiency requirements for our windows and door rebates [PDF, 781 KB].

Submitting the application

The invoice must include the number of windows and/or doors installed, U-Factor rating for each window/door and a description of the work completed (e.g. replacement of 10 single-pane windows).

Additionally, you must submit a photo of at least one label showing the U-Factor rating (W/m2-K), certification body and NRCan reference number. See a sample windows and doors invoice [PDF, 113 KB].

Receive $1000 on eligible electric heat pump water heaters. These water heaters work by capturing warmth from a home's ambient air, using it to heat the domestic water. An ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heater uses up to 50% less energy, on average, than a standard electrical water heater. Saving energy saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.

The heat pump water heater must be tier 2 or higher and sized correctly as per the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) Northern Climate specification. View eligible electric heat pump water heaters [PDF, 839 KB].

Required standards

The heat pump water heater must be installed by a contractor with a valid B.C. license. The heat pump water heater must replace the primary water heater. Installation must be done in accordance with manufacturer specifications. The electric heat pump water heater must be certified to meet Canadian safety requirements by a Standard Council of Canada (SCC) accredited organization, including Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). Only models listed as Tier 2 or higher on the Eligible model list are eligible for a rebate.

Submitting the application

A maximum of one (1) electric heat pump water heater is eligible for a rebate per premises, regardless of the number of heat pump water heaters installed.

The invoice must include the make and model number of the heat pump. Additional information is required for electric heat pump water heater installations; refer to Invoice and supplemental information [PDF, 61 KB] requirements for details. See a sample electric heat pump water heater invoice [PDF 110 KB].

Bonus offers

The more qualifying upgrades you make the more efficient your home will be. That's why we're offering you a choice between the $300 Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus based on your home's total gigajoule reduction after three or more qualifying upgrades.

Receive a $300 bonus by completing at least two bonus-eligible upgrades within 18 months of each other.

Upgrade Bonus eligibility requirements
Attic insulation Must achieve a minimum $500 rebate value to qualify.
Exterior wall cavity insulation
Exterior wall sheathing insulation
Basement/crawlspace walls insulation
Other insulation Not bonus-eligible.
Windows and doors Must achieve a minimum $250 rebate value to qualify.

Primary space heating system:

Maximum of one (1) type of primary space heating system upgrade.
Natural gas combination heating and hot water system (rebate provided by FortisBC) Qualifies as one (1) primary space heating upgrade and one (1) primary water heating upgrade for a total of two bonus-eligible upgrades.

Primary water heating system:

Maximum of one (1) type of primary water heating system upgrade is bonus-eligible.
EnerChoice fireplace (rebate provided by FortisBC) Maximum of one (1) fireplace upgrade is bonus-eligible; must replace an existing gas fireplace in the premises.


Each eligible upgrades must meet the upgrade-specific requirements outlined in the terms and conditions [PDF, 146 KB] and the minimum required rebate values in rebate list to be eligible.

Submitting your application

Refer to Invoice and supplemental information [PDF, 61 KB] requirements for full list of forms and supporting documentation and timelines for submission.

Install three or more eligible home upgrades within 18 months of each other and receive $20 per percentage reduction in your homes' EnerGuide rating measured in gigajoules per year (GJ/year).

Upgrade Bonus eligibility requirements
Attic insulation Must achieve a minimum $500 rebate value to qualify.
Exterior wall cavity insulation
Exterior wall sheathing insulation
Basement/crawlspace walls insulation
Other insulation Not bonus-eligible.
Windows and doors Must achieve a minimum $250 rebate value to qualify.

Primary space heating system:

Maximum of one (1) type of primary space heating system upgrade.
Natural gas combination heating and hot water system (rebate provided by FortisBC) Qualifies as one (1) primary space heating upgrade and one (1) primary water heating upgrade for a total of two bonus-eligible upgrades.

Primary water heating system:

Maximum of one (1) type of primary water heating system upgrade is bonus-eligible.
EnerChoice fireplace (rebate provided by FortisBC) Maximum of one (1) fireplace upgrade is bonus-eligible; must replace an existing gas fireplace in the premises.


Pre- and post-upgrade home evaluation is required

A pre-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation must be completed before the upgrades are made. A post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation must also be completed after the installation of the upgrades. The bonus will be calculated according to the difference in the EnerGuide rating between the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade EnerGuice home evaluation. Learn about EnerGuide home evaluations. A program qualified energy advisor must perform the EnerGuide home evaluation. Your Energy Advisor will require your application reference number to complete and submit an Energy Advisor supported rebates form on your behalf.

Each eligible upgrade must meet the upgrade-specific requirements outlined in the terms and conditions [PDF, 303 KB] and the minimum required rebate values in rebate list to be eligible.

Submitting your application

The Home Energy Improvement Bonus application must be submitted within six months of the date of the post-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation.

The Energy Advisor supported rebates form is to be completed and submitted by your post-upgrade evaluation Energy Advisor.

Refer to invoice and supplemental information [PDF, 447 KB] requirements for full list of forms and supporting documentation and timelines for submission.

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This program is funded in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

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