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.

Upgrades completed before September 28, 2018 are still eligible

If you completed your home upgrades and have an invoice date before September 28, 2018, carefully read through these terms and conditions [PDF, 137 KB] to confirm your eligibility and understand the rebate requirements. You will need to have all the supporting documents required for your application.

Refer to full list of rebates [PDF, 119 KB] for rebate values available prior September 28, 2018.

Complete your online application and upload all required supporting documents.

For upgrades completed after September 28, 2018, 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 amount available for each rebate is determined by where the insulation was installed, the total area (in square feet) of the new insulation added, and how well your insulation keeps in heat (measured by R-value*).

INSULATION LOCATION MINIMUM R-VALUE 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. As well, insulation must 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 are: rolls or batts, blown-in, loose fill, rigid board, and 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.

Submitting the application

The insulation invoice must include information on the insulation type, location, added R-value, and square footage of insulation in each location must be included in the invoice(s) submitting with your application. See a sample insulation invoice [PDF, 187 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.

Individual upgrade rebate
BC Hydro rebate

Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Mini Split  (single head installation) (HSPF ≥10, SEER ≥18)

Refer to the AHRI directory to find qualifying models.

$1,000
Air source heat pump – Varible Speed Multi Split  (multi-head installation) (HSPF ≥9.5, SEER ≥16)

Refer to the AHRI directory to find qualifying models.
$1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Central System
(HSPF ≥9.5, 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.

Refer to the AHRI directory to find qualifying models.
$2,000


Required Standards

The heat pump must replace an existing hard-wired electric heating system such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors or forced air furnace. 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, 475 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.

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, 199 KB].

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

Receive $50 per window/door installed up to a maximum of $1000.

High-performance ENERGY STAR® windows and doors make your home more comfortable all year round by keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

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.
  • Windows and doors must be ENERGY STAR® certified and have a maximum U-Factor of 1.22W/m2-K.
  • Eligible windows and doors must be listed on Natural Resource Canada's ENERGY STAR® certified fenestration products searchable product list.

Submitting the application

The invoice must include the number of windows and/or doors installed, Canadian ENERGY STAR® qualification for each window/door, U-Factor rating (must be 1.22W/m2-K or less) for each window/door and a description of the work completed (e.g. replacement of 10 single-pane windows).

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. Eligible electric heat pump water heaters are located at https://neea.org/img/documents/qualified-products-list.pdf.

Required standards

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.

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.

The bonus-eligible upgrades are:

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).

The bonus-eligible upgrades are:

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, 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.

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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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