Rebate eligibility

Photo of a hallway

We're offering home renovation rebates to make it easier to make energy-efficient upgrades that will help you conserve electricity and save money. 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. 

Please review our general rebate eligibility criteria to make sure your home is eligible, then check the upgrade-specific eligibility requirements.

If your home is electrically heated by BC Hydro, check to see if you meet the minimum electricity consumption requirement by using our tool to check your electricity consumption before you begin your upgrades. To use the tool, you’ll need your BC Hydro account number and your home’s square footage, which can be found on BC Assessment. Homes heated by electricity use electric baseboards, heat pumps or electric furnaces to heat their home. Use this guide  if you’re unsure if your home is electrically heated. 

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, FortisBC or Pacific Northern Gas. Electrically-heated homes served by local municipal utilities, such as New Westminster, within the service territories of BC Hydro or FortisBC are also eligible.
  • The home must be heated primarily by natural gas or 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, your home must meet a minimum electricity consumption requirement to qualify for rebates.
    • Heat pump water heaters are exempt from the minimum electricity consumption requirement.
  • The electricity consumption check will require your BC Hydro account number, along with the square footage of your home
  • The tool 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.  

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, include homes that are defined as "substantially reconstructed," by the Homeowner Protection Act (as per Regulatory Bulletin: Substantially Reconstructed Homes and the Home Owner Protection Act (No. 6)) [PDF, 199 KB] or additions to existing homes. An existing space, such as a garage or solarium, being converted into a living space is considered a new addition. These homes are required to meet BC Building Code and/or municipal building bylaws. 

Refer to the rebate eligibility terms and conditions [PDF, 67 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).
  • 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, 161 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.