Renovating insulation

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Upgrading insulation will help you save at least 10% of your home's energy cost and improve your home's comfort year 'round. When planning an insulation upgrade, you'll need to understand R-value, which is the measure of insulation's ability to slow the transfer of heat. Rebate amounts are calculated by the amount of R-value you're adding to your home.

Hear from a local homeowner

"We probably should have done this first, as we noticed the biggest improvement in our electric bills when we did the insulation." George Meikle, Qualicum Beach, B.C.

Read about George's renovation here.

Insulation upgrades now require a PRC

The use of a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) is now required to receive a rebate on an insulation upgrade completed and invoiced on or after April 1, 2021. If your upgrades were completed and invoiced on or before March 31, 2021, you can find your eligibility requirements here.

Program Registered Contractors are trained by BC Hydro and FortisBC on installation best practices and on our rebates. They're committed to ensuring you achieve your energy efficiency goals. A recent survey showed that around 96% of our customers were highly satisfied with the services of their PRC.

Find a PRC for your project

Rebates for insulation

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

Double the rebate promotion - registration has ended, more time to install your upgrades.

Registration for the Double the rebate promotion code ended on December 31, 2020. If you registered to receive your double the rebate promotion code, you would have received it via email.

Due to an overwhelming response, we’re extending the time you have to install your rebate eligible upgrades. Upgrades must now be completed and invoiced by June 30, 2021. You have six (6) months from the invoice date to submit your rebate application. Learn more about this offer on our Double the Rebate page.

Make sure your upgrade is eligible

Product eligibility

  • Batt, loose fill, board and spray foam are eligible insulation types.
  • Insulation added must have a minimum R-value added per location outlined below:
Insulation location Min. R-Value of new insulation
Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling R12
Exterior wall cavities R12
Exterior wall sheathing R3.8
Basement/crawlspace walls R10
Other (exposed floor, floor over crawlspace, basement header) R20

Installation requirements

  • Insulation must be installed in accordance with the Best Practice Guide Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits for Single Family Homes.
  • Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of new insulation added. In cases where pre-existing insulation was removed (e.g. due to pest infestation or mold), the rebate is calculated on the difference in R-value between the new and pre-existing insulation.
  • Participants must resolve any pest infestations and rodent tunnels in the insulation prior to installation of new insulation. Presence of a pest infestation and/or rodent tunnels in the new insulation must be resolved to receive the rebate.
    • All insulation installed must be new, in good working order, not previously installed in another home or building.
  • 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.

Have you made sure your home is eligible? Get all the details about eligibility.

Consider using a Program Registered Contractor for your upgrade. These contractors have received additional training on insulation best practices, and on our rebates.

Application deadline and required documents

You must submit your rebate application and all supporting documentation within six months of the invoice date.

The only supporting document required for our insulation rebate is the invoice. Make sure the invoice meets all the requirements, outlined in our insulation sample invoice [PDF, 113 KB].


Bundle your upgrades to get $300-$2000 bonus

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

Offer Details
Two Upgrade Bonus Install any two eligible 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 eligible upgrades within 18 months and receive $20 per % gigajoule improvement in your home's EnerGuide report.
  • Minimum rebate $750 up to $2,000 maximum rebate.
EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate
  • Get a pre-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $200 rebate.
  • Get a post-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $100 rebate.