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CleanBC efficiency rebates make saving energy more affordable

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CleanBC efficiency rebates make saving energy more affordable

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 886-5400
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Media Contacts
Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 886-5400

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CleanBC: Better Buildings program overview

Better Buildings is an integrated offer of financial incentives, information and support to help households and businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by switching to high-efficiency heating equipment and making building envelope improvements.

The program was originally launched in September 2018 under the name EfficiencyBC. It has since been renamed Better Buildings, and expanded in scope and impact via the 2019-20 provincial budget.

CleanBC – Better Buildings incentives overview:

Better Homes Residential Renovation Program:

  • As of April 1, 2019, increased incentives for homeowners to upgrade their windows and doors, with more eligible products. Up to $2,000 for windows and doors — $1,000 more than before.
  • As of April 1, 2019, increased incentives to switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps for space heating, with more eligible products. Up to $3,000 for an air-source heat pump (with additional incentives available in some municipalities) — $1,000 more than before. This will make it even easier for British Columbians to choose energy-saving products.
  • New insulation rebates for homes heated with oil or propane, to complement existing insulation rebates from BC Hydro and FortisBC.
  • $1,000 rebate to switch to a heat pump water heater.
  • $700 rebate for upgrading to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC).
  • $300 rebate for hiring an EnerGuide home energy advisor to do a personalized energy assessment of a home ($450 in some partnering municipalities).
  • $300 two-upgrade bonus for completing two energy upgrades.
  • Home energy improvement bonus of up to $2,000 for homeowners who undertake multiple upgrades and complete energy assessments on their home.
  • Free energy coaching services by phone and email to help people make decisions about their renovation project.
  • New low-income offer: High-value rebates for high-efficiency furnaces and Energy Star water heaters for income-qualified customers within FortisBC territory (in partnership with FortisBC).

Commercial Renovation Program:

  • Up to $20,000 for energy studies to identify cost-effective improvements in commercial buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and non-profit housing.
  • Whole building, performance-based offer of $40 to $70 per tonne of GHG reductions (up to $200,000), integrated with partner utility and BC Housing offers.
  • Eligible upgrades include fuel switching to high-efficiency electric space and water-heating equipment, installing high-efficiency gas-fired space and water-heating equipment, as well as improvements to mechanical systems and building envelopes.

New: Commercial New Construction Program

  • Program to support adoption of electric heat pump systems in new commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Energy feasibility study funding of up to $15,000 to identify the most effective low-carbon electrification opportunities.
  • Incentives to help with capital costs, based on modelled emission reduction performance.

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