BC government has just announced that they are doubling CleanBC Better Homes retrofit rebates for select home-heating and energy-efficiency upgrades, in an effort to support the province’s economic recovery amid COVID-19.
The enhanced rebate also looks to help British Columbians save on energy costs.
“With many people continuing to work from home due to the pandemic, we’re doubling popular CleanBC rebates for select home energy retrofits and upgrades,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
“Together with our partners, we are helping families switch from fossil fuels to clean energy and make their homes as efficient, comfortable and affordable as possible.”
CleanBC’s aim is to reduce the environmental impact of existing buildings, and in turn, to waste less energy.
They look to do this by using more clean energy and using it more efficiently in homes and buildings, so that people in BC can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.
“People want affordable options to heat their homes with clean energy to reduce pollution and help address climate change,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“By doubling our support through CleanBC, we’re helping people improve the places they live with more incentives to make the switch to cleaner, more efficient technologies and supporting good jobs across the province as we recover from COVID-19.”
The rebates available for switching to high-efficiency heating equipment are below, effective until June 30th, 2021:
- double the rebate from $3,000 to $6,000 when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump;
- double the rebate from $1,000 to $2,000 when switching from a fossil fuel water heater to a heat pump water heater;
- double the rebate from $500 to $1,000 for an electrical service upgrade when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a heat pump; and
- a $3,000 rebate on an interest-free loan when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump and accessing the CleanBC low-interest financing program.
To receive the enhanced rebate, you must pre-register for a promo code by March 31st, and complete your upgrades by June 30th, 2021, to participate.
You can apply for the double rebate online.
People wanting to switch from fossil fuel-based heating to cleaner, more energy-efficient heat pumps also can get low-interest financing as part of CleanBC.
Some loans have interest rates as low as 0% over a five-year repayment period.
The new double rebate offer is being matched for the low-interest financing program for a limited time, and homeowners will automatically receive a $3,000 rebate on their loan for an eligible heat pump installed before June 30th, 2021, without the need to register for a promo code.