A man installs insulation into the walls of a home
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You can cut hundreds or even thousands of dollars when you make energy-efficient upgrades to your home by taking advantage of BC Hydro, FortisBC and EfficiencyBC rebates. Get up to $5,500 in rebates for installing new insulation, up to $2,000 for a heat pump, up to $1,000 for a high-efficiency heat pump water heater, up to $1,000 for ENERGY STAR® windows and doors, and $300 for an EnerChoice gas fireplace. The more upgrades you make, the more efficient your home will be, and you can receive an additional bonus of $300 for multiple upgrades!

A good way to start the process is to talk to an EfficiencyBC energy coach or obtain an EnerGuide home evaluation (itself eligible for a $300 rebate) before you start renovating. To qualify for rebates, all work must be performed by an accredited contractor. Your EfficiencyBC energy coach can help you find one in your area, as well as help navigate the rebates available.

For more information and to apply, go to bchydro.com/homerebates, making sure you have all the required supporting documents such as invoices.

For answers to your questions about home energy upgrades and help with your renovations, call the Energy Coach Hotline, 1-844-881-9790.

Q - What’s a heat pump and how can it save me money?

A - A heat pump is an efficient form of heating and cooling powered by electricity that moves heat from one place to another. Some heat pumps also have a backup electric or gas heating system that will activate under certain temperatures. In the right circumstances and properly used, a heat pump can save substantial amounts of energy – and money – compared with conventional electric heating and air conditioning.

Air-source heat pumps, which are the cheapest and easiest to install, come in three forms: ductless, central and mini-ducted. Ductless systems work best in small, open-format homes as they involve only an outdoor compressor connected by refrigerant lines to one or more “heads” inside. Central heat pumps are better retrofitted into homes that previously had a forced-air furnace, as they require ducts to distribute the air. A mini-ducted heat pump uses elements of both other systems. For more information on heat pumps visit bchydro.com/heatpumps

Consult your EfficiencyBC energy coach to find out if a heat pump makes sense for your home and to locate a supplier in your area. You may be eligible for a $2,000 rebate.

Install new ENERGY STAR® windows and you could receive a rebate from BC Hydro of up to $1,000.