Energy Savings Program

Everyone deserves a healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient home. Based on your household income, the CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program (formerly the Income Qualified Program) offers enhanced rebates to make energy-saving home upgrades more affordable. We can help you:

  • Lower your monthly energy costs
  • Improve year-round comfort
  • Enjoy healthier indoor air quality
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Energy Savings Program

Overview

Rebate amount

Up to $44,900

Who can apply

B.C. citizens who live in an eligible home, meet income qualification requirements, and have residential utility accounts with BC Hydro, FortisBC, or municipal utility

Deadline

The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the program registered contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date

Qualifying products

Program eligible products vary by upgrade and must be installed by an program registered contractor

Funding provided by

The Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro

For assistance with this program, contact an Energy Saving Program Energy Coach by email at IncomeQualified@betterhomesbc.ca or by phone at 1-833-856-0333.

Rebate amount

Upgrade

You may be eligible to receive enhanced rebates that cover up to 100% of your home upgrade costs.

Free energy coaching, virtual energy assessments, and support in multiple languages can help identify the home upgrades and rebates that are best for you.

Available rebates

Rebate

Heat pumps

Up to $19,000

Heat pump water heater

Up to $3,500

Electric service upgrade

Up to $5,000

Insulation
(Income levels 1 and 2)

Up to $5,500

Windows and doors
(Income levels 1 and 2)

Up to $9,500

Ventilation
(Income levels 1 and 2)

Up to $1,600

Health and safety

Up to $800
CleanBC Energy Savings Program rebates cannot be combined with rebates from the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program or other provincial or utility offers for the same upgrade.

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for this rebate, all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Savings Program Coach if you have questions.

Please note: You may be eligible for one primary space heating system rebate per home, regardless of the number installed. For example, you cannot get a rebate for a furnace and a heat pump, even if you install a dual fuel ducted heat pump. Your second rebate application will be denied.

 

Income qualification requirements

Rebate coverage is based on the combined income of all adults in your home and how many people live in your home, including adults and children.

Number of people living in your home (including adults and children) Combined pre-tax annual income of all adults in your home (excluding dependants):

Income Level 1

Income Level 2 Income Level 3 (NEW)

1 person

$47,007 $61,697 $99,891

2 persons

$58,522 $76,810 $124,358

3 persons

$71,945 $94,428 $152,884

4 persons

$87,350 $114,647 $185,620

5 persons

$99,072 $130,032 $210,528

6 persons

$111,735 $146,653 $264,353

7 or more persons

$124,402 $163,277 $264,353

 

  • Income level 3 only includes heat pump rebates for homes switching from natural gas, propane, or oil space heating.
  • Better Homes Energy Savings Program rebates for heat pumps in electrically-heated or wood-heated homes, and various energy efficiency and ventilation incentives are only available to participants in income levels 1 and 2. Households at income level 3 that wish to install these measures should apply to the regular CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate programs.

 

Requirements for the home

You must live in an eligible home:

  • The property must be a year-round primary residence, that is at least 12 months old.
  • For participants registering in the program as income levels 1 or 2, the property must have a total assessed value at or under $1,230,000 in the BC Assessment listing for the address of the applicant’s home in the year of program registration.
  • If a household meets the income threshold of any of the levels in the table above, but the home is valued at or higher than the property value of $1,230,000, they will be approved as an income level 3 participant.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • You must pay your own energy utility bills. Utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner; utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation or landlord are not eligible.
  • The home must be one of the following types of residential buildings:
    • Single-family home (detached dwelling).
    • Secondary suite in a single-family home (detached dwelling), with its own separate utility meter.
    • Mobile home that is permanently fixed, sits on a foundation and is structurally complete with installed and connected plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services; towing apparatus and axle must be removed.
    • Duplex, triplex, row home or townhome, where each unit has its own natural gas and/or electricity meter; utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner. Utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.
  • If you currently rent your home, you will need a landlord consent form to accompany your application.
  • You must pre-register and receive an eligibility code before completing the upgrade.
  • The home must be primarily heated by one of the following:
    • natural gas, propane or oil
    • electricity (hard-wired electric heating systems such as electric baseboards, radiant ceilings, radiant floors, or forced-air furnace/boiler).
    • wood or other solid fuels.

 

Requirements for your contractor

The upgrades must be installed:

  • By a program registered contractor who is approved to install home upgrades for the program, for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Insulation must be installed by a licensed residential insulation contractor).

 

Deadlines

The application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the program registered contractor within six (6) months of the invoice date.

How to apply

Before you begin

  1. Confirm eligibility by reviewing the Rebate Eligibility RequirementsParticipant Terms and Conditions, and Contractor Terms and Conditions.
  2. Complete the program’s pre-screen and pre-registration to determine your eligibility through the CleanBC Energy Savings Program participant portal. Once confirmed you will receive an eligibility code and opportunities report, outlining your suggested upgrades. You can also make an appointment with an Energy Savings Program coach or schedule a virtual assessment for pre-registration assistance or support to identify the best upgrades for your home.
  3. Customer must choose an program registered contractor to complete the upgrade.
  4. After completing the upgrade, the contractor will submit the rebate application and deduct the rebate from the final cost of the upgrade.

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