CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program

Program registration will open on June 18, 2024.

More and more British Columbians are ready to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy while making their homes more efficient and comfortable. The new CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program, launching June 18, 2024, will make electric heat pumps and efficiency upgrades more affordable for low- and middle-income households across the province, helping them to save on their energy bills and build cleaner, more resilient communities.

Income-qualified applicants can receive a rebate of as much as $16,000 to switch to high-efficiency heat pumps in homes currently heated with oil, natural gas, and propane. Those who are eligible and living in northern B.C. (any B.C. community at the same latitude or north of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N)), can access up to an additional $3,000 toward the installation of a heat pump. Homes that require an electrical system upgrade can also qualify for a rebate of up to $5,000 to complete the work. This funding could help income-qualified applicants receive a total of as much as $24,000 to cover the costs of heat pump installation, including electrical upgrades.

The program will also continue to provide support for other home-efficiency upgrades at current rebate levels, including insulation, windows and doors, and ventilation. It will also provide rebates of as much as $5,000 for households switching from electric baseboards to electric heat pumps, funded by BC Hydro’s energy-efficiency measures.

CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program

Overview

Rebate amount

Up to $24,000 for a heat pump installation

Who can apply

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

Qualifying products

Program-eligible products vary by upgrade type and must be installed by a Program Registered Contractor

Funding provided by

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

Rebate amount

Upgrade

You may be eligible to receive enhanced rebates that cover up to 100% of your home’s heating system 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.

CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program Eligible Electric Heat Pump Rebate Values***

Please note: Maximum rebate amounts for heat pump installations vary with household income and size.

Income Level Upgrade Type Maximum Oil to Electric Heat Pump Incentive** Maximum Natural Gas/Propane to Electric Heat Pump Incentive** Maximum Electric to Heat Pump Incentive**
1 Central Ducted and 3-Head Multi-split Heat Pump $16,000 $16,000 $5,000
2-Head Multi-split or 2 Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pumps $14,000 $14,000 $5,000
Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pump $10,000 $7,500 $5,000
Electric Service Upgrade $5,000 $5,000 N/A
2 Central Ducted and 3-Head Multi-split Heat Pump $12,000 $12,000 $5,000
2-Head Multi-split or 2 Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pumps $10,500 $10,500 $5,000
Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pump $10,000 $5,500 $5,000
Electric Service Upgrade $3,500 $3,500 N/A
3 Central Ducted and 3-Head Multi-split Heat Pump $10,500 $10,500 N/A
2-Head Multi-split or 2 Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pumps $10,000 $8,000 N/A
Single-Head Mini-split Heat Pump $10,000 $4,000 N/A
Electric Service Upgrade $1,500 $1,500 N/A
1, 2, or 3 Northern top-up – Central ducted, Multi-splits and 2 Mini-splits* $3,000 $3,000 N/A
Northern top-up – Single head Mini-split* $1,500 $1,500 N/A

*Eligible homes must be located north of and including the District of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N) and must be connected to BC Hydro electric service.

**Up to 100% of the upgrade cost can be covered, up to maximum values per upgrade type and associated income level.

***Additional rebate requirements (such as distribution coverage by mini splits and concealed ducted units) will be published prior to program launch.

Dual fuel heat pump upgrades have yet to be determined, the $3,000 Better Homes rebate offer will remain until any further program changes are announced.

CleanBC Better Homes 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

To qualify for this program all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Coach if you have questions.

Income Qualifications

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. Rebate coverage is based on household income levels in the following table:

Eligibility for heat pump rebates in homes that are heated by natural gas, propane, or oil.

Combined pre-tax annual income of all adults in your home (excluding dependents)
Number of people living in your home (including adults and children) 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 $237,438
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 income levels 1 and 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 homeowner meets the income threshold of any of the levels in the table above, but their home is valued at or higher than the property value of $1,230,000, they can enter the program in income level 3.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 an Income Qualified 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).

Requirements for the upgrades

  • You must pre-register and receive an eligibility code before completing the upgrade.
  • Rebates cannot exceed the cost on the invoice and the paid cost of the upgrade.
  • Rebates can only be claimed up to the maximum rebate amounts per measure.
  • Each upgrade must meet specific program requirements (available shortly).

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