Air-to-Water Heat Pump Rebate
Space heating is the largest use of energy in homes. A properly installed heat pump is two to three times more efficient than other alternatives and can provide you with both heating and cooling for today’s cold winters and hot summers.
Air-to-water heat pumps use a hydronic distribution system to heat and cool the home with a series of radiators or in-floor heating. For more information, see what is a heat pump and what are its benefits?
Rebate amountUp to $6,000
Who can apply
Application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date
Funding provided by
The Province of British Columbia
The heat pump must be on the Air-to-Water and Combination Heat Pump Qualifying Product List.
Primary fuel before upgrade
Fossil Fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas)
Fossil Fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas)
*Eligible homes must be located north of an including the District of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N) and must be connected to BC Hydro electric service.
If you apply for this rebate you should also consider the following:
- Homes switching from a fossil fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas) space or water heating system to a heat pump may be eligible for:
- A heat pump upgrade counts toward the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.
In order to qualify for this rebate, all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Coach if you have questions.
Requirements for the home
You must live in an eligible home:
- The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
- You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
- The home must be one of the following types:
- 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.
- Your home must be primarily heated with:
- Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC
- Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas
- Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC
- Homes in non-integrated areas of the electricity grid that are primarily heated with oil, gas, or propane require pre-approval from the Province prior to installation of their heat pump to confirm eligibility. Contact betterhomesBC@gov.bc.ca to begin the approvals process.
Requirements for your contractor
The new heat pump must be installed:
- By a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor). Self-installations are not eligible, and
- In accordance with the Heat Pump Best Practices Guide for Existing Homes.
Requirements for the upgrade
The new heat pump must:
- Replace the existing primary heating system.
- Be sized to function as the primary heating system of the home.
- Have a minimum capacity of 12,000 BTU (1 ton).
- Serve a main living area (e.g. family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room).
- Be on the Air-to-Water and Combination Heat Pump Qualified Product List to be eligible.
- Be installed according to the Heat Pump Best Practices Installation Guide for Existing Homes.
Please Note: The primary back up system must not be natural gas, oil or propane. Homes with a natural gas or propane fireplaces are eligible if the fireplace is a secondary heating system.
Requirements for the equipment being replaced
The old heating system must also meet requirements in order to be eligible for this rebate.
- The fossil fuel heating system must be removed.
- Emergency replacement of broken fossil fuel heating systems are eligible.
- Homes in non-integrated areas of electricity grid must contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-approval prior to installation.
- Homes with a combined space and domestic hot water boiler who are only installing an air-to-water heat pump for space heating may keep the boiler for domestic hot water. However, all connections between the boiler and the space heating system must be removed.
The application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
How to apply
Before you begin
- Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase an eligible hydronic air-to-water heat pump system and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
- If you are converting from oil, propane, or natural gas to a heat pump, include proof of your oil, propane, or natural gas system removal .
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
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