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?

Air-to-Water Heat Pump Rebate

Overview

Rebate amount

Up to $6,000

Who can apply

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

Deadline

Application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date

Funding provided by

The Province of British Columbia

If you are new to CleanBC Better Homes rebates, learn how the rebate process works.

Rebate amount

Requirements

Primary fuel before upgrade

Rebate

Fossil Fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas)

$3,000

Fossil Fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas)

Northern offer*

$6,000

*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.

Related rebates

If you apply for this rebate you should also consider the following:

Eligibility requirements

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.

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.

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:

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 betterhomesbc@gov.bc.ca 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.

Deadlines

The application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.

How to apply

Before you begin

  1. Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Purchase an eligible hydronic air-to-water heat pump system and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
  3. 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 .
  4. Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.

I am...

Apply here

A BC Hydro Electric customer that is converting to a heat pump from natural gas or propane.BC Hydro online application
Please Note: If you are submitting an application that includes both a heat pump and a natural gas fireplace or natural gas hot water heater, use the BC Hydro online application.

Who to contact

Questions about the rebate?

Contact an Energy Coach to get clarification or help with understanding this rebate.

Questions about your application?

FAQs and more