Insulation Rebates

As part of the Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Program, you can receive up to $5,500 in rebates for installing insulation in your home. Insulation can help maintain more even temperatures throughout your home, reduce unwanted outdoor noise, and reduce heat loss during the cold winter months. Insulation upgrades can count towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.

Insulation Rebates

Overview

Rebate amount

Up to $5,500

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

Qualifying products

Eligible insulation types are rolls or batts, blown-in, loose fill, rigid board, and spray foam

Funding provided by

The Government of British Columbia, BC Hydro, and FortisBC

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

Rebate amount

Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of new insulation added. In cases where pre-existing insulation was removed (Eg. Due to pest infestation or mold), the rebate will be calculated on the difference in R-Value between the new and pre-existing insulation.

Insulation upgrades

Area being insulated

Rebate

Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling

  • Minimum R12 new insulation added
  • Rebate calculated by multiplying $0.02 x R-value x square feet of upgraded area
Up to $900

Exterior wall cavities

  • Minimum R12 new insulation added
  • Rebate calculated by multiplying $0.09 x R-value x square feet of upgraded area
Up to $1,200

Exterior wall sheathing

  • Minimum R3.8 new insulation added
  • Rebate calculated by multiplying $0.09 x R-value x square feet of upgraded area
Up to $1,200

Basement and crawlspace

  • Minimum R10 new insulation added
  • Rebate calculated by multiplying $0.09 x R-value x square feet of upgraded area
Up to $1,200

Other (exposed floor, floor over crawlspace*, basement header)

  • Minimum R20 new insulation added
  • Rebate calculated by multiplying $0.07 x R-value x square feet of upgraded area

*Rebate available for crawlspace walls or floor over crawlspace, but not both.

Up to $1,000
Bonus eligibility: Each location that achieves a minimum of $500 rebate qualifies as one bonus-eligible 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 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
    • Electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility
    • Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC
  • Premises primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible.

*If the home is heated with electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet a minimum electricity consumption. Use the BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebate program eligibility tool to determine whether your home meets the minimum electricity consumption rates.

Requirements for your contractor

All new insulation must be installed:

Requirements for the upgrade

  • Eligible insulation types are rolls or batts, blown-in, loose fill, rigid board, and spray foam.
Please Note: You are required to work with a Home Performance Contractor Network member or a Program Registered Contractor to access insulation rebates.

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. Have your insulation installed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member or Program Registered Contractor.
  3. 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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Apply here

A BC Hydro Electric customer that is completing an insulation upgrade.BC Hydro online application
FortisBC Gas customer that is completing an insulation upgrade.FortisBC online application
FortisBC Electric customer that is completing an insulation upgrade.FortisBC 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?

Program updates

July 1, 2022 - New requirement for installation

As of April1, 2022, you need to hire a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) for your insulation installation to be eligible for insulation rebates.  If your installation invoice is dated before April 1, 2022, this requirement does not apply.  To identify contractors in your region, use the Find a contractor tool.

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