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The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs Terms and Conditions include primary heating systems as one of the determining factors for eligibility.

To participate in the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs, the home must be heated by an eligible primary heating system that uses an eligible fuel type.

Eligible fuel types:

  • Electricity supplied by BC Hydro
  • Natural gas supplied by FortisBC Energy Inc.
  • Natural gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.
  • Piped-propane supplied by FortisBC Energy Inc.
  • Electricity supplied by FortisBC Inc.
  • Oil
  • Propane (not supplied by FortisBC)
  • Electricity supplied by a Municipal Utility

Note: Participants using Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) Natural Gas for their Primary Heating System are currently not eligible for Natural Gas Furnace rebates, Natural Gas Boiler rebates, Natural Gas Fireplace rebates, or Natural Gas Water Heater rebates. They are eligible for insulation rebates, window/door rebates, fuel switch heat pump rebates, heat pump hot water rebates, as well as bonus offers and EnerGuide home evaluation rebates.

The Terms and Conditions define a Primary Heating System as:

  • A primary heating system is a heating system with the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21ºC.
  • Determination of the primary heating type is at the sole discretion of the Partners.

Clarifications and Exceptions for determining your Primary Heating System

  • Wood fireplaces, natural gas fireplaces, and propane fireplaces are not considered primary heating systems by the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs even if it is the only heating system in use on the premises or if the system has the capacity and is used to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season.
  • Where both a Primary Heating System and Fireplace are present, the Fireplace will not be considered the primary heating system.

 What is my Primary Heating System?

When determining the rebate you may be eligible for, the heating system(s) present on site prior to the installation of the new primary heating system will determine the space heating rebates available to you through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs.

Primary Heating System Type System Fuel Type Available Primary Space Heating Rebates Notes
Electric Baseboard / Wall Heater Electricity
  • Electric-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate
  • No rebates for installing electric baseboards
  • No rebates for installing electric furnaces
  • No rebates for converting from electricity to natural gas primary heating systems
Electric Furnace Electricity
  • Electric-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate
  • No rebates for installing electric baseboards
  • No rebates for installing electric furnaces
  • No rebates for converting from electricity to natural gas primary heating systems
Electric Heat Pump Electricity
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Electric Combination Space / Water Heat Pump Electricity
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Electric Air-to-Water Heat Pump Electricity
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Natural Gas Furnace Natural Gas
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Natural Gas Boiler
Natural Gas Boiler or Combination System Natural Gas
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Natural Gas Boiler
Propane Furnace Propane
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate

 

Propane Boiler Propane
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate

 

Oil Furnace Oil
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate

 

Oil Boiler Oil
  • Fossil Fuel-to-Electric Heat Pump Rebate

 

Woodstove Wood

(solid fuel)

  • None
  • Homes primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible to participate in this program.

 

Examples of Determining Primary Heating System:

  • Electric baseboards and a natural gas fireplace are present in the same home. The electric baseboards are the primary heating system.
  • An oil boiler or furnace and natural gas fireplace are present in the same home. The oil boiler or furnace is the primary heating system.
  • A natural gas furnace and a natural gas fireplace are present in the same home. The natural gas furnace is the primary heating system.
  • A heat pump and a wood fireplace are present in the same home. The heat pump is the primary heating system.

Heat Pump Rebates are Not Available When:

  • There is a heat pump on the premises already. This applies whether the heat pump is functioning or not functioning.
  • The Primary Heating System is a woodstove (solid fuel).
  • The home is not an eligible home type.
  • The heat pump that is installed does not meet minimum program requirements.