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The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program Requirements and Additional 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 a 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
  • Wood or other solid fuel (eligible for select upgrades only)

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.
  • When the home is heated with electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet a minimum electricity consumption to be considered primarily electrically heated. See the What does Minimum Electricity Consumption Mean? FAQ for more information and to check your eligibility.
  • Determination of the primary heating type is at the sole discretion of the program partners.

Clarifications and Exceptions for determining your Primary Heating System

  • Open 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 a fireplace are present, the fireplace will not be considered the primary heating system.
  • If the home does not meet the minimum electricity consumption rates as determined by BC Hydro and the home has no other eligible heating system, the participant will not be eligible to receive rebates through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program.
  • Homes heated primarily by natural gas from Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) are are eligible for: insulation rebates, window/door rebates, fuel switch heat pump rebates, heat pump water heater rebates, as well as bonus offers and EnerGuide home evaluation rebates. They are currently not eligible for natural gas furnace rebates, natural gas boiler rebates, natural gas fireplace rebates, or natural gas water heater rebates.
  • Homes heated primarily by wood or other solid fuels are eligible for: air source heat pump rebates, heat pump water heater rebate, natural gas water heater rebate, EnerGuide home evaluation rebates, and the Two Upgrade Bonus.

 What is my Primary Heating System?

  • To be considered primarily heated by electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet minimum electricity consumption rate, calculated by energy use per square foot. Use the BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebate program eligibility tool to determine whether your home meets the minimum electricity consumption rate and can be considered primarily heated by electricity in BC Hydro territory.
  • To be considered primarily heated by electricity supplied by FortisBC, the home must have an electric heating system such as baseboards, furnace, or a heat pump which are primarily used. If a fireplace exists on the premises, the electric heating system is still considered the primary heating system.
  • To be considered primarily heated by oil, the home must have an oil furnace or boiler which is primarily used. If a fireplace exists on the premises, the oil heating system is still considered the primary heating system.
  • To be considered primarily heated by natural gas or propane, the home must have a natural gas or propane furnace or boiler which is primarily used. If a fireplace exists on the premises, the natural gas or propane heating system is still considered the primary heating system.
  • To be considered primarily heated by wood or other solid fuel, the home must have a wood or pellet stove, insert or furnace and no other heating system in the home or have back up electrical heating (e.g. baseboards) that is rarely or not used.

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 rebate available to you through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program.

Primary Heating System Type

System Fuel Type

Available Primary Space Heating Rebates

Notes

Electric Baseboard / Wall Heater Electricity
  • Air source heat pump (convert from electric)
  • 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
  • Air source heat pump (convert from electric)
  • 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
  •  None
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Electric Combination Space / Water Heat Pump Electricity
  •  None
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Electric Air-to-Water Heat Pump Electricity
  •  None
  • There are no rebates for replacing an existing heat pump
Natural Gas Furnace Natural Gas
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Natural Gas Boiler
  • Homes primarily heated by natural gas supplied by PNG are not eligible for Natural Gas Furnace, Boiler or Combination System rebates
Natural Gas Boiler or Combination System Natural Gas
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Natural Gas Boiler
  •  Homes primarily heated by natural gas supplied by PNG are not eligible for Natural Gas Furnace, Boiler or Combination System rebates
Propane Furnace Propane
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
Propane Boiler Propane
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
Oil Furnace Oil
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system, northern climates only)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
Oil Boiler Oil
  • Air source heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
  • Air source heat pump with fossil fuel back-up (dual fuel system, northern climates only)
  • Air to water heat pump (convert from fossil fuel)
Wood stove Wood
(solid fuel)
  • Air source heat pump (convert from wood)

Examples of Determining Primary Heating System: 

  • Electric baseboards and a natural gas fireplace are present in the same home, located within the BC Hydro service area. The home must meet the Minimum Electricity Consumption to be considered primarily heated by BC Hydro Electricity.
  • An electric furnace and a woodstove are present in the same home, located within the BC Hydro service territory. The home meets minimum electricity consumption thresholds. The electric furnace is the primary heating system.
  • Electric baseboards and a woodstove are present in the same home, located within the BC Hydro service territory. The home does not meet minimum electricity consumption thresholds. The woodstove is 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. Replacing an existing heat pump or adding a head to an existing heat pump are not eligible. This applies whether the heat pump is functioning or not functioning.
  • BC Hydro customers want to upgrade their electric heating system to a heat pump but do not meet the Minimum Electricity Consumption.
  • The home is not an eligible home type.
  • The heat pump that is installed does not meet minimum program requirements.