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Frequently Asked Questions

General Rebate Questions

What rebates are available for new homes and how do I access them?

There are a number of rebate programs available for improving the energy efficiency of new homes in BC, and each program is different. Visit the residential new construction rebate search tool to find programs that you may be eligible for.

Some rebates are provided by your energy utilities, some by local, regional, or provincial government, some from lending institutions, and more. Some programs are for specific energy efficient products, some are for having an energy evaluation, and some reward the overall energy performance of the home.

Take the time to thoroughly read about the rebates and incentives you are interested in, as the terms and conditions, and application processes vary from program to program.

Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.

General Rebates and Upgrades

What is my climate zone?

To identify which climate zone your home is in, reference the city listing or map of BC’s climate zones below. If you are not able to determine your zone please email betterhomesbc@gov.bc.ca for additional support.

What are municipal utility providers?

Municipal utility providers are located within the service territories of BC Hydro or FortisBC. These municipalities sell electricity directly to their customers.

Municipal utility providers within the BC Hydro service territory:

  • New Westminster

Municipal utility providers within the FortisBC service territory:

  • Grand Forks
  • Summerland
  • Penticton
  • Nelson