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The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program is offering a rebate of up to $4,300 for installing a combination space and water heat pump system. A $500 electrical service upgrade rebate is available when converting your fossil fuel primary space or water heating system to an electrical primary space or water heating system.

Available Rebates

  • Up to $4,300 in incentives (including bonus offers) are available if you fuel switch both your fossil fuel water heater and fossil fuel space heating (pre-approval required). This upgrade may be counted as up to two upgrades towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus – see table below.
  • Select municipalities have Municipal Offers of up to an additional $2,000 that can be accessed only when converting from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, oil, or propane) to an electric air-source heat pump.
Heat Pump Type Requirements Primary Space Heating Fuel Before Upgrade Primary Water Heating Fuel Before Upgrade Bonus Offer Count Rebate
Combination Space and Water Heat Pump must be on the Air-to-Water and Combination Heat Pump Qualifying Product List to be eligible Fossil Fuel Fossil Fuel 2 $4,000

(plus $300 Two Upgrade Bonus)

Fossil Fuel Electric 1 $3,000
Electric Fossil Fuel 1 $1,000
Electric Electric N/A   $0

Eligibility Requirements

  • The invoice date for the installed heat pump must be on or after October 01, 2019.
  • Your upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • 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 FortisBC
  • Premises primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible.
  • 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 an air source heat pump to confirm eligibility. Contact betterhomesbc@gov.bc.ca to begin the approvals process.
  • You must live in an eligible home.
  • The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.

Upgrade Requirements

  • The system must be on the Air-to-Water and Combination Heat Pump Qualifying Product List to be eligible.
  • The combination system must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
  • The heating system must serve the main living area.
  • The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home.
  • All fossil fuel heating equipment must be removed or decommissioned.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Purchase an eligible combination system and have it installed by a licensed 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. 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, decommissioning or modification.

Deadlines

  • The application form for individual upgrades must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
  • The application form for the Two Upgrade Bonus must be submitted within 6 months of the second bonus-eligible upgrade. You must complete your second bonus-eligible upgrade within 18 months of the invoice date of the first bonus-eligible upgrade.
  • The application form for the Home Energy Improvement Bonus and EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate must be submitted within 6 months of the date of your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation. You must complete your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation within 18 months of your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation.

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