The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program is offering a $3,000 rebate for converting your fossil fuel primary heating system to a dual-fuel central heat pump.
Space heating is the largest use of energy in homes. A properly installed heat pump is two to three times more efficient than other alternatives, and can provide you with both heating and cooling for today’s hot summers. 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. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?
- $3,000 if you convert your fossil fuel heating system (propane or natural gas) to a Dual-Fuel Central Heat Pump (heat pump with propane or natural gas back-up).
- If you convert your fossil fuel heating system (oil, propane or natural gas) to a Central Heat Pump with either an electric back-up or no back-up system, there is up to $3,000 in rebates available. See the Central Heat Pump Rebate page for more information.
- If you convert your electric heating system to a Central Heat Pump with either an electric back-up or no back-up system, there is up to $2,000 in rebates available. See the Central Heat Pump Rebate page for more information.
- 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.
- Receive an additional up to $500 with the Heat Pump Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) when you convert from fossil fuel heating to an electric air-source heat pump.
- This upgrade can count towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus. If you are considering a mini-split or multi-split system, see the separate incentive page on the Mini-Split or Multi-Split Air Source Heat Pump rebate. For more information on choosing the right type of heat pump for your home, see What type of heat pump should I choose?
- You are eligible for one primary space heating system rebate per home, regardless of the number of systems installed. For example, you cannot get a rebate for a furnace and heat pump, even if you install a new dual fuel heat pump system. Your second rebate application will be denied.
- All upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor). Self-installations are not eligible.
- 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
- Propane not supplied by FortisBC
- Premises primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- Home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
- The installed system must meet the following performance requirements:
- SEER >16.00
- HSPF >9.30
- Does not require a variable speed compressor.
- Your home must have had natural gas or propane as the primary heating system for at least 12 consecutive months. This may be confirmed by reviewing your utility billing history.
- Must be replacing an existing natural gas or propane furnace with a central heat pump as the primary heating system.
- Replacement of an existing heat pump is not eligible for the rebate.
- Heat pumps must be installed according to the Heat Pump Best Practices Installation Guide for Existing Homes.
- Homes that are primarily heated by electricity who install a heat pump with a natural gas or propane backup are not eligible for a dual-fuel central heat pump rebate.
- Products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6” WC are not eligible.
- The thermostat, outdoor temperature switch-over control or equipment control board must be set to the following temperatures for the life of the system:
- Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland: <5oC
- Southern Interior and Northern BC: <2oC
- The heat pump must be sized to ensure that it has the capacity to meet the heat demand at or below the temperature set points above. A heat load calculation is required, see What are the load calculation requirements for heat pumps?
- The installed system must have an AHRI certified reference number and must be on the Qualifying Product List.
- The AHRI certified reference number for dual fuel systems must show either the outdoor unit and indoor unit only, or the outdoor unit, indoor unit and furnace. You may re-use the existing air handler.
- The system must be modified according to all applicable laws.
- Oil furnace integration is not eligible, except in Northern BC (BC Building Code Climate Zone 6, 7A, 7B or 8). For more information visit Am I eligible for a heat pump rebate if it is combined with an oil furnace as backup?
- Note: Combining a central heat pump with a natural gas or propane backup is eligible for applicable Municipal Offers provided all other Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions are met.
- If you are replacing a wood or solid fuel heating system:
- The back-up system must be wood or electric. Fossil fuel back-up systems (dual fuel systems) are not eligible for wood-to-electric upgrades.
- The existing wood or solid-fuel heating system may be retained in safe and working order or removed in accordance with all applicable laws; and
How to Apply
- Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase an eligible heat pump and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
- 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.
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
- Important Note: if you are submitting a bonus offer application that includes both a heat pump and a natural gas fireplace or natural gas hot water heater, use this online form.
Utility After Upgrade
Converting from fossil fuel (natural gas, oil, or propane) to heat pump Online Application
- 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 Post-Upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate must be submitted within 6 months of the date of your post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation. You must complete your post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation within 18 months of your pre-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation.
- Eligibility requirements and rebates are based on the date of the invoice. See the What Rebates are Available FAQ for information of how invoice date effects associated upgrade requirements and available rebates.
- Low-Interest Financing for heat pumps is also available as an alternative to heat pump rebates.
- See What are the heat pump requirements for the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program? for more information on heat pump requirements.
- If you are planning to replace your space heating system and water heating system with a combination space & water heating heat pump system, you may be eligible for incentives—please see here for more information.
- What do the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs define as my Primary Heating System?
- Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
- This rebate is funded, in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
Program Contact Information
- CleanBC Better Homes email@example.com