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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 duel-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?

Available Rebates

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
    • Propane not supplied by FortisBC
  • Premises primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible.
  • You must live in an eligible home.
  • The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.

 

Upgrade Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Purchase an eligible heat pump 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 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.

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