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As part of the Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Program , you can receive up to $5,500 in rebates for installing insulation in your home. Insulation can help maintain more even temperatures throughout your home, reduce unwanted outdoor noise, and reduce heat loss during the cold winter months. Insulation upgrades can count towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.

Available Rebates

  • Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of new insulation added. In cases where pre-existing insulation was removed (Eg. Due to pest infestation or mold), the rebate will be calculated on the difference in R-Value between the new and pre-existing insulation.
Location Installed Rebate Amount Minimum Amount of New Insulation Added Maximum Rebate
Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling $0.02 x R-value x square feet R12 $900
Exterior wall cavities $0.09 x R-value x square feet R12 $1,200
Exterior wall sheathing $0.09 x R-value x square feet R3.8 $1,200
Basement/crawlspace walls $0.09 x R-value x square feet R10 $1,200
Other (exposed floor, floor over crawlspace*, basement header) $0.07 x R-value x square feet R20 $1,000

*Rebate available for crawlspace walls OR floor over crawlspace, but not both.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
  • Your home must be primarily heated with:
    • Natural Gas, piped-propane, or electricity supplied by FortisBC (rebate sponsored by FortisBC)
    • Electricity supplied by BC Hydro (rebate sponsored by BC Hydro)
    • Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas (rebate sponsored by CleanBC)
    • Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC or electricity supplied by a municipal utility (rebate sponsored by CleanBC)
  • Premises primarily heated by wood or other solid fuels are not eligible.
  • When the home is heated with electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet a minimum electricity consumption. Use the BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebate program eligibility tool to determine whether your home meets the minimum electricity consumption rates.
  • You must live in an eligible home.
  • The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.

Upgrade Requirements

  • The insulation must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work and in accordance with the BC Standards of Practice Guide for Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits.
  • Eligible insulation types are rolls or batts, blown-in, loose fill, rigid board, and spray foam.
  • Pest infestations and rodent tunnels in the insulation must be resolved prior to installation of new insulation. Presence of a pest infestation in the new insulation must be remediated to receive the rebate.
  • A minimum rebate value of $500 is required for each insulation location to be eligible for either the Two Upgrade Bonus or Home Energy Improvement Bonus.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Have your insulation 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.
    1. If you are a BC Hydro customer: complete this online application.
    2. If you are a FortisBC Natural Gas or FortisBC Electric customer: complete this online application form. A FortisBC account is required.

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 invoice date 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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