Home energy efficiency upgrades are a great way to save money and help protect the environment. There are many programs available to help offset your investment! Below you can find programs for existing home renovation upgrades and for the construction of energy efficient new homes.
For more information on energy efficiency upgrades and rebates, visit betterhomesbc.ca - the information hub for unbiased energy efficiency information on homes. Check out their Rebate Search Tool for a list all the rebates currently available, or contact the free CleanBC Energy Coach Service.
For programs for upgrading multi-unit residential buildings, commercial buildings, and businesses check out betterbuildingsbc.ca.
Programs for Existing Homes
The Canada Greener Homes Grant is a federal program that launched on May 27, 2021. The program offers up to $600 after completing both the mandatory pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation, as well as up to $5,000 in rebates for energy efficiency upgrades completed between the two evaluations. It is your responsibility to read, understand, and meet the eligibility requirements of the program before you start your energy efficiency upgrades
For detailed program information and rebates available, please visit the program website or contact the program directly at 1-833-647-8282 by phone or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Insulation – up to $5,000
- Air-sealing – up to $1,000
- Windows and doors – up to $250 per window/door
- Thermostats – up to $50 (must be combined with another eligible retrofit)
- Space and water heating – up to $5,000
- Renewable energy – up to $5,000
- Resiliency measures – up to $1,000 (must be combined with another eligible retrofit)
You must complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor.
Steps to Participate
- Register for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. Once your application has been approved and once your energy advisor has availability, you will be contacted directly to schedule your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation.
- Complete your upgrades. You must complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor.
- Schedule a post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation.
- Sign in to the portal to request your post-retrofit evaluation, and call your energy advisor or service organization directly to get booked in.
- Once complete, you must upload receipts for your pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations, and receipts and invoices for all upgrades completed between the two evaluations.
- Receive your reimbursement. Once the program has reviewed your application, you will be prompted to go into the portal to confirm your grant total in order to receive your reimbursement.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home before April 1, 2020, you will need a new evaluation.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home between April 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020, you can use your evaluation for the program but you won’t be reimbursed for the evaluation itself. To be reimbursed, your eligible home retrofits must have been undertaken on or after December 1, 2020.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home between December 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, you can be reimbursed for both your evaluations and your retrofits if you complete at least one eligible retrofit on or after December 1, 2020. In this case, the retrofit does not need to be recommended by your energy advisor in their report.
- If you conducted an EnerGuide evaluation on your home on or after July 1, 2021, you can be reimbursed for both your evaluations and your retrofits if you complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by your energy advisor in their report.
These rebates are available for upgrades and pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations completed on or after September 28, 2018. If you completed your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation before this date, please contact us directly. It is your responsibility to read, understand, and meet the eligibility requirements by reviewing the Program Requirements before you start your energy efficiency upgrades.
- Insulation - up to $5,500
- Ductless Heat Pump - up to $3,000 (municipal top-ups may apply)
- Central System Heat Pump - up to $3,000 (municipal top-ups may apply)
- Hydronic Heat Pump - $3,000
- Electric Heat Pump Water Heater - up to $1,000
- Combination Space and Water Heat Pump - up to $4,000
- Low-Interest Financing Program for Heat Pumps - up to $40,000 loan
- Electrical Services Upgrade - $500
- Natural Gas Furnace - up to $1000
- Natural Gas Boiler or Combination Space and Water Heating System - up to $1,200
- Natural Gas Water Heater - up to $1,000
- Natural Gas Fireplace - $300 per fireplace
- Windows and Doors - up to $100 per window or door
- Two Upgrade Bonus - $300 for installing two or more bonus-eligible upgrades
Energy Advisor Supported Rebates
- EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate - $300 for having both a pre- and post-retrofit energy evaluation.
- Home Energy Improvement Bonus - receive $750-$2,000 for installing three or more bonus eligible upgrades between your pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation. The rebate is calculated as $20 per percentage reduction in your EnerGuide Rating.
Application and Deadline Requirements
All applications must be submitted with supporting invoice documentation. Some upgrades may also require supplementary documentation. See sample invoices. You may wish to provide your contractor with these samples to ensure each item outlined is clearly indicated on your invoices.
- For individual upgrade rebates, you must submit your application form(s) to the Rebate Program within 6 months of the date on your invoice(s). It is your responsibility to ensure the Rebate Program receives your application form and supporting documentation within this deadline. City Green and energy advisors working with City Green do not complete this form for you and take no responsibility for ensuring it is received by the deadline.
- For the Home Energy Improvement Bonus you must complete three bonus-eligible upgrades and a post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation within 18 months of your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation, and submit your application form(s) to the Rebate Program within 6 months of your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation. It is your responsibility to ensure that your post-retrofit evaluation is scheduled within 18 months of your pre-retrofit evaluation to ensure your application form can be submitted within your deadline.
- For the EnerGuide home evaluation rebates, you must submit your application form(s) within 6 months of the date of your pre- or post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation(s).
Use the online step-by-step application form to apply for your rebates.
The Energy Conservation Assistance Program is for income-qualified households and provides an in home visit with free energy-saving product installation including energy-saving LED light bulbs, high efficiency showerheads, and weather-stripping to reduce drafts. FortisBC also offers a $25 furnace filter coupon. Some homes may also qualify for an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, insulation in walls, attic, and/or crawlspace, and/or a high-efficiency gas furnace. You can also receive customized energy coaching for how to improve your home’s efficiency.
BC Hydro, FortisBC, Pacific Northern Gas and local municipal utilities are offering free energy saving kits for income-qualified households. The kits include the following: water-efficient showerhead, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, weather-stripping, window film, outlet and switch plate sealers, a refrigerator/freezer thermometer, an LED night light and four LED light bulbs, a furnace filter coupon (for FortisBC gas customers), & installation guide.
- CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance - the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Green Home Program provides either a 15% or 25% premium refund on your mortgage loan insurance when you purchase or construct a new home that meets or exceeds eligible building standards.
- Sagen Mortgage Loan Insurance - the Sagen Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund Program provides up to a 25% Premium Refund on your Mortgage Loan Insurance when you improve the energy efficiency of your newly purchased home.
Receive rebates for ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators, washers and dryers.
- BC Hydro appliance rebates - BC Hydro offers appliance rebates periodically. Check the BC Hydro website for more information on the program timelines and rebates available.
- FortisBC appliance rebates - you must be a FortisBC electricity customer to qualify for these rebates. Check the FortisBC website for more information.
The Bring It Home 4 Climate (BIH) Program is available to residents of the City of Vancouver or Capital Regional District and is designed to engage and support homeowners who are interested in becoming agents of change in their communities by reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their homes. Participants can access Events, a Testimonial Gallery, a Resource Library, and a free Virtual Home Energy Check-Up.
Programs for New Homes
Access rebates for working with an Energy Advisor to build your new home in compliance with BC Energy Step Code. Rebates of up to $8,000 are available, plus additional rebates for installing select high-efficiency natural gas or electric appliances and water heaters.
- Genworth Mortgage Loan Insurance - The Genworth Energy-Efficient Housing Program provides either a 15% or 25% premium refund on your mortgage loan insurance when you purchase a new home built under a qualifying energy efficient building program.
- CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Green Home Program provides either a 15% or 25% premium refund on your mortgage loan insurance when you purchase or construct a new home that meets or exceeds eligible building standards.