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. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?
The Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program is offering a rebate of up to $2,000 for switching to a central system air source heat pump.
- $1,200 for replacing your electric heating system with a central system heat pump (FortisBC electric only).
- $2,000 for installing a variable speed air source central system heat pump.
- Select municipalities have Municipal Offers of up to an additional $2000 that can be accessed only when converting from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, oil, or propane) 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?
- The heat pump must be installed on or after September 28, 2018.
- For the $1200 rebate you must be a FortisBC electric customer.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- Homes primarily heated by wood or other solid fossil fuels are not eligible.
- The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.
- The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home.
- If you are replacing an electric heating system, your old electric system must be hard-wired (for example, baseboards or an electric furnace). Replacement of an existing heat pump is not eligible for the rebate.
- If you are replacing an oil heating system, your old oil system must be removed or decommissioned.
- If you are replacing a propane or natural gas heating system, your old propane or natural gas system must be removed or decommissioned or be integrated into a combined furnace/heat pump system.
- If you integrate a heat pump into your existing propane or natural gas heating system, or install a back-up system to your heat pump that is natural gas or propane, specific outdoor thermostat setpoints must be used for the life of the system. Please see Am I eligible for a heat pump rebate if it is combined with a gas, propane, or oil furnace as backup?
- Note: A heat load calculation is required for all heat pump installations with a natural gas or propane back-up. For more information, see this FAQ.
- The installed system must have an AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the system and meet the following performance requirements:
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- Have your contractor check the AHRI directory to ensure your heat pump meets these requirements.
How to Apply
- Carefully review the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase and install an eligible heat pump.
- 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.
- 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 after the second bonus-eligible upgrade is installed, and 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 18 months of your pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation, and after your post-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation.
- If you are planning to replace your space heating system and water heating system with a combination space & water heating system, you may be eligible for incentives—please see here for more information.
- Off-grid communities that are served by 100% diesel-powered generation are not eligible for this incentive unless they are already using electrical space heating. Other off-grid communities may be eligible, but must be approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources before proceeding. Contact efficiencyBC@gov.bc.ca to begin the approvals process.
- Check out our incentive search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Select municipalities have Municipal Offers that can be accessed only when converting from fossil fuel heating (natural gas, oil, or propane) to an electric air-source heat pump.
- If you installed upgrades prior to September 28th, 2018, check out our FAQ “What if I started my renovations before the launch of the new Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC program?”
- 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.