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The Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program is offering a rebate of up to $3,000 for installing a combination space and water heat pump system.

Available Rebates

  • Up to $3,000 incentives are available if you are fuel switching both your fossil fuel water heater and fossil fuel space heating (pre-approval required).
  • If you are on electric water heating and fossil fuel space heating, you may be eligible for $3,000 (pre-approval required).
  • If you are on fossil fuel water heating and electric space heating, you are only eligible for the electric heat pump water heater incentive. If the product is on the eligible heat pump water heater list then no pre-approval required, if it is not, then pre-approval is required.
  • 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.

If you receive $2,000 in program incentives for this measure (not including municipal top-up), then your combination space and hot water system upgrade can count as one upgrade towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus. If you receive $3,000 in program incentives for this measure (not including municipal top-up), then your combination space and hot water system upgrade can count as two upgrades towards the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The heat pump must be installed on or after September 28, 2018.
  • You must be a residential FortisBC electric, municipal electric or BC Hydro customer.
  • Homes in non-integrated areas of the electricity grid that are primarily heated with oil, gas, or propane require pre-approval from the Province prior to installation of an air source heat pump to confirm eligibility. Contact efficiencyBC@gov.bc.ca to begin the approvals process.
  • You must live in an eligible home.
  • The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.

Upgrade Requirements

  • The combination system must be installed by a licensed contractor with a valid BC business license for the trade applicable to the installation work.
  • The heating system must serve the main living area.
  • The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home.
  • All fossil fuel heating equipment must be removed or decommissioned.
  • The primary back up system must not be natural gas, oil or propane. Homes with a natural gas or propane fireplaces are eligible if the fireplace is a secondary heating system.

How to Apply

  1. This rebate requires pre-approval. Contact efficiencyBC@gov.bc.ca for the pre-approval process.
  2. After approval, purchase an eligible combination system 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 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.

Other

  • For more information on choosing the right type of heat pump for your home, see What type of heat pump should I choose?
  • 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.
  • Check out our incentive 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.
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