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 mini-split or multi-split air source heat pump.
- $1,000 or $1,200 for replacing your electric heating system with a mini-split or multi-split heat pump.
- $2,000 for replacing your oil, propane, or natural gas heating system with a mini-split or multi-split 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 central heat pump system, see the separate incentive page on the Central System 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 $1,000 rebate you must be a BC Hydro customer.
- For the $1,200 rebate you must be a residential FortisBC electric customer.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- Homes primarily heated by wood or solid fossil fuels are not eligible.
- The home must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive utility billing history.
- At least one indoor head must serve a main living area.
- The heat pump must become the primary heating system of the home.
- If you are converting from a fossil fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas) heating system to a heat pump, 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 natural gas or propane fireplaces are eligible if the fireplace is a secondary heating system.
- Replacement of an existing heat pump or adding a head to an existing heat pump are not eligible for the rebate.
- The installed system must have an AHRI certified reference number and meet the following performance requirements:
|Heat Pump Type||Rebates Available||HSPF||SEER|
|Variable Speed Mini Split (single head)||
|Variable Speed Multi Split (multi-head)||
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 or decommissioning.
- 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.
- If you upgraded from electric baseboard heating or an electric furnace to a mini-split ductless heat pump before September 28, 2018, check the $800 rebate offered by the Home Renovation Rebate Program.
- 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.