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Applications for B.C.’s expanded heat pump rebate program now open

July 5, 2024 | By HPAC Magazine


Expanded program offers savings of up to $24,000 for households making the switch to heat pumps.

The CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program is now open for applications, with the expanded program increasing the available rebate values for heat pump upgrades and adding an additional income tier for middle-income houses.

“If you have ever thought about switching to a heat pump to reduce home energy costs, […] now is the time,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The middle-income tier applies to families of four with two adults and two children making $185,620 or less on their combined pre-tax annual, with this group now eligible for rebates of as much as $10,500 when making the switch. Previously, the income threshold for a family of four was $114,647.

The program has also been expanded to include electrical-service upgrades and to offer eligibility to people living in northern B.C. communities, making some families eligible for as much as $24,000 in rebates when switching to a heat pump.

Rebate values have also increased for previously-established tiers. Available rebates for families of four making less than $87,350 annually have now increased from $9,500 to $16,000.

Applicants can also register for the program to verify their eligibility and rebate amount prior to installation, with rebates deducted from the final invoice by contractors. Along with the rebates for heat pump installation, the program also provides funding for home upgrades, such as the installation of energy-efficient windows and doors, insulation and ventilation.

The CleanBC Better Homes Energy Savings Program’s expansion comes from a $151-million investment from the Province and a federal investment of $103.7 million from Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund and the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) program.

“If you have ever thought about switching to a heat pump to reduce home energy costs, cool your home in summer and help create a cleaner B.C. too, now is the time,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “By expanding this program, we will help thousands more people and families make the switch and feel the multiple benefits heat pumps bring.”

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