Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is pleased to announce that it is now offering additional incentives to the first 125 homes located in the capital region that participate in the Province’s Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program. The District of Saanich is also offering additional incentives to the first 50 participants in the CRD program that are residents of Saanich.
The Provincial Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines' Innovative Clean Energy Fund and administered by City Green Solutions, a non-profit energy efficiency organization.
“It is estimated that the capital region hosts over 13,000 oil tanks,” said Judy Brownoff, CRD Environmental Services Committee Chair and Saanich Councillor, “indicating great opportunity for residents to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save on home heating bills. Making the switch also eliminates the risk of costly environmental damage caused by home heating oil leaks, which has proven to be a major liability.”
The Provincial Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program offers up to $1,700 per home to help British Columbians upgrade from oil heating to efficient electric air source heat pumps. To meet the requirements, homeowners must install a qualifying, all electric central or mini-split heat pump and remove their oil tank and oil heating system.
To access the provincial funding, participants are also required to complete EnerGuide home evaluations before and after upgrades. Home evaluations provide expert, unbiased energy efficiency advice and diagnostic testing, and also provide access to additional incentives through utility rebate programs.
The typical total cost for the required home evaluations is $450. A $150 rebate is provided for all participants in the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program across the province. The first 125 participants in the capital region will receive an additional $150 energy evaluation subsidy from the CRD. The District of Saanich incentive will provide an added $150 home evaluation rebate for the first 50 Saanich participants. All heat pump and home evaluation incentives are offered on a first come, first serve basis and will be provided upon completion of the heat pump upgrade and post-retrofit home evaluation.
To learn more, or to register for the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program and access the CRD and District of Saanich incentives, visit www.oiltoheatpump.ca. To learn more about CRD Climate Action and Integrated Watershed Management programming, visit www.crd.bc.ca.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications