Decisions on where we live, how we get around, what we eat, and how we deal with our waste contribute to our collective ‘carbon footprint’. Taking action at home to reduce energy and fuel use, increase renewable energy supply, and prepare for climate-related impacts are important ways that individuals can be a part of the global climate solution.
Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Your home offers many opportunities to upgrade energy efficiency, save on your bills and improve your comfort. Choose to better insulate your home, choose low energy appliances, renewable energy systems, heating and lighting options.
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Consider hiring a professional to undertake a detailed energy assessment for your home. The energy assessment will rate the efficiency of your home, and provide recommendations for retrofits based on their effectiveness. Find an assessor in your neighbourhood:
There are lots of home energy efficiency incentives to take advantage of in BC. Currently, BC Hydro and Fortis are providing the Home Energy Rebate Offer (HERO): incentives for retrofitting your home.
Rebates for "standalone" energy saving upgrades, include:
- space heating (heat pumps, furnaces and boilers, fireplaces
- water heating (tank or instantaneous gas)
A $750 bonus offer is available for those who complete THREE (3) eligible upgrades, from the list above and/or in combination with the upgrades from the list below:
- windows and doors
- heat recovery ventilators
- "standalone" upgrades, simply install eligible upgrades and apply for the rebate using the forms available on the program partner websites: BC Hydro - Rebates or Fortis BC - Rebates
- the $750 bonus offer, or rebates for window or air sealing upgrades, you will need to complete a home energy assessment before and after upgrades.
For more information, visit BC Hydro or Fortis BC or contact the HERO program toll-free at 1.877.740.0055.
BC Hydro - Rebates
Fortis BC - Rebates
Other rebates and incentives:
Preparing for Climate Change Impacts At Home
The climate is changing. Over the next fifty years, the capital region will see longer, drier summers, wetter winters and more intense and frequency of storms. Read more>>
Preparing for expected climate impacts offers homeowners the opportunity to protect their investment, save money, increase the quality of life on their property, and build a more resilient community. Some easy things you can do at home are: