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.
With one of these kits, learn about what you can do at home to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Choose to better insulate your home, choose low energy appliances, renewable energy systems, heating and lighting options.
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:
Rebates and Incentive Programs
The CRD is offering top up incentives to the provincial Oil to Heat Pump Program. Save on energy bills, lower your household carbon footprint and protect our local creeks, harbours and nearshore marine environment by replacing your home heating oil tank with a heat pump. Learn more >>
The Home Renovation Rebate Program can help reduce your ongoing energy costs and improve the comfort of your home with incentives to retrofit your home, including:
- Draft proofing
- Space heating
- Water heating
Learn more and apply for BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebates or Fortis BC Home Renovation Rebates.
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: