Up to $3700 Available for Switching Fossil Fuel Heating Systems to Electric Heat Pumps

The CRD is offering a $350 top-up incentive for (up to 200) households in the capital region to switch from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas or propane) heating system to an electric air-source heat-pump.

These incentives are available on a first come first served basis (or until September 2020) through the provincial EfficiencyBC Program and in combination with:

Terms and conditions
Promotional poster (PDF), brochure (PDF) and media release

What is the EfficiencyBC Program?

EfficiencyBC aims to help households and businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by switching to high efficiency heating equipment and making building envelope improvement.

Launched in partnership by the federal government, BC Hydro, FortisBC, BC Housing, and many local governments, including the Capital Regional District, it dedicates $24 million to help people save energy and reduce their environmental footprint. Administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC.

How do I access the CRD, Saanich and Victoria incentives?

Go to EfficiencyBC, and see section How to Apply to

  • confirm your eligibility
  • read the terms and conditions
  • identify an eligible heat pump
  • complete the online application form and upload all supporting documentation once the eligible heat pump is installed. 

Only one application is needed for all incentives.

For additional assistance, contact an EfficiencyBC Energy Coach:
Toll free: 1.844.881.9790
Greater Victoria: 250.412.0489

Are other rebates available?

Yes, there are incentives for replacing your electric heating system with a heat pump, insulation, windows, doors and more.

Visit EfficiencyBC for details about rebates for:

  • Residential renovations
  • Residential new construction
  • Commercial renovations
  • Commercial new construction

Or contact an EfficiencyBC Energy Coach
Toll free: 1.844.881.9790
Greater Victoria: 250.412.0489

www.efficiencybc.ca functions as a hub for B.C. homeowners and businesses to access tailored information on EfficiencyBC incentives and related utility and local government incentives, as well as decision assistance tools and project coaching services.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump takes heat energy from one place and moves it to another – just like a refrigerator. In summer, it moves heat out of the house, and in the winter it moves heat into the house – even if it’s cold outside. Learn more >>

Why upgrade to a heat pump?

  • Year-round comfort: A heat pump takes the place of both an air conditioner and a heating system, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Maximum efficiency: When properly installed, a heat pump uses half to a third as much energy as electric baseboards or a gas furnace.
  • Climate Friendly: For an average home heated by natural gas, switching to a heat pump reduces your carbon footprint by about the same amount as not driving your car for 9 months of the year*.
  • Climate prepared: Heat pumps also work in reverse in the summer to provide cooling, or air conditioning. Regional climate projections have shown that our region is expected to experience more days above 25°C in the future.
  • Better indoor air quality: Most heat pumps provide air flow and dehumidification with options to add an enhanced filtration system to clean the air circulating through your home of indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens.
  • Reduced community greenhouse gas emissions: In the capital region, heating, cooling, lighting and powering buildings is our community’s second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more >>
  • Reduced risk of an oil spill on your property: Homeowners with aging or under-maintained home heating oil tanks may have environmental and financial risks. Learn more and report a spill.

*If you are using BC grid electricity.

What do I need to know before removing an oil tank safely?

Oil tanks can represent a hazard to the local environment and a significant financial liability for you if they leak or spill. Cleanup costs for oil tank leaks are the responsibility of the homeowner, and your private home insurance likely does not cover these costs.

Before starting to remove an old home heating oil tank, or installation a new tank, contact your local fire department to inquire about any permits and/or inspections required. It is also recommended to contact your home insurance company to inquire about the processes and requirements.

Can decommissioned oil tanks be recycled?

Oil tanks are metal, and as such, must be recycled once they are safely decommissioned. Once emptied of all oil and oil residue, home heating oil tanks can and must be recycled as scrap metal.

There are two types of residential heating oil storage tanks, above ground tanks (typically found in basements or outside of homes) and underground tanks (buried).

Hire a professional – this is not a do-it yourself job.

For more information and a list of disposal facilities, visit Myrecyclopedia.