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BC Hydro PowerSmart Energy Saving Kit Bulk Distribution Program

Each energy saving kit contains compact fluorescent light bulbs, weather stripping, window insulator film, electrical outlet and switch sealers, fridge and freezer thermometers, a low-flow showerhead, tap aerators, and an energy–saving nightlight. Read More.

Sponsoring agency: BC Hydro
Type of agency: Utility company

Program offerings

Kits can be distributed through a general process or by direct install.

Eligibility

This program is available for Not-For-Profit Housing Providers that manage their own stock of Housing

Restrictions

Total household income must be at or below the thresholds in Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-offs (LICO). Participants in the program must have a BC Hydro residential rate account, or non-profit housing providers with a commercial build meter.

Application procedure

Contact Steve Austin, Power Smart Residential Marketing for an application form.

Contact information

Telephone: 604-453-9206

In addition to the Energy Saving Kit program, some housing providers may be eligible for BC Hydro’s Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP), which provides low-income residential customers with a free energy efficiency evaluation, energy education and free installation of basic and extended energy conservation measures.

LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program

LiveSmart BC offers grants for energy efficiency upgrades for heating, hot water, insulation, windows and doors, ventilation, and draft proofing for your home.

For more details, see the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Grant Chart.


Sponsoring agency: LiveSmart BC
Type of agency: Provincial government

Program offerings

To access grants, homeowners must have a Home Energy Assessment with a Certified Energy Advisor before and after renovations.

The Energy Assessment includes:

  1. a detailed energy evaluation of your home carried out by a Certified Energy Advisor
  2. a "blower door" test to find air leaks
  3. a customized report that shows where your energy dollars are being spent and what you can do to improve your home's energy efficiency
  4. an energy efficiency rating label that shows you how energy efficient your home is compared with others in your region

Eligibility

For single family homes, row houses, and mobile homes on permanent foundations.


Application deadline

Must complete follow-up assessment by March 31, 2011

Application procedure

To book an Energy Assessment with City Green, the only non-profit provider of the LiveSmart BC incentive, call 1.866.381.9995 or book online.



Contact information

Telephone: 1.866.381.9995


RBC Energy Saver Loan

If you've recently purchased-or are planning to purchase-an energy efficient product or service for your home, you could qualify for the RBC Energy Saver Loan.

This innovative and "green" financing solution can help you create a more energy efficient home faster while saving on your borrowing costs.



Sponsoring agency: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Type of agency: Financial institution

Program offerings

Receive 1% off the interest rate for your fixed rate instalment loan over $5,000

OR

Receive a $100 rebate on a home energy audit on a fixed rate instalment loan over $5,000.

Eligibility

The following products and services are eligible for Energy Saver Loans:

  • Environmentally-friendly products and services recommended as a result of a home energy audit
  • Products and services that qualify for a government grant as outlined by the Office of Energy Efficiency
  • ENERGY STAR qualified products, which could save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs over time
  • Hybrid cars

Application procedure

A home energy audit is a report generated by a licensed professional who is specially trained to examine your home's major heating and cooling systems. They will make recommendations to help you improve your home's energy efficiency and lower your energy costs. You can then decide what you want to do and how much you want to spend.

Simply follow these steps to arrange for your home energy audit.

  1. Choose a licensed home auditor through the Natural Resources Canada website at www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca . Obtain quotes from a few auditors and choose one that you feel offers the best overall value.

    Note: To qualify for the $100 rebate, your audit must be completed sometime within the 90 days prior to being approved for your loan or within 90 days after receiving your loan.

  2. Once your audit is complete, obtain a receipt or invoice from the auditor for a refund from RBC

Receiving Your RBC Energy Audit Rebate

  1. Submit your audit receipt or invoice to your branch within 120 days of receiving your RBC Energy Saver Loan.
  2. Your home energy audit rebate will be credited to your RBC account. The amount will be the actual invoiced amount of the home energy audit, up to a maximum amount of $100.


Contact information

Telephone: 1-866-719-2880

Other Ways to Turn Energy Saving Efforts into Cash

To receive additional government rebates and incentives that you may be entitled to, be sure to follow these steps:

  • Complete some or all of the suggested renovations and improvements within 18 months and have your auditor return to verify the work. Your auditor will submit an application on your behalf to both the federal and provincial governments.
  • Ask your municipal government if similar incentives and rebates are available in your community.

Fortis BC Insulation Rebate

Proper insulation helps keep your home cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. It comes in a variety of types including mineral or organic material, plastic foam, spray foam, glass fibers, batts, blankets, rigid foam-board or fiberboard. Insulation performance is measured by R-value, which refers to its ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better. However, different R-values are recommended for walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces, depending on the area you live.



Sponsoring agency: Fortis BC
Type of agency: Utility company

Program offerings

Rebate is calculated at $0.05 per kWh in savings.

Eligibility


Application procedure


Contact information

Telephone: 1-866-4FORTIS


Fortis BC Solar Hot Water Retrofit Rebate

$1,000 rebate for solar hot water retrofits done on a bulk scale in existing stratified communities, row housing and neighbourhoods. For bulk buys of over 20 systems, an additional $375 discount is available through select certified installers, resulting in significant savings



Sponsoring agency: Fortis BC
Type of agency: Utility company

Program offerings

Advantages of Solar Hot Water Retrofits

  • Reduced monthly operating costs for homeowner
  • Extended life over traditional water heaters
  • Increased resale value
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduced carbon footprint
  • Protection from rising energy prices

Eligibility


Application procedure

To be suitable for solar hot water systems, the following homes will qualify:

  • Single-family residences; or multi-unit residences with separate common entrances and comprising less than 600 square metres of building area; or three or fewer stories of building height
  • Have at least six square feet of south-facing roof space
  • Ensure no shade or limited shade from 10 am – 4 pm on the south-facing area of the roof
  • May need additional space next to the conventional hot water tank for an additional solar storage tank



Contact information

Telephone: 1-866-4FORTIS


Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada announced $1 billion for social housing renovation and retrofit. Of the $1 billion, $850 million is being delivered by provinces and territories on a cost-matched basis for existing federally assisted social housing projects which they administer on behalf of the partnership. The remaining $150 million is being delivered by CMHC for existing federally assisted off-reserve housing which it directly administers. Eligible repairs include general improvements, energy efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications in support of persons with disabilities.

As of February 1, 2010, CMHC is accepting applications from eligible project sponsors for the remaining $75 million funding for year two. Sponsor groups can apply online or through the mail. Eligible repairs include general improvements, energy-efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications in support of persons with disabilities.



Sponsoring agency: CMHC
Type of agency: Federal government

Eligibility


Application deadline

February 22, 2010

Application procedure

Apply online or download the application here.

Contact information



Solar BC Incentive

SolarBC contractors will provide you with a $2,000 discount at the point of sale of your solar hot water system. Or, rather than the full $2,000 from SolarBC, you can apply for a Zero Interest Loan and receive a smaller discount.

Sponsoring agency: Solar BC
Type of agency: Provincial government

Eligibility

Use the online SolarRating tool to find out how suitable your home is for solar hot water.

Restrictions

The SolarBC Residential Project offers incentives only for systems installed by registered installers. Read more about Choosing a Registered Installer.

Contact information

Telephone: 1 866 650 6527


Terasen Gas Efficient Boiler Program

Teresan Gas is offering assistance in selecting an efficient boiler configuration for your project. This program is accessible to commercial building owners, developers, consulting engineers or contractors’ for installing or upgrading to condensing or near-condensing boilers. The program is offering cash rebates of up to 75% of the purchase price premium.

Sponsoring agency: Terasen Gas
Type of agency: Utility company

Eligibility

To qualify for assistance in selecting an efficient boiler configuration for your project and financial incentives for installing or upgrading to condensing or near-condensing boiler you must be a commercial building owner, developer, consulting engineer or contractor. For more information please visit the Terasen Gas website.

Application procedure

Vist the Terasen Gas Efficient Bolier Program webpage for details. New Construction Application Form Replacement Market Application Form

Contact information

Telephone: 1-888-477-0777


Light Commercial EnergyStar® Boiler Program

Terasan Gas is offering cash rebates of up to $1,495.00, if you’re building, converting or upgrading a small building you may qualify by installing an Energy Star condensing or near-condensing boiler sized up to 299 MBH. Rebates for new construction will be available to the builder/developer, and conversion and retrofit rebates will be available to the end customer, account holder, or building owner, as reflected on their Terasen Gas account.

Sponsoring agency: Terasen Gas
Type of agency: Utility company

Eligibility

If you're building, converting or upgrading your heating system, you may qualify for a cash rebate of up to $1,495 by installing an ENERGY STAR condensing or near-condensing boiler sized up to 299 MBH.

Typically this would apply to someone who:
  • owns a small commercial building
  • owns or manages a small (5-20 units) rental or strata multi-family dwelling
  • is a commercial developer or builder
  • has a long-term lease for a commercial enterprise
  • The facility where the boiler is installed must in the Terasen Gas service territories of the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Squamish, Interior of BC, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast. This program is not offered in Whistler.
  • The facility where the boiler is installed must use natural gas purchased according to one of the following Terasen Gas Rate Schedules: 2, 2U, 3, 3U, 5, 23, 25, AGS, SCS-1, SCS-2 or LCS-1.
  • Rebates are available for multiple boilers in a single facility.
To qualify, installed boilers must be:
  • Installed on or after January 1, 2009;
  • Energy Star boilers (near-condensing boilers rated 85% AFUE or higher, or condensing boilers rated 90% AFUE or higher);
  • With input rating of up to 299,000 Btu/hr. Modular boiler size is based on individual boiler module.
  • Used for space heating, domestic water heating (in combination with space heating), process load, or a combination of these;
  • Not be used for exclusive pool heating or snow melting, unless boiler also serves heating load as main service; and
  • Installed by a BC Safety Authority registered gas contractor and in accordance with the manufacturer’s specification and must comply with applicable laws, codes, standards and ordinances.
  • The rebate is independent of the price of boilers or the total cost of the mechanical system. The program does not include any additional rebate or incentive for labour, vent modifications, piping changes, design calculations, or other equipment.

Restrictions

  • Terasen Gas may amend, modify or terminate this program at any time based on funding limitations or for any other reason, without notice.
  • Terasen Gas may accept applications up to 90 days after closing the program, but in no event will it accept applications received more than 90 days after the closing the program.
  • Applicant acknowledges that by taking part in the program, their boiler may use less natural gas and produce fewer emissions. Applicant agrees that Terasen Gas may record any resulting reductions in emissions along with those of participating customers and credit them to the Terasen Gas Greenhouse Gas Management Program.
  • Terasen Gas will have no ownership interest in the boiler.
  • Terasen Gas, not being the designer or manufacturer of the boiler, makes no representation or warranty, express or implied as to the fitness, design or capability of the material, equipment or workmanship of the boiler, nor any warranty that the boiler will satisfy the requirements of any law, specification, or contract.
  • The applicant is solely responsible for any tax liability imposed as a result of payment of the rebate.
  • The program is independent of other incentives and rebates by Terasen Gas and/or other utilities, manufacturers, or government incentive programs or grants.
  • Rebates cannot be assigned or transferred to another recipient.
  • In applying for this offer, please be aware that Terasen Gas or one of its agents may contact you in the future to participate in a survey about this offer.
  • Applicant acknowledges and agrees that Terasen Gas may randomly draw applications for on-site audits to ensure stated natural gas appliances are installed and to grant Terasen Gas reasonable access for these audits.
  • For more details on the rebates, warranties, please read the programs term & conditions here.

Application procedure

• To be eligible for the rebate, the participant must return a copy of the completed Application form and a copy of the invoice and/or work order that contains the date of installation and details of all work performed, including the make and model number of the boiler, the gas permit number and if applicable, a copy of the approval certificate and Certificate of Inspection from the BC Safety Authority.

Contact information

Telephone: 1-888-477-0777


BC Hydro Project Implementation Funding

Implementation Funding is available to large commercial, government and institutional customers to reduce the capital cost of implementing electrical energy efficiency projects.

Implementation Funding is designed to allow customers to meet internal hurdle rates, such as payback periods and return on investment. Through the Power Smart Partner Program, you could receive funding for up to 60% of the incremental cost of lighting, mechanical, HVAC and other energy efficiency projects. The funding level is also based on a tiered approach, meaning projects that were previously too costly may now be eligible for richer incentives.



Sponsoring agency: BC Hydro
Type of agency: Utility company

Eligibility

Commercial, government and institutional customers are eligible for Implementation Funding under the Power Smart Partner program if the project
  • saves a minimum of 100,000 kWh/year (or 50,000 kWh for mechanical or HVAC only projects) by implementing a proven energy saving technology, where the project performance is measurable and sustainable. You can bundle projects from different sites with different end-uses in order to qualify for funding.
  • Is hardwired or permanent in nature, and has a simple payback of greater than two years before factoring in the incentive amount.

Application procedure

  1. Submit an Implementation Funding application and proposal.
    A BC Hydro Energy Study is acceptable as a proposal, and is eligible to be fully funded by BC Hydro upon project completion.
  2. BC Hydro will review the application and issue an Incentive Agreement upon approval.
  3. You sign the agreement and implement the project.
  4. Once the project has been implemented, submit the required completion documents.
  5. Upon project approval, you will be issued the incentive payment.

Please note that any component of the project cannot be initiated without an Incentive Agreement in place with BC Hydro. If the project has started prior to an Incentive Agreement, it will not be eligible for any incentives from BC Hydro.

To find out more about Implementation Funding, contact your BC Hydro Key Account Manager, call 1 866 522 4713 or visit www.bchydro.com/business.





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