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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.

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


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.





BC Hydro Power Smart New Homes Program

The most cost-effective way to save energy in the home is to design with energy efficiency in mind. Our New Home Program encourages builders and developers to build an energy-efficient home – a Power Smart home. Working with builders and developers, BC Hydro Power Smart wants to create homes that cost less to operate and are more comfortable places to live.

Builders who build to Power Smart New Home standards receive:
  • Financial incentives* for the home’s EnerGuide rating and the installation of ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Promotional opportunities and funding
  • Power Smart branding for the home


Sponsoring agency: BC Hydro
Type of agency: Utility company

Eligibility

The Power Smart New Home Program is designed for residential builders and developers of single family homes, town homes, or qualifying low-rise multi-family residential buildings.


Application procedure

  1. Conduct a pre-construction evaluation.
    Get house plans evaluated by a Certified Energy Advisor who will make recommendations to increase the performance rating of the home.
  2. Construct the home(s).
  3. Conduct a post-construction verification.
    After construction, a blower door test is conducted by the Certified Energy Advisor to verify the air changes per hour (ACH), which is inputted into the software program for a final performance rating.
  4. Apply for incentives and a Power Smart label. The home receives a Power Smart label when an EGNH 77 rating or higher is achieved.
    • To submit to BC Hydro, download and complete the application form:
    • Application forms can be mailed to:
      Power Smart New Home Program
      900-4555 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4T8
    • After processing the application form, incentives will be paid to the builder.

    A Power Smart New Home representative can discuss energy-efficient design and products with you. Contact us for more information. Our representatives will provide you with all the information you need to participate.



Contact information



Vancity Eco-Efficiency Loan

To help you finance your energy improvements and start saving energy now, take advantage of Vancity’s Eco Efficiency business loan, which offers:

  • A preferred rate on your loan
  • Loans of up to $250,000
  • Financing for up to 100% of your capital upgrades
  • Flexible repayment terms to help you manage cash flow
Vancity’s Eco Efficiency loan for businesses and not-for-profit organizations offers extended amortization, aiming to match your monthly energy savings to your monthly loan payments. That way you can choose energy-savings solutions without feeling the pinch on your monthly operating budget.



Sponsoring agency: Vancity
Type of agency: Financial institution

Eligibility

Vancity’s Eco-Efficiency loan is available to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, housing co-operatives and property-managed stratas.

Application procedure

Contact your Account Manager, visit your local branch, or contact greenbusiness@vancity.com.

Contact information



Vancity Community Project Grants

Community project grants provide up to $10,000 for projects that focus on acting on climate change, facing poverty and growing the social economy. Applications that demonstrate work in two or more of these areas are preferred, as are those that focus resources specifically at marginalized people (including Aboriginal people, immigrants, refugees and people with low incomes). As a general principle, Vancity seeks to support marginalized individuals and groups to participate in decision-making and program development and delivery on the issues that affect and concern them the most.

Sponsoring agency: VanCity
Type of agency: Financial institution

Program offerings

Grants are awarded three (3) times per year. Vancity requires grant recipients to submit a final grant report 30 days after the completion of their project.

Eligibility


Application deadline

The 2009 granting deadlines are closed. The 2010 grant guidelines, criteria, application and deadlines will be posted December 1, 2009.

Application procedure

Please contact the senior coordinator in your region for more information.

Contact information



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