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Cleanbc Ef­fi­ciency Re­bates Make Sav­ing En­ergy More Af­ford­able

- Business · Clean Tech · Ecology · Transportation · Money Tips · Energy · Industries · Lifehacks · British Columbia · John Horgan

Bri­tish Columbians mak­ing en­ergy-sav­ing im­prove­ments to their homes can save thou­sands of dol­lars with new Cleanbc ef­fi­ciency re­bates.

“Cleanbc ef­fi­ciency re­bates will save peo­ple money, cre­ate good jobs and help put B.C. on the path to a cleaner, bet­ter fu­ture,” said Premier John Hor­gan. “Help­ing peo­ple keep their homes cooler in the sum­mer and warmer in the win­ter makes sense, and the ef­fi­ciency they’re in­vest­ing in will help B.C. re­duce cli­mate pol­lu­tion.”

The higher re­bates are part of a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of in­cen­tives un­der Cleanbc’s Bet­ter Build­ings pro­gram, which makes it eas­ier and more af­ford­able for Bri­tish Columbians to choose en­ergy-sav­ing prod­ucts and save money on home and busi­ness ren­o­va­tions.

The Prov­ince’s Cleanbc plan pro­vides up to $14,100 for a home and up to $220,000 for a com­mer­cial busi­ness to switch to high­ef­fi­ciency heat­ing equip­ment and to make build­ing en­ve­lope im­prove­ments, while sav­ing en­ergy and re­duc­ing green­house gases.

Fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives are avail­able for a va­ri­ety of mea­sures, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing fos­sil fuel (i.e. oil, propane or nat­u­ral gas) heat­ing sys­tems with an elec­tric air-source heat pump, im­prov­ing in­su­la­tion, up­grad­ing to a high­ef­fi­ciency nat­u­ral gas fur­nace or in­stalling im­proved win­dows and doors that min­i­mize heat loss. For ex­am­ple:

• Peo­ple who ap­ply for an in­cen­tive can re­ceive up to $3,000 (with ad­di­tional in­cen­tives avail­able in some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) for re­plac­ing a fos­sil fuel (oil, propane or nat­u­ral gas) heat­ing sys­tem with an elec­tric air-source heat pump ($1,000 more than be­fore).

• Home­own­ers plan­ning to up­grade their win­dows and doors to more en­ergy ef­fi­cient mod­els may ac­cess up to $2,000 in in­cen­tives ($1,000 more than be­fore).

• Home­own­ers can also ap­ply for up to $700 in in­cen­tives for high­est ef­fi­ciency nat­u­ral gas fur­naces.

• Com­mer­cial build­ing own­ers can re­ceive up to $20,000 to com­plete en­ergy stud­ies that iden­tify cost-ef­fec­tive im­prove­ments to their build­ing and up to $200,000 for the im­prove­ments them­selves.

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