The Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program have updated their efficiency requirements for heat pumps, starting January 1, 2023. The new requirements accept products that have been tested using either HSPF/SEER or HSPF2/SEER2 testing standards. The minimum program requirements for HSPF and SEER are: HSPF ≥10.00 or HSPF2 ≥8.5, SEER ≥16.00 or SEER2 ≥15.2. A list of heat pump products that meet these standards can be found on the qualified product list.
Homeowners in Victoria, BC have the opportunity to take advantage of these rebates and receive up to $7,000 in combined rebates for replacing their electric heating system with a heat pump. This includes up to $2,000 from BC Hydro and up to $5,000 from the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
Heat pumps are a more energy-efficient option compared to traditional heating systems, as they transfer heat from one place to another instead of generating heat from fuel or electricity. There are various heat pump options available for homeowners, including ductless mini-split, ductless multi-split, and central ducted heat pumps. Rebates for each option range from $1,000 to $2,000.
To be eligible for the rebates, the heat pump must be on the eligible heat pump list, replace the primary electric heating system, and be of the right size to function as the primary heating system for the home. The installation must be done by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member and both the indoor and outdoor units must be new and in good working condition.
Homeowners who switch from natural gas, oil, or propane heating systems may be eligible for up to $11,000 in combined heat pump rebates. To receive the rebates, the application and all supporting documents, including the invoice, must be submitted within six months of the invoice date. It is important to review the eligibility criteria and installation requirements to ensure eligibility.
Now is a great time for homeowners in Victoria, BC to upgrade to a heat pump and take advantage of the rebates being offered. Contact Energy Werx BC for more information on heat pumps and how to apply for the rebates.