The Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program have updated the efficiency requirements for heat pumps starting January 1, 2023. These updated requirements now accept products tested under both HSPF/SEER and HSPF2/SEER2 testing standards. The minimum requirements for HSPF and SEER are as follows: HSPF ≥10.00 or HSPF2 ≥8.5, SEER ≥16.00 or SEER2 ≥15.2. A list of eligible heat pumps can be found on the qualified product list.
Homeowners in Courtenay Comox can take advantage of these rebates and receive up to $7,000 in combined rebates by replacing their current 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 efficient alternative to traditional heating systems as they move heat from one place to another instead of converting fuel or electricity into heat. Options for homeowners include ductless mini-split, ductless multi-split, and central ducted heat pumps, with rebates ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
To be eligible for the rebates, the heat pump must be listed on the rebate-eligible heat pump list, replace the primary electric heating system, and be properly sized to function as the primary heating system for the home. Installation must be completed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member, with both indoor and outdoor units being new and in good working order.
Homeowners who switch from natural gas, oil, or propane heating systems could 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 Courtenay Comox to upgrade to a heat pump and take advantage of the current rebates offered. Contact Energy Werx BC for more information on heat pumps and how to apply for the rebates.