The Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program have recently updated their efficiency standards for heat pumps starting January 1, 2023. These standards now accept products tested under both HSPF/SEER and HSPF2/SEER2 testing criteria. The minimum requirements are: HSPF ≥10.00 or HSPF2 ≥8.5, and SEER ≥16.00 or SEER2 ≥15.2. A list of eligible heat pumps can be found on the heat pump qualified product list.
Homeowners in Kelowna, BC 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 $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 instead of generating it through fuel or electricity. There are several heat pump options available, including ductless mini-split, ductless multi-split, and central ducted heat pumps. Rebates for each option range from $1,000 to $2,000.
To qualify for the rebates, the heat pump must be listed on the eligible heat pump list, replace the primary electric heating system, and be appropriately sized for the home. The installation must be completed 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 could be eligible for up to $11,000 in combined heat pump rebates. The application and supporting documents, including the invoice, must be submitted within six months of the invoice date to receive the rebates. It is crucial to review the eligibility criteria and installation requirements before applying.
Kelowna homeowners now have the opportunity to upgrade to a heat pump and receive valuable rebates. Contact Energy Werx BC for more information on heat pumps and rebate applications.