The Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program have updated their efficiency requirements for heat pumps, effective January 1, 2023. The new requirements now accept products that have been tested under both the HSPF/SEER and HSPF2/SEER2 testing standards. The minimum program requirements are as follows: HSPF ≥10.00 or HSPF2 ≥8.5, SEER ≥16.00 or SEER2 ≥15.2. A list of eligible heat pump products can be found on the heat pump qualified product list.
Homeowners in Nanaimo, BC can take advantage of these rebates and receive up to $7,000 in combined rebates for upgrading 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 transfer heat from one place to another, rather than generating heat from fuel or electricity. There are several heat pump options for homeowners to choose from, 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 listed on the rebate-eligible heat pump list, replace the primary electric heating system, and be appropriately sized to function as the primary heating system for the home. The installation of the heat pump must be completed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member, with both the indoor and outdoor units being new and in good working order.
Homeowners who switch from natural gas, oil, or propane heating systems may be eligible for up to $11,000 in combined heat pump rebates. The application and all supporting documents, including the invoice, must be submitted within six months of the invoice date to receive the rebates. It is important to review the eligibility criteria and installation requirements to ensure eligibility.
Now is a great time for homeowners in Nanaimo, BC to switch to a heat pump and take advantage of the available rebates. Contact Energy Werx BC for more information on heat pumps and how to apply for the rebates.