The Home Renovation Rebate and CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program have recently updated their efficiency standards for heat pumps, effective from January 1, 2023. Both HSPF/SEER and HSPF2/SEER2 testing standards are now accepted under the new requirements. The minimum HSPF and SEER standards for the program are as follows: HSPF ≥10.00 or HSPF2 ≥8.5, SEER ≥16.00 or SEER2 ≥15.2. A list of approved heat pumps can be found on the qualified product list.
North Vancouver homeowners can take advantage of these rebates and receive up to $7,000 in combined rebates by replacing their existing electric heating system with a heat pump. The rebates include 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 alternative to conventional heating systems as they transfer heat instead of generating heat from fuel or electricity. Homeowners can choose from different heat pump options including ductless mini-split, ductless multi-split, and central ducted heat pumps, with rebates ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
To qualify for the rebates, the heat pump must be listed on the eligible heat pump list, replace a primary electric heating system, and be properly sized for the home. The heat pump must be installed by a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member, with both the indoor and outdoor units being new and functioning well.
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 before applying.
North Vancouver homeowners are encouraged to upgrade to a heat pump and take advantage of the rebates available. Contact Energy Werx BC for more information on heat pumps and to learn about the rebate application process.