Learn more about how you can increase the energy efficiency and decrease the emissions from your home!
The City of Victoria is encouraging all residents to take advantage of the thousands of dollars in available incentives, as well as free retrofit support programs to make their homes more climate-friendly. But what does that mean exactly?
A Climate Friendly Home is an energy-efficient, all-electric, zero-emissions home that does not burn fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil for heat, hot water or cooking.
Where to Start
Regardless of where you are in your home retrofit journey, there are plenty of free support programs and available incentives to help you take the next step to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency.
Not sure where to start or need help deciding on the next step? Visit BringItHome4Climate.ca to get access to:
- A free virtual home energy check-up
- Enhanced retrofit decision-making and technical support
- Free retrofit resources, testimonials and special offers such as webinars and workshops
Do you have questions on rebates, requirements, how to find a qualified contractor or would like free energy coaching? Or are you ready to apply for rebates and need support with your application? Visit BetterHomesBC.ca for more information or to speak to a Home Energy Coach.
What Makes a Home Climate-Friendly?
A Climate Friendly Home:
- Uses an electric heat pump for efficient heating in the winter and cooling in the summer
- Has an induction stove for fast, safe and cleaner cooking
- Has an efficient electric hot water tank or heat pump hot water heater
- Is well-insulated and draft-free for greater comfort and the lowest possible energy bills
- Has no appliances or systems that burn fossil fuels, such as natural gas, propane or oil
Other things that you can do to make your home even more efficient and resilient are upgrading windows and older inefficient appliances, and considering solar panels.
A Climate Friendly Home is All-Electric
Most of us know that gasoline and diesel vehicles produce a great deal of climate pollution. Not as many realize that our homes also contribute a substantial amount of community greenhouse gas emissions.
Fossil fuels including natural gas and oil heat 54% of British Columbia homes and provide hot water for 42% of homes. That is why buildings represent 11% of the province’s overall greenhouse gas emissions—or about 6.9 million tonnes. Within the City of Victoria, half of our total GHG emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels for space and water heating in buildings. Many homes in the city are aging and very inefficient when it comes to energy usage which makes the problem worse and also results in lower home comfort and much higher energy bills.
The abundant supply of clean, renewable electricity in BC and the availability of high-efficiency all-electric options for building space and water heating means switching to electric is the most climate-friendly option.