Check out some of the home energy efficiency and electric vehicle incentives that can support you to take action on climate change.
Heat Pump Incentives
Keep your home cozy in the winter and cool in the summer with a climate-friendly heat pump! There is currently up to $14,500 available in rebates offered by the City of Victoria, the CleanBC Better Homes Program, BC Hydro, and the Canada Greener Homes Grant when you upgrade your oil or natural gas fossil fuel heating system to an electric heat pump. Heat pumps run on renewable electricity to deliver heating, cooling, air filtration, and dehumidification safely and conveniently. For more information and to apply for rebates, please visit CleanBC Better Homes.
Current heat pump rebates include:
- Up to $5,000 (Canada Greener Homes Grant)
- Up to $3,000 (CleanBC Better Homes)
- $500 for an electric service upgrade (CleanBC)
- $3,000 heat pump top-up (BC Hydro)
- $2,000 heat pump top-up (City of Victoria) *nearly subscribed*
- $500 for an electric service upgrade top-up (City of Victoria) *nearly subscribed*
- Up to $500 for a CRD Group Purchase Rebate
Act now as City of Victoria municipal top-up rebates will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Municipal funding is subject to availability and top-up rebates are not guaranteed.
Instead of creating heat like a traditional furnace, air source heat pumps take heat from the air. In summer, the heat pump works like an air conditioner, removing heat and humidity from your home and pumping it outside.
In the winter, a heat pump reverses the process, absorbing heat from the outside air and transferring it inside. Even on the coldest days in Victoria, heat pumps can efficiently absorb heat from the outside air.
Solar Rooftop Tool
Ever wonder what the solar potential of your home or business is? The new Solar Rooftop Tool, which was developed with support from the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and others, can be used to determine the amount of sunshine that almost any building in Victoria receives over the course of a year.
This tool provides information on potential solar power generation for specific rooftops throughout the city, an estimate of how much a photovoltaic (PV) energy system (or solar array) would cost, and available rebates. Make sure to check out the Resources and FAQ sections in the menu to learn more. Installing solar panels on your home or business’ rooftop is another way that you can help make buildings in Victoria climate-friendly.
Electric Vehicle Charger Rebates
Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
The City of Victoria is providing top-ups for the Electric Vehicle Charging Station rebates offered by the Provincial Government for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs). To check out the top-up rebates offered by Victoria, please see BC Hydro's Local Charger Rebate Top-Ups page.
Building owners and managers of MURBs can apply for rebates for EV charging stations through the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program. Learn more about EV charger rebates and how to apply at B.C.'s EV charger rebate program | Electric Vehicles | BC Hydro.
Do you have questions about how to install and manage EV chargers and systems in your strata/apartment building? Check out the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association's page on Electric Vehicle Charging for Stratas to learn more.
Bring it Home 4 the Climate
Bring It Home 4 the Climate was created to engage and support homeowners and organizations who are interested in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their homes.
Bring It Home 4 the Climate helps homeowners take the first step by providing support such as free energy coaching, free virtual home energy check-ups, free DIY energy-efficiency materials, access to the EnerGuide Home Evaluation Subsidy, and retrofit resources.
Information on Bring It Home 4 the Climate, including access to support services and resources can be found at BringItHome4Climate.ca.