A reminder that the Province of BC’s LiveSmart BC retrofit program is still available to homeowners interested in receiving grant money for home improvement upgrades!
Here in the Interior we are eligible for some terrific grants and incentives for replacing our less efficient equipment with qualifying Energy Star furnaces and heat pumps.
For example, a qualifying Energy Star gas furnace will earn you a rebate of $600, and if you also install a qualifying Energy Star heat pump you would be eligible for $1500! As intended, these incentives will greatly reduce the investment required for you to install high efficiency equipment into your home.
There are some basic steps that need to be followed in order to obtain the rebates:
- Before you start, you need to have a Certified Energy Auditor perform an energy assessment of your home. Comfort Tech Heating & Cooling can either book this audit on your behalf, or we can provide you with the contact information of the Certified Energy Auditors in our area.
- Your auditor will provide you with a report showing the best ways to reduce your energy use throughout your entire home. You can use this report to determine which upgrades make the most sense for you and your budget. The program continues to pay $150 toward each initial energy assessment, lowering the cost for families to access this $325 service.
- Make qualifying energy improvements to your home and complete a second assessment within 18 months of your first assessment or by March 31, 2013 – whichever comes first.
- Your energy auditor will submit your application giving you access to applicable LiveSmart BC Incentives.
There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for incentives. Please read about the eligible improvements carefully. If you are unclear on requirements, your Certified Energy Auditor can confirm all grant amounts for the equipment you are thinking of installing.
There are also many more available incentives for energy efficient upgrades like insulation, windows, doors and skylights, water heating, etc. For a full list of the changes and incentives available to homeowners through the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program visit www.livesmartbc.ca/rebates
If you would like to ask us any questions about the program, please contact us today to get more information. We have numerous furnaces and heat pumps that qualify for the rebates, and would be happy to do a free estimate at your convenience.