Upgrade to an efficient storage tank and Fortis will give you $50, but only until December 31, 2011.
Heating water takes between 20 and 35% of your home’s total energy use. Considering that you use it every day, you won’t be able to go long without it – or a hot shower – if your tank goes kaput. A natural gas storage tank water heater lasts about 10 to 12 years, so inevitably you’ll be replacing one at some point in your life.
Don’t squeeze it to the last drop.
You could wait until your water heater leaks before you replace it. But a leak can cause a small flood and damage. And what if it fails while you’re away on vacation? Is it worth the risk?
Avoid the puddle.
If your storage tank water is 10 years old or more, we recommend you replace it now with an efficient or Energy Star model. Not only will you quash that underlying fear it could go at anytime for a more harmonius peace of mind, you’ll save money in the long run too with lower energy costs.
What is an efficient storage tank water heater?
These types of water heaters have an efficiency factor (EF) of at least 0.62. The Province of BC has created a new minimum energy efficiency standard requiring all storage tank water heaters manufactured after September 1, 2010 to have an EF of at least 0.62. The FortisBC list of eligible storage tank water heaters is aligned with this new standard. To qualify for the rebate, the storage tank water heater must be on the FortisBC list or be ENERGY STAR rated.
How to apply
- Review the terms and conditions.
- Contact a gas contractor or water heater salesperson and advise them that you want to install an ENERGY STAR or efficient storage tank water heater listed on the FortisBC eligible storage tank water heater list.
- Fill out the joint application form with the salesperson/contractor you purchased the water heater from. Make sure you fill in all the technical details as incomplete applications won’t be processed. Give a copy to the salesperson/contractor and keep one copy for yourself.
- Have your contractor install the qualifying model.
- Send us a copy of your completed application form with a copy of the gas permit and invoice to:
Efficient Residential Storage Tank Water Heater Program
P.O. Box 9090
Surrey, BC, V3T 5W4
- We’ll mail you a cheque for $50. Please allow a minimum of 90 days to process.
- must be purchased or installed between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011
- applications must be received by January 31, 2012
Who do you call when your water heater fails?
Call a registered heating and plumbing contractor. You can also purchase a water heater from a retailer but in order to qualify for the $50 rebate the water heater must be installed by a gas fitter registered with the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) or gas authority having jurisdiction in your area.