In Saanich, residential buildings account for 17% of our community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or nearly 90,000 tonnes of GHGs per year.
Helping residents improve the efficiency of their homes through energy retrofits improves comfort, affordability and longevity of Saanich’s buildings, while also contributing to Saanich’s goal of becoming a 100% renewable energy community by 2050. There are many ways you can make your home more efficient, such as adding insulation or replacing your oil heating system with a high efficiency heat pump. Check out our Climate Plan Backgrounder on Buildings for more information on how your home can be part of the solution.
Then, read on to see what special offers may be available to Saanich residents that can help you with important energy upgrades to your home!
BC Energy Coach and EfficiencyBC
EfficiencyBC is the online hub for homeowners and businesses in BC to access information, incentives and support to reduce energy use and GHG emissions in homes and buildings. Right now there are tens of thousands of dollars of incentives available across a wide variety of retrofits, so get going on your energy upgrades today!
A free BC Energy Coach telephone service is available if you have questions about specific rebate programs, home energy upgrade options, EnerGuide home evaluations, or if you just don’t know where to start. Contact the free BC Energy Coach service at 1.844.881.9790 or visitEfficiencyBC.ca
Switch to a Heat Pump: Up to $2,700 for Saanich Residents
EfficiencyBC is now offering rebates of up to $2,000 when you upgrade from an oil, natural gas or propane heating system to an electric heat pump. Thanks to an additional $350 in top-up incentives from both the District of Saanich and the Capital Regional District, up to $2,700 is available to Saanich residents who switch from a fossil-fuel based heating system to an energy efficient air-source heat pump.
For more information, visit EfficiencyBC.ca or call 1-877-545-6247. The offer is available until September 28, 2020 or until funding is exhausted.
Why make the switch?
- If switching from oil, you will save between 40 – 75% on your energy bills each year; homes switching from natural gas will have similar energy costs with a heat pump.
- Dramatically reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Get comfortable and cost effective heating and cooling all year round.
- Improve indoor air quality with a heat pump’s air filtration system.
- If switching from oil, you will eliminate the risk of a costly oil tank spill to your property and the environment.
EfficiencyBC is funded and administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC, the Province of BC and many local governments to provide $24 million to help people save energy and reduce their environmental footprint.