*Content courtesy of CleanBC Roadmap to 2030
Enhancing energy efficiency programs
Energy companies like BC Hydro and FortisBC have been working for years to encourage efficiency, offering information, tools and support and partnering with the Province to provide incentives and rebates
Utility-funded programs have been effective in reducing emissions, but like so many aspects of our climate-change response, they need to go further, building on initiatives in CleanBC to support the deep reductions needed to meet our long-term targets. We’ll achieve that, in part, with updated regulations to shift the focus of utility-funded efficiency programs to support market readiness for future standards and codes, place more emphasis on electrification, and to ensure affordability for households and businesses. Instead of seeing incentives for conventional gas-fired heating equipment such as furnaces and boilers, consumers will see more support for building-envelope improvements such as insulation and better windows, and all kinds of high efficiency heat pumps – electric, gas and hybrid. We’ll also look for ways to further coordinate and integrate energy efficiency programs to make them more effective and easier to access.
CLEANBC BETTER HOMES INCOME QUALIFIED PROGRAM
CleanBC Better Homes is B.C.’s online hub for homeowners to access information, rebates and support to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in their homes. The CleanBC Better Homes Income Qualified Program is a new, time limited, efficiency and electrification offer that provides high-value incentives to low- and moderate-income households. It complements existing residential energy efficiency programs to help make life
more affordable while improving the quality, comfort and resiliency of homes, saving energy, and reducing GHG emissions.