VICTORIA – In partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, the Province of British Columbia is extending the popular LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program, which gives homeowners up to $3,500 in rebates for energy saving improvements to their homes.
Since 2008, the LiveSmart BC Program has helped more than 100,000 homeowners in communities throughout B.C. improve the energy efficiency of their home in ways like increased insulation and/or draft proofing.
The program is extended for one year, until March 31, 2014 and BC Hydro and FortisBC will fund the rebates for their customers. The provincial government will continue to reduce the cost of the initial home energy assessment.
Effective April 1, 2013, the home energy efficiency incentives include:
* Up to $1,200 for exterior wall insulation,
* Up to $1,000 for basement insulation,
* Up to $600 to install attic insulation, and
* Up to $400 for air sealing (like weather stripping around doors) and draft proofing.
To access the rebates, homeowners must hire a certified energy advisor to conduct an energy efficiency assessment before and after making any eligible improvements. The energy advisor provides a customized report showing the home’s energy efficiency (EnerGuide) rating and upgrade options. This energy assessment must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.
Homeowners can then choose what upgrades they make from the assessment. They have until March 31, 2014 to make any eligible improvements and complete the post-retrofit assessment. The energy advisor will handle all of the paperwork in applying for incentives after the energy assessment.