EcoSave coordinator Carmen Proctor encourages homeowners to take advantage of the chance to save about $135 on energy evaluations if you sign up before July 20.

EcoSave coordinator Carmen Proctor encourages homeowners to take advantage of the chance to save about $135 on energy evaluations if you sign up before July 20.

Nelson EcoSave program offers discount on energy evaluations

How to save home energy dollars with Nelson's energy retrofit program.

Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave energy retrofits program is running a time-limited offer to encourage homeowners to learn about saving energy and accessing rebate offers. From now until July 20, you can save money on the initial cost of an energy evaluation.

An energy evaluation helps you see where heat may be escaping and how to make your home more energy efficient. An energy advisor will look at insulation levels, space and water heating, weatherization opportunities and ventilation. You’ll learn what measures will provide the best paybacks and what rebates are available.

FortisBC has brought back its $800 furnace/boiler rebate for a limited time. Pre-qualify by July 20 and purchase and install equipment by Oct. 31. The cost savings for the initial energy evaluation offered through the EcoSave program will coincide with this deadline, so homeowners must register for EcoSave by July 20 and then complete the energy evaluation by Dec. 31.

The promotion price for the energy evaluation is $165, reduced from the regular cost of over $300. With the support of FortisBC, you will receive free energy efficient products, including light bulbs, outlet insulators and low-flow showerheads.

Can’t afford to save energy? On-bill financing is where you can borrow up to $16,000 for energy upgrades and repay the loan on your Nelson Hydro bill, at 3.5 per cent interest. The loan process is simple and fast. “On-bill financing removes barriers for those homeowners who can’t afford the upgrades, and the process is simplified since we do not look at the homeowners credit, approvals are based on account standing/history and property ownership,” says program coordinator Carmen Proctor.

The financing is just an option as part of the EcoSave program; over 450 people have registered since the program began over three years ago.

“We signed up for our furnace replacement, increasing our attic insulation, and draft proofing,” says EcoSave participant Barbara Bergen. “The EcoSave program made it easy for us to complete the upgrades plus navigate through the rebate system, and not only were we rebated quite a lot of money, we are now enjoying a toastier house, 30 per cent less heat loss through drafts, and lower fuel bills.”

Find out how you can access the bonus rebate of $750 plus all the other available rebates and low-interest financing by contacting Proctor or by visiting nelson.ca/ecosave.