Judy Sheppard of Nelson was one of EcoSave’s first participants. She upgraded insulation, windows and her heating equipment. Photo submitted

Provincial energy incentives complement Nelson’s EcoSave program

B.C. offers homeowners new financial incentives for energy retrofits

The director of Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Energy Retrofit program is welcoming a new provincial initiative that provides increased energy-saving incentives for area homeowners.

“We are excited that the province has launched EfficiencyBC,” says Carmen Proctor, head of the Nelson Hydro program that’s been in operation for six years.

“This is an increase to the rebate amounts that are available, plus the addition of new rebates. In particular, I am excited about the fuel switching rebate which offers you $2,000 to convert to an electric air source heat pump.”

Proctor says the new rebates, combined with her program, could effect Nelson households that are heated with natural gas or have a natural gas water heater.

The rebates could include:

• $300 from EfficiencyBC and $225 from EcoSave for undertaking a pre- and post-upgrade energy assessment (with 50 per cent off the pre-energy assessment for a limited time)

• $2,000 from EfficiencyBC for converting to electric air source heat pump

• $500 from FortisBC for installing a condensing, tankless natural gas water heater

• $600 from FortisBC for installing R30-rated attic insulation over 1,000 square feet

• $1,200 for improving a home’s EnerGuide score by 60 per cent

The EfficiencyBC program is jointly funded with $12 million each from the the provincial and federal governments under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

Related: New grants make energy retrofits more affordable for B.C. property owners

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