Climate & Energy 

Incentives and Rebates Program

The RDKB has partnered with FortisBC and other organizations and levels of government to motivate you to act to conserve energy and lower your greenhouse gas emissions. Because sometimes we all need extra encouragement to do the right thing, and saving money can be very encouraging indeed.

Residential

Home Renovations and Upgrades
Kootenay Boundary homeowners can take advantage of several home renovation rebates offered through the FortisBC rebates and CleanBC Better Homes Program, a partnership between the Province of B.C., BC Hydro, and FortisBC.  These rebates are home improvements that will save you money, conserve energy, and lower your greenhouse gas emissions. You could receive up to $10,000 in rebates. 

Canada Greener Homes Initiative
The Canada Greener Homes Initiative provides grants and a loan for home evaluations and for retrofits. The eligible retrofits include home insulation, windows and doors, air sealing, thermostats, heating and renewable energy systems.

The Canada Greener Homes Initiative consists of:

  • Grants from $125 to $5,000 - To get a part of your costs back for eligible home retrofits.
  • Up to $600 as a maximum contribution towards the total costs of your pre and post retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations.
  • Interest Free Loan: from $5,000 to $40,000 with a repayment term of 10 years to help you undertake major home retrofits.

Find more details on Greener Home Initiative

Retrofit Financing Program

There are a number of financing programs available to assist people with financing their upgrade. These include:

  • FortisBC Heat Pump Loan – provides loans up to $6,500 at a 1.9% fixed interest rate, over ten years for the upgrading your electric furnace or baseboard heaters to a high-efficiency air source heat pump. Customers can apply for the Heat Pump loan or Heat Pump rebate but not both.
  • CleanBC Better Homes Low-Interest Financing Program provides loans up to $40,000 with a promotional interest rate of 0% over 5 years for switching from fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) heating system to a heat pump. Customers can apply for the CleanBC loan or Heat Pump rebate but not both.

New Home Program Incentives: FortisBC and the CleanBC Better Homes Program offer support and rebates to local home builders who are interested in preparing themselves for the BC Energy Step Code and this new model of measuring efficiency. 

If you build a home more energy efficient than the minimum BC Building Code requirements, you can qualify for a home performance rebate ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 through the FortisBC and the CleanBC Better Homes Program

A summary of the rebates in our region.
 

Commercial

Energy Step Code IncentivesFortisBC and Better Buildings BC offer incentives for the construction of Part 3 commercial buildings that achieve higher energy performance beyond the minimum levels required by the BC Building Code. The program offers a clear incentive structure based on the performance levels of the new BC Energy Step Code.

Other Energy Efficiency IncentivesThere are a variety of rebates for high efficiency commercial such as appliances, boilers, heat pumps, controls, and lighting.