April 25, 2013 - British Columbia, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is extending the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program until March 31, 2014—which gives homeowners up to $3500 in rebates for energy saving improvements to their homes.
By Alyssa Dalton
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 (such as weather stripping around doors) and draft proofing.
“Home improvements aimed at energy efficiency are a good long-term investment that can help you reduce your energy bills. LiveSmart BC provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for British Columbians, making it easier to access rebates and incentives,” said Lisa Coltart, executive director, Power Smart and customer care.
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. The energy assessment must be completed by December 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.
“Through LiveSmart BC, homeowners can easily increase the value of their home, make it more comfortable and save on monthly energy bills,” said Rich Coleman, minister of energy mines and natural gas.
“This program has proven a valuable resource for our customers who want to complete the deep retrofits necessary to improve the energy efficiency of their homes,” added Doug Stout, VP energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC.
Since 2008, the LiveSmart BC Program has helped improve the energy efficiency in the homes of more than 100,000 B.C. homeowners.