Fuel-switching incentives available for CRD residents

Energy used to heat buildings is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in region

The Capital Regional District is offering a $350 top-up incentive for households in the region to switch from a fossil fuel heating system to an electric air-source heat-pump.

The incentive is available on a first come first served basis through the provincial EfficiencyBC Program and in combination with up to $2,000 for ductless or central heat pumps.

Energy used to heat and power buildings is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, or GHG, in the capital region, according to B.C.’s Community Energy and Emissions Inventory,

“Our new incentive program is a testament to the CRD’s commitment to both reducing GHGs in our region and preparing our community for climate change,” said Larisa Hutcheson, general manager of parks and environmental services with the CRD.

“Electric heat pumps are the most efficient way to reduce your home’s GHG output—and, compared with oil heating, making this switch has the same impact as not driving your car for 15 years.”

Residents can apply through EfficiencyBC for incentives that help them save energy. Among other rebates, B.C residents can receive up to $2,000 for replacing a fossil fuel home heating system (oil, natural gas or propane) with an electric heat pump. To meet the requirements, homeowners must install a qualifying, all-electric central or mini-split heat pump and remove their fossil fuel heating system.

For more information about the overall program, visit www.efficiencyBC.ca. To learn more about region-specific top-ups, visit www.crd.bc.ca/heatpump.


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