at-home-hhDecisions on where we live, how we get around, what we eat, and how we deal with our waste contribute to our collective ‘carbon footprint’. Taking action at home to reduce energy and fuel use, increase renewable energy supply, and prepare for climate-related impacts are important ways that individuals can be a part of the global climate solution.

Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Your home offers many opportunities to upgrade energy efficiency, save on your bills and improve your comfort. Choose to better insulate your home, choose low energy appliances, renewable energy systems, heating and lighting options.
For some more ideas visit: Consider hiring a professional to undertake a detailed energy assessment for your home. The energy assessment will rate the efficiency of your home, and provide recommendations for retrofits based on their effectiveness. Find an assessor in your neighbourhood:

There are lots of home energy efficiency incentives to take advantage of in BC. Currently, BC Hydro and Fortis are providing the Home Energy Rebate Offer (HERO): incentives for retrofitting your home. 

Rebates for "standalone" energy saving upgrades, include:     

  • insulation
  • draftproofing
  • space heating (heat pumps, furnaces and boilers, fireplaces
  • water heating (tank or instantaneous gas)

A $750 bonus offer is available for those who complete THREE (3) eligible upgrades, from the list above and/or in combination with the upgrades from the list below:    

  • windows and doors
  • heat recovery ventilators

Applying for

  • "standalone" upgrades, simply install eligible upgrades and apply for the rebate using the forms available on the program partner websites: BC Hydro - Rebates or Fortis BC - Rebates
  • the $750 bonus offer, or rebates for window or air sealing upgrades, you will need to complete a home energy assessment before and after upgrades.

For more information, visit BC Hydro or Fortis BC or contact the HERO program toll-free at 1.877.740.0055.

Other rebates and incentives:

  • BC Hydro - Rebates
  • Fortis BC - Rebates
  • Preparing for Climate Change Impacts At Home

    The climate is changing. Over the next fifty years, the capital region will see longer, drier summers, wetter winters and more intense and frequency of storms. Read more>>

    Preparing for expected climate impacts offers homeowners the opportunity to protect their investment, save money, increase the quality of life on their property, and build a more resilient community. Some easy things you can do at home are:

    Current Campaigns

    Oil to Heat Pump Incentive - CRD Top Up

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) is pleased to announce that it is now offering additional incentives to the first 125 homes located in the capital region that participate in the Province’s Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program. The District of Saanich is also offering a further 70 incentives to residents of Saanich. The Provincial Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program offers up to $1,700 per home to help British Columbians upgrade from oil heating to efficient electric air source heat pumps.
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    Climate Action To-Go Kits

    The Climate Action To-Go Kit Program is a fun and easy way to learn about what you can do at home to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Kits are filled with tools, resources and activities to help residents take action at home and in the community. They can be borrowed from your local library now! Read more >>