January 8, 2013 · 1:50 PM

The Comox Valley Regional District is giving a three-month extension to its electoral area home energy rebate program, aimed at helping residents save money on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The rebate program was scheduled to end Dec. 31 but will continue until March 31, which means residents in the three electoral areas can still qualify to take advantage of rebates offered through the home retrofit program or the new construction program.

The home retrofit program was developed to offset the costs of the two home energy assessments required to become eligible for the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program.  According to the provincial Community Energy and Emissions Inventory for the electoral areas, buildings represent about 22 per cent of the areas’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The new construction program offers a free energy assessment of a project to provide a projected EnerGuide rating and to identify energy improvements. An additional $100 rebate is available to those who commit to improving the energy performance of their new home and achieving EnerGuide 80 or above.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted. For eligibility criteria and to download application forms visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/greenbuilding.

— Comox Valley Regional District