The CVRD is offering rebates to residents who switch from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump. Photo supplied

The CVRD is offering rebates to residents who switch from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Regional District offers energy incentives

The Comox Valley Regional District has increased and expanded its rebate programs for select home-heating and energy-efficiency upgrades to support CleanBC Better Homes rebate programs.

The CleanBC Program aims to reduce environmental impacts of existing residential buildings and reduce energy consumption. By using clean energy and using it more efficiently in homes, British Columbians can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The following municipal top-up rebate programs are being offered by the CVRD throughout 2021 on a first come, first serve basis while funding is available:

•A $2,000 rebate when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump which is an increase of $350.

•A new rebate of $500 for an electrical upgrade when switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a high-efficiency heat pump.

•A $150 rebate when using an energy advisor (program-qualified) to perform a home energy evaluation in order to help plan upgrades to make your home more efficient and comfortable.

“We are excited to be able to offer increased incentives to our residents,” said Alana Mullaly, senior manager of sustainability and Regional Growth Strategy planning. “It is a win, win. Residents save money and every little step we take helps us decrease our greenhouse gas emissions.”

Comox Valley residents may be eligible for other rebates offered through Better Homes BC programs for water heating, insulation, windows and doors. FMI: betterhomesbc.ca

Residents with installation invoices dated Sept. 28, 2018 to Dec. 30, 2020 are eligible for a $350 rebate only for switching from a fossil fuel heating system to a high efficiency heat pump and are not eligible for the 2021 revised rebates outlined above.

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