Save on Heaters, Air Conditioning & Boilers
Whether you are thinking of replacing your current home appliances, or you are planning some major renovations this year, FortisBC could help you save on energy-efficient upgrades. FortisBC has created an incentive program for participating businesses in British Columbia, at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating, we are proud participants in this program. This program intends to reward those who choose green, energy-efficient appliances for their homes. We’ve compiled the complete list of residential benefits from FortisBC so you can upgrade and save on your next project.
FortisBC Rebate Program
FortisBC has created several helpful resources that help you save energy in your home. Among these helpful tips are cash incentives to go green. Often, a common objection to making the switch to energy-efficient appliances is the higher upfront cost of purchasing and installation.
While the appliances generally save you money in the long run, Fortis has decided to help ease the initial upfront cost with its incentive program. If you are a BC resident and FortisBC client looking to upgrade your home appliances, you may be eligible to participate.
Fortis offers 21 different rebates for residential homes, which range from washing machines, insulation and even EV charging stations.
Complete List of 21 Residential Fortis Rebates:
Natural Gas Furnace Rebate
If it’s time to replace your old natural gas furnace, or you are looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model, this rebate could help save you up to $1000.
You could qualify for this program if you are a natural gas customer with FortisBC and the existing furnace that you are looking to replace must be 10 years or older. The rebate only applies if you install an ENERGY STAR furnace with a two-pipe direct vent system.
You can find out whether or not the furnace you are interested in is eligible by entering the model number on the Fortis information page. It’s best to submit your rebate application as soon as possible, but applications can be submitted up to 6 months after the invoice.
The rebate amount can be up to $1000, and it largely depends on the appliances’ fuel utilization. Those that have a 97-99% fuel utilization efficiency can receive the full $1000 rebate, whereas those with a fuel utilization of 95-96.9% can receive between $500-$800 in rebates. Visit the FortisBC gas and boiler rebates page for more information.
Natural Gas Water Heater Rebate
Hot water heaters should be replaced every 7 to 10 years. If you notice signs of a failing water heater, such as water leaks, or rust and sediment build-up, it may be a good time to take advantage of the new FortisBC Gas Water Heater rebate. You could receive up to $1000 in rebates if you are eligible.
In order to qualify, you must be a FortisBC natural gas customer, who is replacing a residential water heater. Your application has to be submitted within 6 months of your invoice. And lastly, the new water heater that you choose must be ENERGY STAR approved, here is a list of the approved models to choose from.
For those looking to replace a hot water storage tank, you could receive up to $200 in rebates. However, for those looking to switch to condensing tankless models or condensing storage tanks, you are eligible for up to $1000 in rebates.
Applying for your rebate is easy, you can apply online here. You must include supporting documents such as proof of payment as well as the new appliances model number.
Washer & Dryer Rebates
Old appliances can end up costing you more money due to inefficiencies and high energy bills. If it’s time for a new washer or dryer, you could receive up to $250 in rebates when you choose a new, qualifying ENERGY STAR washer or dryer.
New clothes washers that are ENERGY STAR certified are eligible for a $100 rebate. Whereas new clothes dryers are eligible for $100-$250 worth in rebates. The CEF (Certified Energy Factor) determines the rebate amount, with those that are more energy efficient being eligible for higher rebates. You can apply online for your washer or dryer rebate here. You can also visit the FortisBC website for more details on this offer.
Natural Gas Connection Rebates
If you are looking to replace your old, wood stove, oil or propane heating appliances, you could receive up to $2,700 in rebates when you switch to natural gas. FortisBC has up to $1700 in rebates for those looking to connect appliances to natural gas. An additional $1000 is available for those who also install an approved natural gas, ENERGY STAR water heating system.
In order to be eligible for this set of rebates, you must live in an existing home. There is only one gas connection rebate available per appliance. Applications should also be submitted immediately and are eligible for up to 60 days after installation.
The following types of water heaters are eligible for rebates: boilers, combination heaters, water heaters, and furnaces. The rebate amount will depend on the energy efficiency of the appliances. You can start your rebate application today and submit it to FortisBC, or learn more about this program on the FortisBC information page here.
Residential EV Charging Stations
Have you recently purchased an energy-efficient car? FortisBC wants to reward those who are helping lower the carbon footprint by choosing energy-efficient vehicles. This rebate is for residential customers only, however, there is a rebate option for workplaces as well.
In order to be eligible for the EV rebate, you must be a FortisBC electricity customer. The home where you plan to install the charging station must be a minimum of 6 months old and have dedicated parking. (This cannot be combined with other incentives such as the ZAPBC EV incentive program)
Energy Saving Kit
This is an income-qualified incentive to help share energy-saving tips and help you save on heat, hot water, and electricity.
For those that qualify, the kit is entirely free and contains a water-efficient showerhead, faucet aerators, window film, weatherstripping, outlet seals, a thermometer for the fridge or freezer, LED light bulbs and a coupon for a furnace filter.
Free Energy Evaluation & Upgrades
This is a complimentary, income-qualified program that can help you save money and reduce energy use.
If you qualify, you get a free home energy assessment and additional free products such as LED lights, faucet aerators, efficient shower heads, water pipe wrapping, weather stripping, and carbon monoxide alarms. Some clients may also be eligible to receive ENERGY STAR certified appliances, such as a new fridge, insulation or gas furnace.
This program is available even if you are renting your home, however, you must provide a landlord consent form if this is the case. Learn more about our income-qualified energy evaluation today by visiting the FortisBC website.
Furnace & Boiler Rebates (Income Qualified)
FortisBC wants everyone to have the power to switch to energy-efficient solutions for their homes. That is why they have created this special, income-qualified rebate. You can receive up to a $3000 rebate for furnaces or $2000 rebate on a new boiler if you are a FortisBC natural gas customer and are income qualified.
Loan Options for a Heat Pump
You can fully finance a new heat pump, with a loan of up to $6500 for eligible applicants. If you are looking to upgrade to a high-efficiency heat pump. FortisBC provides a low-interest rate of 1.9% and you have up to 10 years to repay the loan.
If the heat pump rebate is simply not enough, and you are looking for a full financing solution, this is an excellent opportunity. For more information and details on eligibility, visit the FortisBC website.
Heat Pump Rebate
Do you have an old furnace or baseboard system that is no longer functioning at maximum capacity? Now may be a good time to consider switching to an electric heat pump. A heat pump uses far less electricity and helps to keep the temperatures evenly regulated through your home.
If you live in a detached home or townhouse, and are a FortisBC electricity customer, you can receive up to $2000 in rebates when you make the switch to an electric heat pump.
The rebate amount depends on the type of new system you choose as well as its levels of energy efficiency. Eligible appliances include mini-split heat pumps, multi-split heat pumps, tier 1 central heat pumps, and tier 2 central heat pumps.
For more information and application details, visit the FortisBC website.
Rebate for Heat Pump Servicing
Heat pump servicing is essential to help keep your heat pump running at its best. It is recommended that you have your heat pump serviced annually, however you may have it serviced more frequently if you notice something wrong.
Now you can receive up to $50 in rebates for heat pump servicing. In order to qualify you simply must be a FortisBC electricity customer and submit your application for a rebate within 60 days of your invoice.
Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate
If the time has come to start looking for new water heaters, it may be a good opportunity to switch to a high-efficiency heat pump. These water heaters are far more energy-efficient and you can benefit from a rebate of up to $1000 when you make the switch.
In order to qualify, you must be a FortisBC electricity customer and live in a residential home that has a solid foundation. In order to qualify for the full $1000 rebate, you must be sure you select a qualified appliance. To learn more, visit the Heat Pump Water Heater rebate page at FortisBC.
Home Renovation Rebates
Now is an excellent time to get started on those home renovations you’ve been putting off. If you are looking to add some high-efficiency upgrades to your residential home, you may qualify for up to $2,300 in Fortis BC rebates.
Eligible upgrades include: insulation, windows & doors, water heating, space heating, and fireplaces. You can also receive $20 per 1% increase in your EnerGuide rating, for a full rebate of up to $2000. Learn more about eligibility, appliances and the application process at the FortisBC website.
Natural Gas Boiler/ Combination Heater & Hot Water Rebate
If you have noticed it takes longer to heat your home and hot water, or your boiler is over 10 years old, it’s time to look for replacement options.
FortisBC has an incentive program for those looking to replace natural gas boilers with ENERGY STAR alternatives. You can receive up to $1000 in rebates when you replace a boiler and $1500 in rebates when you switch to a combination heater and hot water system.
Natural Gas Fireplace Rebate
If you live in a condo, townhome or residential-detached house, and you are looking to replace your existing fireplace, you could save up to $300 on your purchase.
This FortisBC rebate is eligible for those looking to upgrade to a natural gas, EnerChoice fireplace. To qualify for the rebate you must be a FortisBC natural gas customer or own a strata unit that is serviced by FortisBC.
Natural Gas Wall Furnace
Save up to $2,100 in rebates when you install a natural gas wall furnace. Wall furnaces are an excellent way to manage those cold spots that occur in many homes or heat a laneway house/garage. If you have one room that feels particularly cold, even when the heat is on, Fortis BC can help. Get up to $700 when you switch to a natural gas wall furnace, or $1100 when you include a wall furnace and ENERGY STAR water heater. Learn more about eligibility, application details, and deadlines on the FortisBC website.
Natural Gas Water Heater Rebates (Income Qualifying)
Those that are income-qualified can receive up to $2500 in rebates when they switch to a natural gas water heater that is ENERGY STAR certified. Proof of income is required for applicants looking to benefit from this program.
If you are looking to replace a water storage tank, there is up to $500 available in rebates. For those looking to upgrade to condensing tankless models or condensing storage tanks, the full $2500 is available in rebates. Learn more about the application process and eligibility on the FortisBC website.
Home Construction Rebates
If you are building a new home in 2020, you could be eligible for between $1000-$8000 in rebates. If you exceed the minimum BC building codes for energy efficiency, there are rebates available.
In order to qualify, the home must be newly constructed, built in a FortisBC service area, be a maximum of 4 storeys and be a detached, attached or laneway house. Learn more about the terms and conditions for the new home construction rebates here.
New Refrigerator Rebate
If your fridge is getting old or running poorly, it may be time to consider switching to a more energy-efficient option. FortisBC offers up to $100 in rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified fridges. This is an excellent way to quickly improve the energy efficiency of your kitchen and save with FortisBC. Learn more about the program details and application process.
Window & Door Rebates
Windows and doors that are not optimized or properly insulated can cause a loss of heat in your home. This results in increased energy bills and higher heating costs. FortisBC has created an incentive program that can help you save up to $1000 in rebates when you upgrade your residential windows and doors to approved, energy-efficient models. In order to be eligible, you must be a FortisBC gas or electricity client or a BC Hydro customer. The house must be detached, apartments do not qualify. Learn more about application details as well as the products that qualify for this rebate at the FortisBC website.
Rebates for Insulation
Upgrading your residential home’s insulation is an excellent way to save money on your heating bills, and improve energy efficiency. Now you can benefit from rebates that range from $900 to $1200 in savings for insulation. Learn more about the application process as well as your eligibility at the FortisBC website.
Fortis Rebates and Offers At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating
Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating is proud to participate in the FortisBC rebate program. We offer the following select rebates in collaboration with FortisBC:
- Up to $1000 on your Natural Gas Water Heater
- Save up to $1500 Combination Heating and Hot Water System
- Up to $1000 on a New Natural Gas Furnace or Boiler
- $2500 on your Natural Gas Water Heater (Income Qualified)
- $3000 on a New Natural Gas Furnace or Boiler (Income Qualified)
Contact Hillcrest Plumbing Today To Learn More
Our team is committed to providing you with reliable, safe and energy-efficient solutions to help you and your family save on heaters, boilers, furnaces and much more. We can assist with installation as well as maintenance for all appliances and provide 24/7 emergency plumbing and heating services to meet your needs.
The FortisBC rebate program aligns with our core values and commitment to providing the best and most cost-effective solutions for our clients. We hope that you can take advantage of these rebates and much more. Contact us for more information about these promotions or call 604-879-1415 to book an appointment.