It’s 2019 and we at West Coast Lifestyle Group believe in keeping up with the times and technology. Long term sustainability is very important to us and we want to do everything in our capacity to make our surroundings as green and energy efficient as possible. Most people are unaware of the government’s EnerGuide energy efficient program, regulations and benefits.
“EnerGuide is the official mark of the Government of Canada for its energy performance rating and labeling program for key consumer items—houses, light-duty vehicles, and certain energy-using products. The information provided by EnerGuide allows consumers to compare different models with confidence. The data may be a rating number based on a standard measure or a verified average of energy consumption. EnerGuide works in concert with Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations and the ENERGY STAR® Canada program to promote energy efficiency in the Canadian marketplace.
Energy efficiency helps:
- save energy
- lower utility bills
- reduce our impact on the environment
Natural Resources Canada has some great tips and incentives to help you make your home more energy efficient.
- Install a programmable thermostat – Lower your home temperature at night and whenever you’re away for several hours. You can save up to two percent on your heating bill for every degree you roll back the temperature.
- Seal air leaks around front door and windows through weatherstripping and caulking.
- Change your bulbs – Buy long-lasting ENERGY STAR® certified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs).
- Insulate your pipes – Cover the first two metres of hot and cold water pipes with foam sleeves or insulating wrap to save on water heating costs and lower water usage. (Leave a 15 cm (6-inch) clearance between insulation and vent pipes on fuel-fired water heaters.)
- Get a timer for your block heater – Set it to turn on just an hour or two before you need to start your vehicle.
- Upgrade your exhaust fans – Choose ENERGY STAR® certified models for your bathroom and kitchen and vent them outdoors. Add timers to reduce power consumption.
- Go low-flow – Install water-saving toilets, faucet aerators and showerheads (rated at less than 7.6 litres per minute). Check and repair leaky faucets and outside hose bibs.
- Plug into power bars – Choose models with timers or master plugs that can power-down devices when they’re not in use so they don’t consume standby power.
Featured Loans for Energy Saving Home Upgrades
From Financial Institutions:
- VanCity Home Energy Loan
- VanCity Eco-efficiency Loan
- Scotia EcoEnergy Financing
- RBC Solar Panel Financing
- RBC Energy Saver Loan
This is not an exhaustive list please speak with your financial institution.
- FortisBC Heat Pump Loans: If you are upgrading your electric furnace or baseboard heaters to a high-efficiency air source heat pump you may want to look into the FortisBC Heat Pump Loan options.
- Nelson EcoSave Financing: On-bill financing is a financial loan service available to Nelson Hydro customers.
- Penticton Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): HELP is available to City of Penticton residents who complete eligible energy efficiency upgrades.
- Speak with your home improvement contractor to find out if they offer any financing packages for home upgrades.
Many other financing options are available. Inquire with your financial institution, mortgage lender, and upgrade installer for additional loan options.
Home Energy Efficiency Incentives
Home energy efficiency upgrades are a great way to save money and help protect the environment, and there are many incentive programs to help!
These rebates are available for upgrades installed and pre-retrofits completed before September 28, 2018. If you complete a pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation or install upgrades on or after September 28, 2018, check the Home Renovation Rebate and EffciencyBC Program for more information.
These rebates are available for upgrades installed and pre-retrofits completed on or after September 28, 2018. If you complete a pre-retrofit EnerGuide home evaluation or install upgrades before September 28, 2018, check the Home Renovation Rebate and EffciencyBC Program for more information.
Energy Conservation Assistance Program
Free to income-qualified households. Includes free in home visit with advice and tips for how you can improve your home’s efficiency. Homeowners may also qualify for free energy saving product installation such as: energy-saving lightbulbs, high efficiency showerheads, and weatherstripping to reduce drafts. Some homes may qualify for ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, insulation, or a high-efficiency gas furnace. Visit BC Hydro or FortisBC to learn more.
Mortgage Loan Insurance Rebate
Featured Energy Efficiency Incentives: Grants, Rebates, Discounts
- $500 – for replacing your old furnance or boiler to a high efficency ENERGY STAR® model
- Up to $1700 for upgrading to an efficient natural gas heating system and/or natural gas water heater from FortisBC
- $300 for an EnerChoice gas fireplace from FortisBC
- Check out the EfficiencyBC incentive page to see if you’re eligible for other programs for energy efficiency upgrades.