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5 HOME OWNER INCENTIVES to Take Advantage of NOW


Blog by Joe Campbell | April 30th, 2015


Following our previous article about “greening” your property, we thought it a good idea to provide a few of the various rebates and incentives currently available to Home Owners on the North Shore!

Take advantage of these opportunities and get greener today.

 

1/ Low Interest Renovation Loans

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Financial institutions offer ‘green’ loans for home owners making energy efficient upgrades. Vancity’s Bright Ideas personal loan offers home owners up to $20,000 at prime + 1% for up to 10 years for ‘green’ renovations. RBC’s Energy Saver loan offers 1% off the interest rate for a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000 or a $100 rebate on a home energy audit* on a fixed rate installment loan over $5,000.

For information visit your financial institution.

www.vancity.com/Loans/TypesOfLoans/BrightIdeas

and

www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/personalloans/energy-saver-loan.html

 

 

2/ Home Energy Rebate Offer

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BC Hydro and FortisBC offer home owners rebates for various upgrades and improvements, including insulation, draftproofing, spaceheating systems, water heating systems and ventilation. These improvements can reduce the average residential customer’s energy bill by 30%. There is a bonus offer for completing three or more of certain upgrades. Total value of available rebates is almost $6,000 per household.

www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/rebates_savings/home-energy-rebate-offer.html

and

www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/HomeRebates/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

3/ FortisBC Rebate Program for Homes

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A range of rebates for home owners including a $300 rebate for purchasing an EnerChoice® fireplace, or up to $1,000 off an ENERGY STAR® water heater, or a $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an ENERGY STAR® heating system.

www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Homes/Offers/Pages/default.aspx

1.800.663.8400

 

 

4/Local Government Water Conservation Incentives 


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Your municipality provides grants and incentives to residents to help save water. For example, the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver offer a $50 rebate when residents install a low-flush toilet.

www.cnv.org/ToiletRebate

and

www.dnv.org/article.asp?c=745

and

westvancouver.ca/



5/ BC Hydro Fridge Buy-Back Program

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This ongoing program rebates BC Hydro customers $30 to turn in spare

fridges in working condition.

www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/rebates_savings/fridge_buy_back.html

604.881.4357


the BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC Home Energy Rebate Offer - See more at: http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/green-tool-kit-for-realtors/power-smart-articles/Help-homeowners-save-while-making-their-homes-more-livable#sthash.uqYoetPP.dpuf

*To assist with the home upgrade process and take advantage of the BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC Home Energy Rebate Offers, simply contact an energy advisor to perform an EnerGuide home evaluation. An energy advisor will assess your water and heating systems, windows, doors, ventilation, insulation and overall air leakage, and then provide you with upgrade options, as well as your home’s energy efficiency rating.
Upgraded homes, as well as newly built Power Smart homes with a minimum EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher, use up to 30 per cent less energy than standard homes on the market - resulting in significant savings year after year. Additionally, an energy efficient home that has less air leakage, and an efficient circulation system reduces mould, pollutants and stale smells by moving fresh air throughout the house, making it cozier and healthier home to live in.
At the end of the day, there are multiple benefits to making energy efficient upgrades to an older home or buying a new Power Smart new home – higher resale value, lower monthly energy costs, a healthier and more comfortable home, and having less of an impact on the environment.

A home energy audit – also known as a home energy evaluation – is the first step to improving the overall efficiency of your home. An audit will help you identify ways to improve your home’s overall comfort and efficiency, which will save you money on your utility bills.

Get started by finding a certified energy advisor in your area.

Questions?

Call FortisBC 1-866-436-7847 or email powersense@fortisbc.com
or 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376)



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assisting them with the home upgrade process. Simply, direct them to an energy advisor to perform an EnerGuide home evaluation. An energy advisor will assess their water and heating systems, windows, doors, ventilation, insulation and overall air leakage, and then provide them with upgrade options, as well as their home’s energy efficiency rating.

Moving forward, inform new clients that upgraded homes, as well as newly built Power Smart homes with a minimum EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher use up to 30 per cent less energy than standard homes on the market - resulting in significant savings to your clients year after year. Additionally, an energy efficient home that has less air leakage, and an efficient circulation system reduces mould, pollutants and stale smells by moving fresh air throughout the house, making it cozier and healthier home to live in.

At the end of the day, there are multiple benefits to making energy efficient upgrades to an older home or buying a new Power Smart new home – higher resale value, lower monthly energy costs, a healthier and more comfortable home, and having less of an impact on the environment.

- See more at: http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/green-tool-kit-for-realtors/power-smart-articles/Help-homeowners-save-while-making-their-homes-more-livable#sthash.3uZM2XdE.dpuf

assisting them with the home upgrade process. Simply, direct them to an energy advisor to perform an EnerGuide home evaluation. An energy advisor will assess their water and heating systems, windows, doors, ventilation, insulation and overall air leakage, and then provide them with upgrade options, as well as their home’s energy efficiency rating.

Moving forward, inform new clients that upgraded homes, as well as newly built Power Smart homes with a minimum EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher use up to 30 per cent less energy than standard homes on the market - resulting in significant savings to your clients year after year. Additionally, an energy efficient home that has less air leakage, and an efficient circulation system reduces mould, pollutants and stale smells by moving fresh air throughout the house, making it cozier and healthier home to live in.

At the end of the day, there are multiple benefits to making energy efficient upgrades to an older home or buying a new Power Smart new home – higher resale value, lower monthly energy costs, a healthier and more comfortable home, and having less of an impact on the environment.

- See more at: http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/green-tool-kit-for-realtors/power-smart-articles/Help-homeowners-save-while-making-their-homes-more-livable#sthash.3uZM2XdE.dpuf

assisting them with the home upgrade process. Simply, direct them to an energy advisor to perform an EnerGuide home evaluation. An energy advisor will assess their water and heating systems, windows, doors, ventilation, insulation and overall air leakage, and then provide them with upgrade options, as well as their home’s energy efficiency rating.

Moving forward, inform new clients that upgraded homes, as well as newly built Power Smart homes with a minimum EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher use up to 30 per cent less energy than standard homes on the market - resulting in significant savings to your clients year after year. Additionally, an energy efficient home that has less air leakage, and an efficient circulation system reduces mould, pollutants and stale smells by moving fresh air throughout the house, making it cozier and healthier home to live in.

At the end of the day, there are multiple benefits to making energy efficient upgrades to an older home or buying a new Power Smart new home – higher resale value, lower monthly energy costs, a healthier and more comfortable home, and having less of an impact on the environment.

- See more at: http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/green-tool-kit-for-realtors/power-smart-articles/Help-homeowners-save-while-making-their-homes-more-livable#sthash.3uZM2XdE.dpuf