BC Government Rebates: Everything You Need To Know
If you’re thinking about replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient windows, wouldn’t government rebates for window upgrades help? Well we’re happy to announce that Government rebates are back through FortisBC and BC Hydro that will help offset some of the costs for high performance windows. There's no better time to jump on the opportunity while our government is promoting energy efficient upgrades to your home.
In a recent update to the EfficiencyBC and Home Renovation Rebate Programs, the BC government has introduced the Better Homes program. The program has added a new eligibility requirement that now opens doors for more homeowners to have an opportunity to receive the rebates. Now, more homeowners can replace their old windows with new, energy efficient windows, in efforts to minimize their household energy usage and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to make your home even better. The rebates are more achievable with a simple glass upgrade. You no longer need triple pane windows to qualify. Who wouldn’t want to make their home better? Rebates are a program provided by the Government of BC, FortisBC and BC Hydro and are subject to change without our knowledge. Click HERE to learn more about program requirements.
When the home is heated with electricity supplied by BC Hydro, the home must meet a minimum electricity consumption. Use the BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebate program eligibility tool to determine whether your home meets the minimum electricity consumption rates.
Patio doors are eligible for Government rebates. Swing Doors are eligible for Tier 2 Rebates only.
- The Township of Langley and the North Cowichan community have announced an additional $50 rebate per window, on top of the BC Government Rebates. If you live in these communities, you have access to up to $300 off per window. To learn more about these programs and all the details, click HERE .
BC Government Rebate perks:
- The Home Renovation Rebate and EfficiencyBC Program, administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC, are providing rebates for improving your home’s energy efficiency through select upgrades, including energy efficient windows. There are two Tiers of rebates available within the Better Homes program.
- Tier 1: $50 off per window. You can receive up to $1000 off.
- Tier 2: $100 off per window. You can receive up to $2000 off.
- There is no longer a minimum amount of windows needed to be eligible for the rebates. There is a maximum of 20 windows per Tier.
- For more details on the differences between the Tiers, see the requirments below.
Limited time only:
- Our government approved $24 Million dollars in government rebates towards high energy efficient windows throughout B.C.
- Funds are not unlimited and we don’t know when that budget will run out.
- Centra will add up to $150 rebate to the government rebate to make your home even better.
Requirements for the Government Rebate:
- The windows must be replacing existing windows in the building envelope. Windows installed in new rough openings are ineligible.
- Skylights are not eligible for the government rebates.
- Windows and Doors must be installed by a company with a valid BC business license.
- New windows must be ENERGY STAR® certified with a maximum U-Value: (Don't forget, the smaller the U-Value number, the better!)
- Tier 1: You must have a U Value of 1.23 - 1.40(W/m2·K). Note that Tier 1 is not eligible in the city of Vancouver
- Tier 2: You must have a U Value of 1.22 (W/m2·K) or less.
- If the upgrade was invoiced between September 28, 2018 - March 31, 2019, you fall under the old Government Rebate regulations. Therefore, you are only eligible to recieve $50 per window that has a U Value of 1.22 (W/m2·K) or less.
- In order to qualify for Tier 1 or Tier 2 under the new Government Rebate regulations, the upgrades must be installed on or after April 1 2019.
- Your home must be primarily heated with Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC. Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas. Electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility. Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC.
- The products must be listed on the ENERGY STAR certified fenestration list in order to be eligible for the government rebates.
- The rebates are not eligible for new builds. The rebates are only eligible for window upgrades. Windows with obscure glass are not eligible for rebates.
- Homeowners must submit a photo that shows the U-Factor certifcation mark and the NRCan reference number. For more information, please visit NRCan.gc.ca
- For more information about the government rebate requirements, please visit betterhomesbc.ca
What is a U-Value?
- U-values measure how effective a material is as an insulator. The energy efficiency of windows is measured with a ‘U-value’ and the lower this value is, the better.
Why the window Government Rebate is worth it?
- It is in your best interest to take advantage of this rare opportunity, as it is only available for a limited time. This rebate can take some pressure off and allow you to focus on energy efficient upgrades.
- Maximize the efficiency of your home and save on heating and cooling costs right away with the return of government rebates.
- The energy audit is not required.
- Centra has 48 unique product configurations that are eligible for the grants.
Apply for the Government Rebates:
- To Apply click HERE - You have 6 months from the date of your invoice to apply for the rebates.
- For more information on the BC Window rebate, visit betterhomesbc.ca now!
- If you weren't able to find the details you were looking for, give us a call at 1-888-534-3333. If you have any questions regarding the government rebates, we want to hear from you!