Homeowners and businesses in Whistler can now get up to $4,000 in rebates by upgrading to a heat pump – thanks to a program offered in partnership between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and EfficiencyBC.
The program is available in 2019 to residents of the Resort Municipality of Whistler on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The heat pump rebate is available by switching from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas or propane) heating system to an electric air-source heat-pump. Through the program, EfficiencyBC is offering $2,000, and the RMOW is offering an additional $2,000.
“This is an excellent way to reduce your energy use and save money at the same time,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “This heat pump rebate program supports the goals articulated in the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan and helps Whistler reduce its overall energy use.”
Homes and businesses in Whistler consume a significant amount of energy. In 2017, 33 per cent of the RMOW greenhouse gas emission came from natural gas consumption in the commercial and residential sector, according to the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan. This was primarily used for space and water heating.
With a few small changes, many homes and businesses in Whistler can easily reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as their costs.
Heat pumps use electricity to efficiently heat and cool a home. They save energy, improve year-round home comfort, enhance indoor air quality and reduce carbon footprints.
Mayor Jack Crompton added: "We recognize that we also have a role to play. The RMOW’s Community Energy and Climate Action Plan lays out the steps we are taking to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our carbon footprint and adapt to climate change. This continues the path set in Whistler by previous councils and the community. We are in this together.”
To be eligible for the rebates, upgrades must be completed on or after January 1, 2019; applicants must be a FortisBC, BC Hydro or municipal utility customer; and applicants must live in an eligible home. See the full list of criteria.
To learn more about the incentive, visit efficiencybc.ca/incentives/whistler-municipal-heat-pump-top-up
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Several additional options are available to switch to high efficiency heating equipment and make building improvements.
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