Climate change is an urgent problem that requires a commitment to action from everyone in the community. If we all make a few simple changes, Whistler can continue to demonstrate climate leadership and, more importantly, protect the mountain culture we love.
Saving energy at home
Did you know that residential homes account for up to 40 per cent of stationary energy use in Whistler? Unfortunately, not all of that energy is put to good use. Many Whistler homes can easily reduce their energy use and be more cost effective with some relatively small improvements.
Here are some ways to make your home more energy efficient, so you can save both energy and money:
Home Energy Assessment rebate
Learn how to make your home more energy efficient and earn a $250 rebate by participating in the RMOW’s Power Down to Save Up Home Energy Assessment program. In addition to the assessment rebate, homeowners can receive potentially thousands of dollars in new HERO rebates (Home Energy Rebate Offers) available through BC Hydro and FortisBC.
Efficiency BC Residential Program
This program provides people with options to spend less on many energy-saving retrofit projects. It was launched in in September 2018, in partnership the federal government, BC Hydro, FortisBC, BC Housing, and many local governments. It dedicates $24 million to help people save energy and reduce their environmental footprint in ways such as:
- New incentives for homeowners to upgrade their windows and doors, and switch to high efficiency electric heat pumps for space heating and water heating, for example: $2000 for an air-source heat pump for space heating (and up to $4000 in some partnering municipalities), up to $1000 for windows/doors;
- Enhanced utility program offers for other high efficiency space and water heating equipment, and insulation, for example: up to $1,200 each for basement insulation, external wall cavity insulation, and external wall sheathing insulation;
- New bonus incentives of up to $2000 for homeowners who undertake multiple upgrades and complete energy assessments on their home;
- $300 rebate for hiring an EnerGuide Home Energy Advisor to do a personalized energy assessment of your home ($450 in some partnering municipalities);
- Free energy coaching services by phone and email to help you make decisions about your renovation project; and
- Most rebates don’t require pre-registration—just install your eligible measure then fill out our rebate application form. Visit Efficiency BC for more information.
Saving energy at work
In 2010, the commercial sector in Whistler consumed approximately $13 million worth of electricity and another $9 million of natural gas: more than half of all energy consumed by buildings in Whistler. Finding just 10 per cent efficiencies across this sector would total more than $2 million per year in reduced energy costs.
Here are some ways in which businesses can improve their bottom line, increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.
Efficiency BC commercial renovations programs
This program offers financial incentives, information and support to help businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by switching to high efficiency heating equipment and making building envelope improvements. Some of the following examples are ways in which you can save:
- Programs for commercial buildings, multi-unit residential buildings and non-profit housing.
- Whole building, performance-based offer of $40 - $70 per tonne of GHG reductions (up to $200,000) integrated with partner utility and BC Housing offers.
- Measures include fuel switching to high efficiency electric space and water heating equipment, installing high efficiency gas-fired space and water heating equipment, as well as improvements to mechanical systems and building envelopes.
- Up to $20,000 for energy studies to identify cost-effective improvements.
Visit Efficiency BC for more information.