FortisBC Doubles Rebates Program

With winter around the corner and many people planning renovations as they stay home due to the COVID pandemic, FortisBC is doubling its ‘Home Renovation Rebates Program,’ as much as $2,400 per natural gas heating system, so that its customers can invest in energy efficiency renovations that help improve comfort while lowering long-term heating costs. "We want to make sure both our natural gas and electricity customers can continue to access the funds and services they need to make their home more comfortable and affordable, plus reduce their greenhouse gas emissions," says Danielle Wensink, director, conservation and energy management, at FortisBC. "Helping our customers reduce energy use is also one of the ways we're progressing towards our goal of reducing all our customers' emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030." A recent poll of its customers showed that at least a quarter of people surveyed planned to use the extra time at home this winter to complete home renovations. With half the energy used in a typical home going towards heating, the majority of extra funding aims to help homeowners direct that investment towards high-efficiency home heating systems like furnaces, boilers, and fireplaces. There are also increases to rebates for connected thermostats.