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Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

Building energy use currently accounts for approximately 48% of the City's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 70% of the City's total energy consumption. The City actively works with other partners to support residents and businesses in increasing the energy efficiency and managing their energy use at their homes and workplaces.

New! Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Townhouses and Row Houses

  1. The BC Home Energy Coach is a new program designed to increase participation in BC’s home retrofit rebate programs. The program focuses on single-family residential homes, townhouses and row houses and offers support through a website, hotline and energy coaching services.

    It is a free service that includes:
    • An incentives and rebates search tool
    • Resources to learn about energy efficiency products and services
    • Regularly updated frequently asked questions section
    • Program staff available to answer all your home energy questions
    • One stop shop to all rebates and incentives offered in BC!

    Contact BC Home Energy Coach at 1-844-881-9790 or visit www.bcenergycoach.ca

  2. The Home Energy Rebate Offer (HERO) provided in partnership by BC Hydro and Fortis BC gives homeowners the opportunity to apply for home energy retrofit incentives. Homeowners can access up to $6,000 in rebates for a wide variety of energy efficiency upgrades that could reduce energy bills by up to 30%. See Hero Rebates for more information on this program

Visit the HERO rebates program for more information about the rebates offered.

New! Strata Buildings

The new Strata Energy Advisor program will provide strata’s with energy advisors who can visit your building free of charge and recommend opportunities for energy efficient retrofits.  The advisor can also support councils through implementation of all changes.

Potential benefits for your building include:

  • Improved quality of life –energy efficient buildings experience reduced noise, fewer cold spots and better air quality
  • Improved resale value – energy efficiency can boost the sale price of a home
  • Less financial risk – proactive building upgrades can reduce the risk of big unforeseen expenses in the future

We are currently seeking participants for the pilot phase of this project.  If you are a property manager, strata council member or strata unit owner and interested in participating, please email environment@cnv.org to add your building to our program waitlist.

In your email include your:

  • Name
  • Position with the building (ie. Property Manager, Strata Council Member)
  • Telephone number
  • Building address
  • Number of units in your building

Rental Apartment Buildings

Fortis BC has launched the Rental Apartment Efficiency Program for building owners and managers of rental apartment buildings that are nine units and larger.

The program helps owners and managers make changes to decrease their building’s energy consumption and improve tenant comfort. Best of all, the program is offered at no-cost. The offer includes:

  • A water-efficient shower head and a kitchen and bathroom faucet aerator directly installed in each unit (valued at approximately $50 per unit
  • A building energy assessment to identify energy-efficiency improvements and upgrades (valued at $1,300 to $2,000).
  • Ongoing professional assistance from a rental apartment energy management expert to guide owners/managers through the process of making a wide range of energy upgrades (valued at > $1,000)

Visit Fortis BC Rental Apartment Efficiency Program for more information.

Loan Options for Energy Efficient Retrofit Projects

  1. Vancity Bright Ideas Loan - a personal loan is avaliabe for residents looking to make energy efficient upgrades to their homes. A low interest rate saves you money compared to a conventional loan and allows you to borrow as little as $3,500 to a maximum of $50,000 then pay it back through a multitude of flexible payment options. Visit Vancity.ca for information on how you can apply for a Bright Ideas Loan
  2. RBC Energy Saver Loan - if you have recently purchased or plan to purchase energy efficient products or services for your home, you could qualify for the RBC Energy Saver Loan. Receive a 1% interest rate discount or a $100 rebate on a home energy audit with a qualifying purchase through a fixed rate loan over $5,000. Visit RBC.ca for more information on how you can apply for an RBC Energy Saver Loan.


Additional Energy Efficiency Promotional Programs

  1. BC Hydro
    1. Power Smart Program

      Become a member of Team Power Smart and challenge yourself to reduce your home’s electricity use by 10% in the next year. If you are successful, you could earn $50! You will also have the opportunity to enter exclusive contests to win prizes like an LED lighting package, programmable thermostat and gift cards. Visit BC Hydro for more information on this program.

    2. Energy Conservation Assistance Program

      Residents with eligible incomes (ex $32,400 - 1 person household, $40,400 - 2 person household) can receive free energy-saving products and professional advice that can help make your home more energy efficient, comfortable and help you save money on utility bills.

      Eligible households can apply to receive the following

      • Free Energy Savings Kit - Each kit contains:
        • LED light bulbs
        • Weather stripping to reduce drafts around windows and doors
        • High efficiency showerhead
        • Water-saving tap aerators
        • LED night-light
        • Fridge and freezer thermometer
        • Instruction guide to install each project

          For more information on how to apply for a free energy saving kit click here

  2. City of North Vancouver
    1. City Library Energy Meter Lending Program

Did you know that some electronic devices continue to draw energy even after they are turned off? An energy meter can help you measure and track the amount of electricity consumed by various appliances and electronics within your home.

The North Vancouver City Library Welcome Desk (main floor) offers two metering devices, the Kill A Watt Meter and the PowerCost Monitor available for a three-week loan period and can be renewed and placed on hold.

  • The Kill A Watt Meter measures how much electricity is used by your house hold appliances and other electronic devices
  • The PowerCost Monitor measures the amount of energy your whole house uses.

Measuring your home’s electricity consumption allows you to make simple changes that will help save you energy and money.

Building energy use currently accounts for approximately 48% of the City's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 70% of the City's total energy consumption. The City actively works with other partners to support residents and businesses in increasing the energy efficiency and managing their energy use at their homes and workplaces.

For a list of all other rebates, incentives and energy efficient programs currently offered to City residents not listed on this page, please visit Rebates, Incentives and Energy Efficiency Programs.

The City has also partnered with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association in supporting energy studies for four non-profit housing facilities located within the City. This pilot project provides an opportunity for the City to "learn by doing" through partnering on the assessment and implementation of retrofit projects, while addressing significant social and economic priorities and contributing towards the reduction of building-related community GHG emissions.

Rental Apartment Buildings

FortisBC has launched the Rental Apartment Efficiency Program for building owners and managers of rental apartment buildings that are nine units and larger.

The program helps owners and managers make changes to decrease their building’s energy consumption and improve tenant comfort. Best of all, the program is offered at no-cost.  The offer includes:

  • A water-efficient shower head and a kitchen and bathroom faucet aerator directly installed in each unit (valued at approximately $50 per unit)
  • A building energy assessment to identify energy-efficiency improvements and upgrades (valued at $1,300 to $2,000)
  • Ongoing professional assistance from a rental apartment energy management expert to guide owners/managers through the process of making a wide range of energy upgrades (valued at > $1,000)

For more information on the Fortis BC Rental Apartment Efficiency Program and how to apply click here.

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