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Mar 09, 2012

Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort.
There are two types of rebates available for new homes from FortisBC. Homes that achieve an EnerGuide rating great than 80 points are eligible for a whole home rebate. Alternatively, rebates can be applied to the individual energy saving measures that go into a new home.

Rebates are available to customers for new residential premises that are constructed in the FortisBC service area or in one of the following municipal electric utilities: Grand Forks, Kelowna, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro. The dwelling must have a primary electric space heating system to be eligible for the insulation rebates. Please see the FortisBC new home rebate application for a complete list of terms and conditions.

EnerGuide Rating Rebates


Documents Required

Rating Level

SFD (Detached)

Townhouse, duplex, suite

Doc Name

EnerGuide Energy Evaluation



EnerGuide Report & Invoice

EnerGuide 80



EnerGuide Report

EnerGuide 84



EnerGuide Report

EnerGuide 90



EnerGuide Report

The refund is also available for mortgages refinanced for the purpose of making energy-saving renovations to houses with an EGH rating of less than 80. The renovations must increase the house’s rating by at least five points and to a rating of at least 40.

EGH ratings are obtained through the EGH evaluation service. For those planning to build a new R-2000 home, it is recommended that an EGNH Advisor evaluate the building plans before the house is built.

If the home is built to R-2000 standard or rated 80 or above on the EGH scale, the borrower is eligible for CMHC’s Mortgage Loan Insurance for Energy Efficient Homes. Extended amortization is available through participating lenders for new CMHC mortgage insurance applications approved as of January 2005.

For the most up to date information on this and other CHMC programs to help you make your home more efficient, visit CHMC Green Home Programs.


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Installing aerators on your taps and showers uses half the water with the same water pressure.

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