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There are lots of grant and rebate programs that residents of Prince George can take advantage of to reduce their energy consumption, save money and be less vulnerable to energy rate increases.

 BC Hydro, FortisBC and the BC Government offer several incentives to reduce your energy usage at home.

NRCan provides a list of incentive programs available in B.C. located on their website here.  For the most up to date info on energy efficiency offers, please visit BC Hydro's Power Smart and FortisBC's Offers.

 

Energy Efficiency Resources 

Province of BC, partnering with FortisBC and BC Hydro

Natural Resources Canada

BC Hydro

FortisBC

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

 

Programs:

 

LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program

Tens of thousands of British Columbians are saving energy and money because of their participation in the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program. Because of the resounding success of the program, the Province has extended the incentives to March 2013, in partnership with provincial utility providers BC Hydro and FortisBC. Now, you can join your neighbours across B.C. who are saving money and reducing energy use by accessing these incentives.

The following are Certified Energy Advisor's through LiveSmart BC or Qualified NRCan-Licensed Energy Advisor's. All those listed are recognized by LiveSmart BC for qualification.

Note: This list was prepared for the City of Prince George and is intended as an information service only.   The City of Prince George does not endorse any business or group. It is based on a list available through Natural Resources Canada, and confirmed with the service organizations (as of April 20, 2011) that they continue to provide energy audits.

AmeriSpec Of Canada
1-888-693-2647

Hometech Energy Solutions Inc.
(250) 596-4547
1-866-561-0708

Mr. Home Inspector (service offered in Prince George by Diversified Inspections)
1-877-837-3603
(250) 961-0030

LiveSmart at Home

LiveSmart at Home lets you know about changes to the standards for energy efficient light bulbs and free actions that will save you money on your energy bills. They also offer you a Lifestyle Carbon Calculator.

Find a Contractor

When building a new home or renovating an existing home, you will need the services of a professionally trained and licensed heating contractor to install your natural gas equipment. FortisBC developed the Contractor Program to give customers confidence that they are receiving the highest level of service and a comprehensive selection of natural gas products. You can search for a certified contractor here.

A certified contractor is an independent heating contractor who meets the defined performance criteria of FortisBC and who is licensed by the British Columbia Safety Authority.

Deciding who should install your equipment

Comparing quotes can be confusing. You may choose to receive several estimates from contractors before deciding on a heating contractor. While this is a good idea, it is important to consider that the contractor offering the lowest price may not necessarily be the best.

A good company will provide you with a written quotation and a clear outline of the costs and work involved.

Selecting the right natural gas equipment

FortisBC suggests that you consult a certified professional before making your final decision about what natural gas equipment you require. Talking about your lifestyle and daily routines will help your contractor recommend the right equipment for your home and family. Making the right decisions now could help you save money and time in the future.

 

Energy Saving Kit

BC Hydro provides free energy saving kits for low income households (see the table at the bottom of this page to determine if you qualify). The kit offers a variety of simple ways to help you save energy and save money, while increasing the comfort of your home and helping to reduce our overall impact on the environment.

The kit contains a number of simple, easy-to-install energy saving products including:

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs use up to 75% less energy than regular light bulbs. They can also last up to 10 years.
  • Weather-stripping to put around your windows and doors and help keep out drafts. (You can find videos on draft proofing on our tips page.)
  • Fridge and freezer thermometers to help you set your refrigerator and freezer at an ideal temperature where your food stays cold, but you're not wasting any extra energy.
  • A low-flow shower head that uses significantly less water than a standard shower head.

 

Savings Based on Income                          

If you’re a BC Hydro customer with high electricity consumption and living in a low-income household (see the table at the bottom of this page to determine if you qualify), you may qualify.

 

Mortgage Loan Insurance Rebates

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has added environmentally friendly features to the Mortgage Loan Insurance it offers. If you use CMHC insured financing to buy an energy-efficient home, purchase a house and make energy-saving renovations or renovate your existing home to make it more energy-efficient, a 10% refund on the Mortgage Loan Insurance premium may be available. You could also have the added flexibility of an extended amortization (up to a maximum of 30 years) without a premium surcharge.

 

Much of the information comes from the BC Hydro, FortisBC, NRCan, LiveSmart BC and CMHC websites. The City provides this as the information available as a service; incentive programs change, and where there are discrepancies between what is listed on this page and what is listed on the source page, the source shall be considered correct.

The City of Prince George would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Regional District for their assistance in preparing this page.

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