Regional Energy Efficiency Program

Learn how to lower your heating costs and increase your comfort with the Regional Energy Efficiency Program.

The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy. The Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) has three options for saving energy and money in your home. By participating, you will access help through the process such as next steps, energy advisors, contractors, rebates, and low interest financing.

HOME RENOVATION

 

  

 

If you own your home and are looking to renovate this program gives you access to an EnerGuide home energy evaluation which includes:

  • Pre Renovation Evaluation
    • Blower door test
    • Advice on your green renovation options
    • Advice on rebates, incentives, and financing
  • Post Renovation Evaluation
    • Blower door test
    • Support on how to get the most out of your newly renovated home

ENERGY CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

 

If you rent or own your home and qualify based on your household income, this program offers:

 

 

  • Free Energy Evaluation
  • Free installation of energy efficient products

And some may qualify for: 

  • Free energy efficient refrigerator
  • Natural Gas Furnace
  • Insulation

NEW HOMES

 

 

 

If you are looking to build a new home, either yourself or with a contractor, this program will provide:

 

 

  • Information on energy efficient, high performing homes
  • Information on the BC Step Code
  • Information on incentives available

 

HOME RENOVATION

This is for homeowners who are interested in having an EnerGuide home energy evaluation before and after your home renovation, also called pre-evaluation and post-evaluation. It is important to have the evaluation prior to starting the renovations, so that everything you do will count towards current rebate offers.

Access an energy evaluation to determine what energy efficient upgrades (retrofits) can be done to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. You will be able to access current rebate offers, financing options, a local contractor guide and energy coaching.

This option includes a blower door test as part of the evaluation, please watch the video: 

COSTS

The Regional Energy Efficiency Program provides a subsidy towards the energy evaluation. To complete the program, there are two energy evaluations (pre/post):

Sign up NOW! Funding is only available until December 31, 2020.

Pre-Construction Evaluation
Post-Construction Evaluation

Pre-evaluation

$450 

Post-energy evaluation

$275

RDCK Subsidy

$110

RDCK Subsidy

$175

Homeowner Pays

$340

Homeowner Pays

$100

Rebate 

$200

Rebate 

$100

First visit after subsidy & rebate

$140*

Second visit after subsidy & rebate

$0

*   plus applicable taxes

The total cost for both visits is $725, the subsidy is $285 and the rebate from FortisBC or BC Hydro (depending on your location) is $300. With the subsidy and rebate, the total cost to the homeowner is only $140.

REGISTER NOW! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

REBATES

To support the move to high performance building, there are numerous rebates accessible for Exisiting Homes. The whole list can be seen here:
https://betterhomesbc.ca/

Hurry, CleanBC, FortisBC and BCHydro are currently running Enhanced Rebates, for projects registered before December 31, 2020.

You can see the doubled up home upgrade rebates in the factsheet linked below:

https://betterhomesbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Better_Homes_Rebate_Factsheet_DoubletheRebate-EffectiveOct01-Dec31_2020.pdf

ENERGY CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 If you qualify, based on your income, this program offers free installation and supply of energy efficient products, this is available for those who rent or own their homes. Some homes may even qualify for a refrigerator, insulation and a natural gas furnace. 

COSTS

ECAP Qualified Registrants

Pre-evaluation

$ FREE 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

NEW HOMES

A new home is one of the biggest investments a person will make and will be a huge part of your life for years to come. Get the most out of your home by planning, designing and building a new home informed by energy modeling. Maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing operation costs is most effective and least expensive when done from the design stage. 

The Energy Assessment, combined with air tightness testing allows you to see the performance of your home right from design stage.

The BC Energy Step Code is coming – it focuses on a performance based code rather than a prescriptive code – essentially ensuring maximum flexibility of options of materials and techniques to get you to a high performance standard. 

Step Code aims to “building beyond the standard” that requires energy modeling and end-of-construction testing to ensure your home is built to perform well in terms of comfort, energy efficiency and of course safety.  
Learn more on building your home with maximum home comfort, long-term durability and reduced operating utility costs.   

To access more information and to be connected with a New Home Energy Advisor, please register:

REGISTER NOW! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

REBATES

To support the move to high performance building, there are numerous rebates accessible for New Homes. The whole list can be seen here:
https://betterhomesbc.ca/

To reach Step Code, the current rebates are laid out below:

FortisBC & Nelson Hydro Electricity Regions:

Apply directly through FortisBC

Fortis are currently running Enhanced

Rebates, for buildings completed before

December 31, 2021

BC Hydro Electricity & Non-Grid Regions:

Apply through RDCK

RDCK and BCHydro are working together

to match the Fortis funding for

Step 2 and 3 in 2021

Step 1

$500 

Step 1

$500

Step 2

Was $1,000

Now $3,000

Step 2

$0

Step 3

Was $2,000

Now $4,000

Step 3

$0

Step 4

Was $4,000

Now $6,000

Step 4

$0

Step 5

Was $8,000

Now $10,000

Step 5

$0

 

LOCAL CONTRACTORS

For your convenience, you can download this list of contractors who do energy upgrade work within the RDCK.

* Please note that this list is not a pre-qualified nor recommended list of contractors; it is for your convenience only. Inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement by the RDCK or any party or persons affiliated with the Regional Energy Efficiency Program. You are welcome to contact any other contractor not on this list. If you use a contractor on or off of this list please ensure that you still ask the same questions as you would when hiring a contractor outside of this program. Some things to ask for are qualifications, references, licenses and experience. The work being done in your home is the sole responsibility of you and your contractor, not the RDCK or any persons affiliated with delivering the Regional Energy Efficiency Program.

INTERESTED IN THERMAL IMAGING?

The Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) and FortisBC invites you to improve the energy efficiency of your home with a thermal imaging camera and the FortisBC draft-proofing kit. 
To learn how to participate in the See The Heat program and additional program resources please visit: 

SEE THE HEAT

 

The content on this page was last updated November 12 2020 at 11:25 AM