Buildings, including our homes and businesses, account for over 40% of Coquitlam’s community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
For homeowners, energy efficiency upgrades are a great way to decrease energy usage, and can make homes more comfortable. You can also save money over time.
Examples of energy efficiency upgrades include:
There are a variety of resources, rebates, and incentives available to help lower the costs of your next home energy efficiency project.
The City is working with the province’s CleanBC Better Homes program to offer Coquitlam residents living in eligible homes top-up rebates for making energy efficient upgrades. These top-up rebates are in addition to CleanBC rebates and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding. Please refer to the CleanBC Better Homes webpages linked below for eligibility and application details.
Electric Heat Pump Top-Up - $350
Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Top-Up - $350
Electrical Service Upgrade - $500
Click through the tabs below to learn more about heat pumps and the rebate programs offered by the provincial and federal governments. Note: Rebates and incentives are subject to availability and can change without notice. Terms and conditions apply. Please confirm availability and/or eligibility with the appropriate rebate providers.
Heat Pumps are the most energy efficient, climate-friendly heating systems available in BC. When you replace your furnace with a heat pump, you get the added bonus of cooling. That’s right, central AC for those warm nights without purchasing or maintaining a separate system.
You can access an additional rebate by joining a group of community members who are also buying a heat pump with the Tri-Cities Heat Pump Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) code.
CleanBC Better Homes offers a heat pump GPR of up to $500 for homeowners switching from an oil, natural gas, or propane heating system to an eligible air-source heat pump in addition to the available heat pump rebates and electrical service upgrade rebates from CleanBC.
The more people that apply using the same group code, the higher the rebate for each participant – share this code with your friends!
Tri-Cities GPR code: GPR0174-EXP04/04/2023-CBC
Expiry: April 4, 2023
Each group code can be used by a maximum of 30 participants. Once full or expired, a new code will be issued. Check back for new codes.
To take advantage of the GPR:
The cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, in collaboration with the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program, developed a one-hour webinar on heat pumps that can be viewed here.
If you have questions about the group purchase rebate, call a CleanBC energy coach toll free at 1-844-881-9790 or use their online contact form.
This provincial program is BC’s online hub for information, incentives and support to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in homes. Use the CleanBC Rebate Search Tool to find available rebates, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and the application process.
Some homeowners may be eligible for enhanced rebates from CleanBC Better Homes, based on household income. Please visit the CleanBC Income Qualified Program for eligibility requirements.
This federal program provides homeowners with up to $5,000 in energy efficiency grants including insulation, air sealing, windows and doors, heating systems, solar systems, and resiliency measures. You can also receive an additional $600 in grants when completing both a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation. Please visit the Canada Greener Homes website to learn more. EnerGuide evaluations are required to access any federal grants.
The federal government also offers interest-free financing to help homeowners complete major upgrades recommended from your EnerGuide evaluation. Please visit the Canada Greener Homes Loan website for details and eligibility requirements.
Follow CleanBC’s Better Homes Step-by-Step Rebate Guide to learn about:
The CleanBC energy coach service is a provincially-funded program that provides free, unbiased coaching to help guide homeowners through the various rebates and offers from CleanBC Better Homes. Energy coaches are energy efficiency specialists, providing building-science based information about the options to improve the energy efficiency of your home. They are available to answer your questions at all stages of the energy improvement project.
For more information, visit CleanBC Better Homes and complete their online submission form, or contact an Energy Coach at 1-844-881-9790.
An EnerGuide home evaluation is a federally-funded program that provides a comprehensive paid service to help improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Conducted by a professional energy advisor, you get a custom report and EnerGuide rating which provides an assessment of the home’s energy use, and customized recommendations to improve energy efficiency. Learn more about EnerGuide evaluations from CleanBC’s list of FAQs. Use the Program Qualified Energy Advisor Search Tool to find an energy advisor who services your area.
Upgrades to your home are not the only way to reduce your home’s energy use. Here are some examples that can save you money on your next energy bill:
For income-qualified households, BC Hydro offers free energy saving kits, which includes a water-efficient showerhead, faucet aerators, weather stripping and other energy saving products.
Visit the links below from BC Hydro for more information on how to reduce energy use in your home:
Building your next home? The City of Coquitlam requires Energy Step Code compliance for new building permit applications. Learn more about the City of Coquitlam’s Energy Step Code compliance requirements, and stay up to date on future energy efficiency requirements.