Energy Efficient Upgrades

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:

  • Switching from natural gas, propane, or oil heating systems (e.g. furnaces or boilers) to electricity (e.g. heat pumps)
  • Upgrading your windows and doors
  • Adding or improving insulation
  • Upgrading refrigerators, washers, and dryers to ENERGY STAR® rated appliances
  • Replacing lights with LEDs
  • Installing “smart” or programmable thermostats

Rebates and Grants

There are a variety of resources, rebates, and incentives available to help lower the costs of your next home energy efficiency project. 

Municipal Top-up Offers

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

  • For eligible participants that switch from a fossil fuel space heating system (oil, natural gas or propane) to an electric heat pump, including central, mini-splits, multi-splits, air-to-water, and combination space and water systems.

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Top-Up - $350

  • For eligible participants that switch from a fossil fuel water heating system (oil, natural gas or propane) to an electric  heat pump water heater. 

Electrical Service Upgrade - $500 

  • For eligible participants that upgrade their electrical service to 100, 200 or 400 amp service and switch from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas or propane) space or water heating system to an electric air-source heat pump or heat pump water heater.

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.

  1. Heat Pump Rebate
  2. CleanBC Better Homes
  3. Canada Greener Homes Grant

Considering a Heat Pump?  

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. 

Group Purchase Heat Pump Rebate 

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:

  • Register with the Tri-Cities GPR code at this link  once you have installed your eligible heat pump
  • Apply to Clean BC Better Homes for all eligible rebates before the code expires. Don't forget to enter your GPR code in the promo code field of the application form. If you have multiple codes, include both separated by a comma in this field
  • Spread the word about the Tri-Cities GPR code - the more homes that install a heat pump and apply using the same code, the higher the rebate
  • Participants must register with the complete group code (format GPR0174-EXP04/04/2023-CBC), have their heat pump installed, and submit applications for rebates within six months of their final installation invoice date.

Heat Pump Webinar

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.

Support for your Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project

Follow CleanBC’s Better Homes Step-by-Step Rebate Guide to learn about:

  • Upgrades that make your home more comfortable and energy efficient
  • Eligible rebates
  • Program requirements
  • Selecting a contractor
  • Applying for rebates
  1. CleanBC Energy Coach Service
  2. EnerGuide Home Evaluation

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.

Other Ways to Save Energy

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:

  • Lowering the temperature on thermostats
  • Turning off appliances and unplug electronic devices when not in use
  • Turning off lights when you leave the room
  • Hanging clothes to dry

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:

New Homes

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.