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LiveSmart BC

Efficiency Incentive Program

UPDATE: October 21, 2014
The LiveSmart BC rebate and incentive programmes ended on March 31, 2014. Read the News Release to learn more:
LiveSmart BC services transitioning to utilities

BC Hydro and FortisBC continue to offer rebates and support for their customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.

Homeowners wanting to improve their home's energy efficiency and receive valuable rebates:

In the BC Hydro service area, visit: Home Energy Rebate Offer

In the FortisBC service area (Central and South Okanagan and the Kootenays), visit: Home Energy Rebate Offer

April 1, 2014
The LiveSmart BC residential Efficiency Incentive Program (EIP) has formally come to an end, although processing and administration will still continue as needed. In addition, the Province is working with BC Hydro and Fortis BC to further energy efficiency incentives.  In December 2013, BC Hydro’s 10 Year Plan was announced, and it includes $1.6 billion for Power Smart programming to help homeowners and businesses save energy and money.
New programming from utility partners are expected to be announced later this year.

Read the News Release to learn more: LiveSmart BC services transitioning to utilities

Participants

Tens of thousands of British Columbians are saving energy and money because of their participation in the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program.  Join your neighbours across B.C. who are saving money and reducing energy use by accessing these incentives.

There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for incentives.  Be sure to carefully review these requirements by referring to:

If you entered the program before April 1, 2013 and you would like to check on an existing application or would like to re-enter the program find more information below.

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Contractors

The LiveSmart Program is working with contractors and trades people involved in energy efficiency for homes.

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Program Accomplishments

The LiveSmart program is stimulating economic investment, creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in your community.

Program Highlights

  • Since its launch in 2008, The LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program has invested $110 million to help families lower their energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Over 100,000 British Columbians have benefited from this program since 2008.

  • The Program incentives are estimated to have stimulated between $852M and $947M in incremental economic activity and created 8,523 to 14,205 person years of employment.

  • LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program participants save an average 15-28 percent on their energy bills after completing the program.

  • The investment toward incentives by our utility partners, BC Hydro and ForisBC, has exceeded $11 million for 2011/2012 - 2012/13.

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Past Participants

Information for participants in the former LiveSmart BC EIP
(Pre- and Post- retrofits between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013)

  • The incentives offered through the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013 are no longer available.
  • To access these incentives, all upgrades, including a post-retrofit energy assessment must have been completed on or before March 31, 2013.
Outstanding Incentives
  • Staff is currently processing payments for applicants with post-retrofit assessments in the last few months.
  • If you have an inquiry regarding an existing application, please contact our call centre at 1-866-430-8765 or email EfficiencyIncentives@gov.bc.ca.

Program Re-Entry

Participants with a either a pre-retrofit and/or post-retrofit assessment completed between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013

  • May re-enter the program and use their most recent previous assessment in lieu of completing a new pre-retrofit assessment. 
  • A new post-retrofit assessment is required between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, after any additional upgrades are completed. 
  • Program re-entrants must e-mail EfficiencyIncentives@gov.bc.ca and request a registration number before they begin upgrades.

Participants with a pre-retrofit and/or post-retrofit assessment completed prior to April 1, 2012

  • May re-enter the current program.
  • A new post-retrofit assessment is required before March 31, 2014.
  • LiveSmart will not provide the $150 subsidy to a homeowner having a new pre-retrofit assessment.  For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

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NEW  Bonus Pilots

Supplemental Terms and Conditions for the Comprehensive Energy Upgrade Bonus Pilot

On-Bill Financing Pilot Program

The Province, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, has launched energy efficiency financing pilot projects that offer low cost "pay-as-you-save" financing for participants who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  There is an option for financing program participants to transfer the outstanding loan obligation to the new buyer when the house is sold, if the buyer and seller consent to the transfer... Learn More...

Partner Incentives

Rebates and incentives from BC Hydro
www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/

Rebates and incentives from FortisBC Electric
www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/PowerSense/Pages/default.aspx

Home rebates and incentives from Fortis BC Gas - Homes:
www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Homes/Offers/Pages/default.aspx

Business rebates and incentives from Fortis BC Gas -Business
www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Business/Offers/Pages/default.aspx

Builder/tradesperson rebates and incentives from Fortis BC Gas -
www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/BuildingProfessionsTrades
/IncentivePrograms/Pages/default.aspx