LiveSmart BC Programs Extended

Two popular LiveSmart BC programs that save home owners and businesses energy and money have been extended until March 31, 2014.

LiveSmart BC for home owners

This partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC gives home owners up to $3,500 in rebates for energy saving improvements to their homes, including up to:

  • $1,200 for exterior wall insulation;
  • $1,000 for basement insulation;
  • $600 to install attic insulation; and
  • $400 for air sealing (like weather stripping around doors) and draft proofing.

To access rebates, home owners must hire a certified energy advisor to conduct an energy efficiency assessment and provide a customized report showing the home’s energy efficiency (EnerGuide) rating and upgrade options by December 31, 2013.

Home owners then choose upgrades and have until March 31, 2014 to make eligible improvements and complete a post-retrofit assessment. The energy advisor handles all of the paperwork in applying for incentives after the energy assessment.

To find a certified energy advisor, visit: www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/efficiency-home/steps.html.

Did you know?
Since 2008, the LiveSmart BC Program has helped more than 100,000 home owners in communities throughout BC improve the energy efficiency of their home. Efficiency incentive program participants save an average of 15 to 28% on their energy bills after completing the program.

LiveSmart BC for small business

Small businesses interested in making energy efficient improvements can now contact a certified business energy advisor who will:

  • deliver free energy assessments to determine what upgrades are needed;
  • help small business owners understand and find available product incentives and cash rebates and guide them through the process of energy efficiency upgrades; and
  • help coordinate energy efficient product installation.

There are currently 15 certified business energy advisors throughout the province, working out of organizations like chambers of commerce and industry associations.

To find a certified business energy advisor, visit: www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/small-business/index.html.

Did you know?
Since 2011, this program has served more than 10,000 BC businesses, helping them save 150 gigawatt-hours of electricity or enough to power 13,500 homes for one year. It also saved 1,620 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions or the equivalent of taking 306 vehicles off the road.

For more information about the LiveSmart BC program visit: www.livesmartbc.ca.

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