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Connect to gas and save

By connecting to natural gas, you can save energy and money while enjoying the cosy warmth your family needs. Natural gas is piped directly to your home, meaning no more oil storage tank, wood chopping or filling propane tanks, and you’ll have more options for additional natural gas appliances too.

Our rebates add up to big savings:

In total, new natural gas customers may qualify for up to $2,700 in rebates.

When you’re connected to natural gas, you can enjoy year-round savings:

Annual fuel cost – space heating1,2

Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

 

Rebate eligibility requirements* 

  1. You must be a new residential customer of FortisBC, and must apply for or receive a natural gas service line or (For Revelstoke-area customers only) a propane connection, between August 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
  2. Program is for existing homes only and is not available for new construction.
  3. You must convert your home’s oil, wood or propane central heating system to natural gas (or from oil or wood to propane in a FortisBC piped propane service area). Rebate amounts will be calculated in accordance with the heating system installed.
  4. Only one Connect to Gas rebate per dwelling.
  5. The natural gas or propane service line must be activated before March 1, 2018.

*You can find a complete list of requirements under the program terms and conditions.

How to apply

  1. First obtain a pre-qualification code. Pre-qualification codes are only available until December 31, 2017 or while quantities last.
  2. Review the program terms and conditions and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements prior to purchasing any equipment.
  3. Check out our quality installation resources before you buy a furnace.
  4. To apply for a $1,300 rebate, purchase an eligible ENERGY STAR® natural gas heating system. To apply for a $1,700 rebate, install an eligible ENERGY STAR® natural gas heating system and any natural gas water heating system OR install an eligible combination heat and hot water system.
  5. Have a gas contractor licensed with the BC Safety Authority install your heat or heat & hot water system. You can find a contractor by searching our Trade Ally Network directory.
  6. Complete the application form and include a copy of your invoice showing details of all work performed, including the purchase date, make, model and installation permit number. 
  7. Send the completed and signed application with the invoice postmarked within 30 days of the installation date of the Heating System, and no later than March 31, 2018 to:

    Connect to Gas program
    FortisBC Energy Inc.
    PO Box 9080, Station Main
    Surrey, BC, V3T 0J6
  8. If applying for the Natural Gas Water Heater program rebate of up to $1,000, please see program page for application process and terms & conditions.

    Applications may take up to 90 days to process.

Questions?

For more information, read our frequently asked questions, call us at 1-800-663-8400 or email rebates@fortisbc.com.

Ensure a quality furnace installation

Your new furnace can provide you with years of comfort and efficiency, but only if it’s installed to a quality standard. Check out these resources to learn more:

Program incentives for natural gas contractors

Contractors who would like to take part in our Connect to Gas program can receive up to $100 incentive for each approved customer application.

Are you a contractor who’s new to this program? Learn how you can receive the incentive by calling us at 1-800-663-8400 or emailing rebates@fortisbc.com

 

 

 



Sources for fuel costs

1Source: Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency, Comprehensive Energy Use Database, residential sector, BC, Table 2: Secondary Energy Use, 2012.

2These are approximate annual costs for space heating of a typical household in specific FortisBC and BC Hydro service areas as identified. A typical household is defined as an existing single family house approx. 2,300 square ft. with average insulation. Anticipated savings will be the difference between annual natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane costs for various heating equipment. Calculations compare the most energy-efficient heating equipment currently available for natural gas furnace heating, electric resistance heating, oil furnace heating and propane furnace heating, and are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of January 2017, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2017 used for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2017 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of February 2017. These include applicable carbon tax. Savings may vary by household and do not include potential rebates and/or incentives.

3Source: Home Heating Oil & Propane Price Survey for B.C., Participant Research, February 2017.