Energy-efficiency programs for Indigenous communities
We’re always looking for opportunities to help customers save energy and money to help ensure a cleaner, healthier tomorrow for all British Columbians. To address the unique needs of Indigenous communities, we offer personal support, custom rebates and free upgrades for homes, administration offices and community buildings.
Programs for homes
Rebates and support are available when the community or individual community members are making energy-efficiency improvements and/or upgrades to their homes. Rebates are also available when building a new home. We can also facilitate and sponsor a community dinner or lunch session on conservation and energy-efficiency opportunities for community members.
|Indigenous Communities Conservation Program2||varies||Communities can get support to implement home energy upgrades (insulation, windows and doors, furnaces, water heaters and more) for their community members. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-884-8833 and select option 4.|
|Energy Saving Kit2||free for income-qualified||Receive a free kit full of energy-saving products you can install yourself.|
|Energy Conservation Assistance2||free for income-qualified||Community members may receive a free home energy evaluation and installation of energy-efficient products. Funding support is also available to help administer and promote the program to residents.|
|New Home for Indigenous communities||varies||Rebates for building high-performance single family, duplex or townhouse homes.|
|High-efficiency natural gas furnace2||Up to $3,000||Install an eligible furnace between 95 and 99 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate.|
|High-efficiency natural gas boiler2||$2,000||Install an eligible boiler at least 94 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate.|
|High-efficiency natural gas water heater2||$500 or $2,500||Install an eligible storage tank or tankless water heater.|
Programs for community buildings
Rebates and support are available when making energy-efficiency upgrades to community buildings such as administration offices, health and recreation centres, schools and daycares. These rebates are also available for new construction projects except where indicated.
|Commercial performance for existing buildings||varies||For existing community buildings, this program can help you develop custom energy-efficiency solutions to help reduce energy use.|
|Commercial performance new construction||up to $500,000||Rebates available when constructing community buildings, such as mixed-use and multi-unit residential buildings that achieve a higher energy performance than minimum BC Building Code.|
|High-efficiency natural gas boilers||up to $75,000||Rebates available for eligible commercial boilers.|
|High-efficiency natural gas furnace||up to $1,000||Install an eligible furnace between 95 and 99 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate (Note: only for existing small commercial buildings.)|
|High-efficiency natural gas water heaters||up to $21,000||Rebates available for eligible commercial water heaters.|
|Social Housing Retrofit||varies||Funding is available for energy studies to identify appropriate upgrades, as well as implementation funding to help ensure upgrades meet quality standards. (Note: only for existing apartment buildings)|
The following programs are only available to FortisBC electricity customers.
|Commercial lighting||up to $185 per unit||Rebates available for high-efficiency LED lighting, signage and controls installed in common areas of community buildings.|
|Electric heat pump water heater||$1,000 per unit||Rebates available for ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heaters.|
|Electric air source heat pump||up to $600 per ton||Rebates available for cold climate and packaged terminal heat pumps.|
|Foodservice and laundry||up to $6,600 per unit||Rebates available for ENERGY STAR cooking equipment, dishwashers, clothes washers and ventilation systems installed in a community kitchen and/or laundry facility.|
|Refrigeration equipment||up to $1,450 per unit||Rebates available for ENERGY STAR refrigerators, freezers, display cases, motor systems, controls and ice machines.|
We’re here to help
If you have questions about any of our services and rebates for Indigenous communities, please contact Carol Suhan, FortisBC program manager by calling 250-469-8116 or emailing email@example.com.
1Terms and conditions apply, which can be found on webpages for each program. FortisBC may modify or cancel programs at any time without notice.
2Only for income-qualified households. For example, a family of four with an annual income of $62,600 or less would qualify.