Home Energy Retrofits
Considering renovating your home? About one-third of homeowners in Kamloops will complete some form of renovation this year; however, despite the many benefits and available incentives, few will include energy retrofits with their renovations. A renovation that includes installing new windows and adding additional insulation could save 18% off your energy bill; a deep retrofit that improves the thermal performance of your home's external walls could save as much as 80%!
Why Energy Retrofits?
- save money
- increase comfort (less temperature swings)
- increase sound proofing
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions
To learn more about the benefits of energy efficient technologies view this guide of the key features of energy efficient products.
Home Energy Assessment Pilot Project
Applications are now closed. Participants will be randomly selected from applicants who meet the criteria detailed in the application form below. Only the selected participants will be contacted.
The City of Kamloops is on the search for five households to participate in a home energy assessment pilot project. Selected households will receive a free EnerGuide assessment conducted by a Certified Energy Advisor and a home energy retrofit plan, which have a combined value of $850. The home energy retrofit plan includes cost estimates and information on financial incentives available to each homeowner should they choose to proceed with the retrofit.
The goal of this pilot project is to give City staff more insight into the potential energy savings, emissions reductions, and costs associated with retrofitting homes that were constructed prior to 1992. This information will be used to create a community energy retrofit program, which aims to increase the number and impact of energy retrofits occurring in Kamloops. Increasing the energy efficiency of existing homes—particularly older homes—plays an important role in addressing climate change, as buildings account for 29% of community emissions in Kamloops.
The Better Homes Program will help you find rebates for home improvements that will save energy, save money, and lower your greenhouse gas emissions. You could receive up to $10,000 in rebates. Expand the sections below for a list of available rebates.
|Insulations (attic, basement, crawlspace, exterior wall, cavity/sheathing)||Up to $5,500|
|ENERGYSTAR® windows or doors||Up to $3,000|
|Air source heat pump||Up to $3,000|
|Natural gas ENERGYSTAR® furnance||Up to $700|
|Natural gas ENERGYSTAR® boiler||$500|
|Electric heat pump water heater||$1,000|
|Natural gas water heater||Up to $1,000|
|EnerChoice® fireplace||$300 per|
|Two Upgrade Bonus|
Install any two of the Individual Upgrades (above) and receive a $300 bonus.
Upgrades must be completed within 18 months of each other.
|Home Energy Improvement Bonus*|
Install any three of the Individual Upgrades (above) and receive $20 per %GJ change based on your EnerGuide report. Maximum rebate of $2,000. Pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation required.
Upgrades must be completed within 18 months of the pre-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation.
|EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate*||$300 for completing a pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation plus a $150 top up for residents of the City of Kamloops. Total rebate of $450.|
*Rebate is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia, Governement of Canada, and City of Kamloops.
Not sure where to start? Knowledgeable energy coaches are available by phone and email to help you make decisions about your home energy improvement project. Call 1-844-881-9790 or visit the Better Homes Program to get in touch with an Energy Coach.