Energy Efficient Upgrades

Buildings, including our homes and businesses, account for over 40% of Coquitlam’s community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

For homeowners, energy efficiency upgrades are a great way to decrease energy usage, and can make homes more comfortable. You can also save money over time. 

Examples of energy efficiency upgrades include:

  • Switching from natural gas, propane, or oil heating systems (e.g. furnaces or boilers) to electricity (e.g. heat pumps)
  • Upgrading your windows and doors
  • Adding or improving insulation
  • Upgrading refrigerators, washers, and dryers to ENERGY STAR® rated appliances
  • Replacing lights with LEDs
  • Installing “smart” or programmable thermostats

Considering a Heat Pump?  Grant Available

A heat pump is the most energy-efficient and climate-friendly heating and cooling system currently available in B.C. 

The cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody joined with the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program offering a free, 1-hour webinar (plus a Q&A period) on Thursday, April 28.  

You can watch a recording of that webinar here.

During the webinar, CleanBC will provide information on how a heat pump works and its benefits, how to select a registered contractor, and what rebates, financing offers and supports are available to help you upgrade your heating and cooling system.

Information on the Tri-Cities Heat Pump Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) code is below. 

Rebates and Grants

There are a variety of resources, rebates, and incentives available to help lower the costs of your next home energy efficiency project. Below are some of the current programs offered by the provincial and federal governments. 

Note: rebates and incentives are subject to availability and can change without notice. Terms and conditions apply. Please confirm availability and/or eligibility with the appropriate rebate providers.

  1. Heat Pump Rebate
  2. CleanBC Better Homes
  3. Canada Greener Homes Grant

Access an additional rebate by joining a group of community members who are also buying a heat pump with the Tri-Cities Heat Pump Group Purchase Rebate (GPR) code.

CleanBC Better Homes offers a heat pump GPR of up to $500 for homeowners switching from an oil, natural gas, or propane heating system to an eligible air-source heat pump in addition to the available heat pump rebates and electrical service upgrade rebates from CleanBC. 

The more people that apply using the same group code, the higher the rebate for each participant – share this code with your friends!

  • Tri-Cities GPR code: GPR0120-EXP01/07/2022
  • This code expires Friday, July 1, 2022 

To take advantage of the GPR:

  • Register with the Tri-Cities GPR code at this link  once you have installed your eligible heat pump
  • Apply to Clean BC Better Homes for all eligible rebates before the code expires. Don't forget to enter your GPR code in the promo code field of the application form. If you have multiple codes, include both separated by a comma in this field
  • Spread the word about the Tri-Cities GPR code - the more homes that install a heat pump and apply using the same code, the higher the rebate
  • Participants must register with the complete group code (format GPR0120-EXP01/07/2022), have their heat pump installed, and submit applications for rebates within six months of their final installation invoice date.

If you have questions about the group purchase rebate, call a CleanBC energy coach toll free at 1-844-881-9790 or use their online contact form.

Support for your Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project

Follow CleanBC’s Better Homes Step-by-Step Rebate Guide to learn about:

  • Upgrades that make your home more comfortable and energy efficient
  • Eligible rebates
  • Program requirements
  • Selecting a contractor
  • Applying for rebates
  1. CleanBC Energy Coach Service
  2. EnerGuide Home Evaluation

The CleanBC energy coach service is a provincially-funded program that provides free, unbiased coaching to help guide homeowners through the various rebates and offers from CleanBC Better Homes. Energy coaches are energy efficiency specialists, providing building-science based information about the options to improve the energy efficiency of your home. They are available to answer your questions at all stages of the energy improvement project.  

For more information, visit CleanBC Better Homes and complete their online submission form, or contact an Energy Coach at 1-844-881-9790.

Other Ways to Save Energy

Upgrades to your home are not the only way to reduce your home’s energy use. Here are some examples that can save you money on your next energy bill:

  • Lowering the temperature on thermostats
  • Turning off appliances and unplug electronic devices when not in use
  • Turning off lights when you leave the room
  • Hanging clothes to dry

Visit the links below from BC Hydro for more information on how to reduce energy use in your home:

New Homes

Building your next home? The City of Coquitlam requires Energy Step Code compliance for new building permit applications. Learn more about the City of Coquitlam’s Energy Step Code compliance requirements, and stay up to date on future energy efficiency requirements.