Home energy upgrades can net rebates from LiveSmart BC and FortisBC
KELOWNA, BC, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - FortisBC customers planning to
complete energy upgrades to their home are encouraged to take advantage
of continued rebates and incentives available through the LiveSmart BC
Efficiency Incentive program and from FortisBC directly.
"We encourage customers to continue to take steps to improve the energy
efficiency of their homes and businesses," said Tom Loski, vice
president, customer service, FortisBC. "FortisBC remains committed to
helping all customers save energy. We do this through our continued
support of the provincial LiveSmart BC program and by offering our own
programs to both natural gas and electricity customers."
Although the Federal ecoEnergy program is now closed to new
participants, other rebates are readily available. LiveSmart BC
provides up to $7,000 in assistance to people who complete energy
efficiency upgrades under the advice of a certified energy advisor.
There are incentives for specific upgrades including windows and doors,
insulation, heat pumps, high efficiency furnaces and more. The first
step to participating is to book an energy assessment with a certified
energy advisor. When a homeowner completes some or all of the
recommended upgrades, a post-retrofit assessment will qualify them for
refunds. The upgrades and follow-up assessment must be completed on or
before March 31, 2013 when program funding is scheduled to end.
Rebates and incentives are also available directly through FortisBC.
Natural gas customers can access assistance for EnerChoice fireplaces,
upgrading from propane or oil to natural gas furnaces and more.
FortisBC electricity customers who may not be eligible for LiveSmart BC
incentives can apply for rebates directly through FortisBC PowerSense.
FortisBC PowerSense incentives are also available to electricity
customers of Kelowna, Summerland, Grand Forks, Penticton and Nelson
Hydro. For a complete list of the rebates and incentives available,
"It's important to note that in addition to rebates, customers who
complete energy efficient upgrades to their home may see ongoing
savings to their utility bills and improve the overall comfort of their
home," said Loski.
FortisBC is committed to helping customers conserve energy and get the
most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives
and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. For more
information on energy efficiency tips, rebates and programs to help you
save energy in your home or business, visit fortisbc.com/rebates.
FortisBC is an integrated energy solutions provider focused on providing
safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane
and alternative energy solutions, at the lowest reasonable cost.
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves
approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities.
FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest
investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and
operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately
7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and
approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and
distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC
Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do
business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information
can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
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