LiveSmart incentive program reinstated

By Contributor
April 21st, 2010

Homeowners planning to upgrade their homes this year can once again take advantage of rebates and incentives through the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program.

FortisBC has partnered with the BC government, BC Hydro and Terasen Gas to provide assistance to people who complete energy efficiency upgrades under the direction of a certified energy advisor.

“Improving the energy efficiency of existing homes is essential for meeting demand for electricity through conservation,” said Michael Mulcahy, FortisBC’s vice president of customer and corporate services. “Through FortisBC’s collaboration with the provincial government and utility partners, customers in our service area can easily access incentives that are consistent with what’s available throughout the province.”

The popular program was put on hold last August after hitting its three-year target in just 15 months. The additional funding will extend the program through March 2011.

To participate in the program, homeowners can book an audit by a certified energy advisor who will assess their home for potential energy savings. The program provides incentives for specific energy efficient upgrades including windows and door, insulation, heat pumps, high efficiency furnaces and more. When a homeowner completes some or all of the energy efficient upgrades, a post-retrofit audit qualifies the homeowner for refunds.

FortisBC PowerSense 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. Since its inception in 1989, FortisBC PowerSense has helped southern interior customers save over 360 million kWhs, enough energy to power over 27,700 homes for a year.

The LiveSmart BC program is just one of the many initiatives that FortisBC PowerSense offers to encourage energy conservation. For further information about the Livesmart BC program, locating a certified energy advisor and other programs you can access to help manage your energy usage, call the FortisBC toll free number at 1-866-4FORTIS (1-866-436-7847) or visit www.fortisbc.com/powersense/powersense_main.html

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