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Mitsubishi Zuba Central Heat Pump

Heat Pump Grants and Rebates: Government incentives available in Greater Vancouver

You can currently get a CleanBC rebate of up to $6000 (or $9500 if you’re low income) when you install a new heat pump.

CleanBC Dual Fuel Heat Pump Rebate: $3000

A $3000 CleanBC rebate is available on dual fuel heat pump systems. A “dual fuel” system combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace. The gas furnace will provide back up heating on the coldest days (usually well below freezing) when it is hardest for the heat pump to keep up.

CleanBC rebates are not available to homeowners who already have a heat pump.

CleanBC All-Electric Heat Pump Rebate: $6000

If you remove your gas furnace or boiler and replace it with an all-electric heat pump you can get a $6000 CleanBC rebate.

Heat pumps that are used for this rebate are generally very efficient units that can meet a home’s entire heating needs even at temperatures well below freezing.

Some cold climate heat pumps can maintain most of their capacity at temperatures as low as -20C. Additional electric heating elements can be added in case your heat pump is unable to keep up on the coldest days.

For details, see the CleanBC program requirements.

Rebates for low income households

If your household is low income, you can receive a $9500 CleanBC rebate. You must remove your gas heating system and replace it with an all electric heat pump system.

To qualify for the “CleanBC Income Qualified Program” your household income must be below a certain level: $55,903 for a 1-person household (including adults and children), $69,596 for 2 people, $85,560 for 3, $103,880 for 4, $117,820 for 5, $132,880 for 6, and $147,943 for 7 or more people.

General Heat Pump Information

A heat pump is a system that provides both heating and air conditioning. It is like an air conditioner that can also operate in reverse in the winter. Air conditioners and heat pumps can move heat from a cooler location to a warmer location. Since heat is only being moved rather than created, more than one watt of heat can be created for each watt of electricity consumed.

Heat pump efficiency is usually measured in one of two ways: HSPF or COP.

HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is the number of BTUs of heat produced for each watt-hour of electricity consumed. It is based on the efficiency a heat pump system is expected to achieve over an entire year in a certain climate (HSPFs are usually stated for Region 4, which includes Vancouver). It also assumes backup heat in the form of electric resistance heaters is being used on colder days.

COP (Coefficient of Performance) is the number of watts of heat produced for each watt of electricity being consumed. It is stated for a given temperature. For example, the Mitsubishi Zuba 38,000 BTU central heat pump has a COP of 2.0 at -15oC, meaning it provides 2 watts of heating for each watt of electricity it is using.

Some homes may have an electrical service that is insufficient to support a heat pump during the coldest days. A CleanBC rebate of $500 is available to help reduce the cost of upgrading your home’s electrical capacity.

Mitsubishi Zuba Central Heat Pump

Mitsubishi Zuba Central Heat Pump: This system is for homes that currently have a furnace (a system that blows air through ductwork). The indoor unit (left) will replace your furnace, and has backup electric heaters for very cold days. The outdoor unit (right) will be placed outdoors.

Mitsubishi Ductless Split System

Mitsubishi Ductless Heat Pump: This system is for homes that currently have a boiler (a system that moves hot water through pipes). The indoor unit (top) will be placed indoors, near the ceiling. Multiple indoor units (or heads) can be placed in multiple rooms. The outdoor unit (bottom) will be placed outdoors.

How much do heat pumps cost?

Heat pumps that qualify for the rebates start at about $15,000 plus GST. This price includes installation and is before rebates. Call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) to schedule a free in-home quotation and we will provide an exact price to install a heat pump in your home.

22 thoughts on “Heat Pump Grants and Rebates: Government incentives available in Greater Vancouver”

    1. Yes all of the rebates here are available on the island (except for the municipal one). Some rebates are available only in certain municipalities or to customers of certain utility customers, but the CleanBC rebates are available across BC and the Greener Homes Grant across Canada.

  1. I was told that the maximum rebates for a townhome is only 1,500$ how true is this?
    Already got approval from Strata, this was just the latest bump on the road. Was told big rebates are only for detached homes. Can you confirm?

  2. My home use natural gas heating on the main floor and electrical baseboard heater on the second floor. Will I receive any rebate from the Federal and Provincial government? If so, how much? Thanks

  3. We are having heated floor system with a gas water heater and water tank. Can we get rebates if we install a centralized heat pump system for 3 bedrooms single house? Thanks.

  4. can house in Surrey heat by just just heat pump without backup heat source ? I heard “cold climate heat pump” solution.

    1. There are homes across the Lower Mainland that are being heated exclusively by electric heat pumps. Whether this is a suitable option for you depends on factors such as your homes power supply, ducting size, and other factors. We do install some heat pumps without backup heat although most of our installations still include backup heat (either electric elements or a gas furnace).

  5. Heat Pump rebates for an everyday home owner don’t make any sense. I recently got a quote for over $30,000 to convert my house to Heat Pumps and $22,000 for just the upstairs and $14,000 to do just one room. I was also advised that the installer would not be applying for a rebate unless I converted the entire house as I would not qualify. Everyone advertises the $11,000 rebate. No one tells you that it is nearly impossible to get this rebate. The potential pay back on using allot more expensive electricity to run the Heat Pump verses cheaper gas in my furnace does not make any sense. Crunch the numbers, I did multiple times.

    I have a 5 – 6 year old HE furnace and a window AC upstairs. I will stay with it. To all those who advertise the LARGE rebates, shame on you.

    1. For homeowners who have boilers and have homes where several ductless units will be required to heat the home, the systems can be so expensive that energy savings won’t make it worth it. However, if you are plan on installing ductless AC units the rebate can often cover the extra cost of heat pumps. It sounds like you are in an unusual situation (inadequate ducting?) where you have a furnace but cannot add a single central heat pump.

  6. Can you apply for a solar and a heat pump rebate at the same time? What about at different times? Are the rebates going to last past March 2024?

    1. The Greener Homes Grant is closed to new applicants as of February 13, 2024. The maximum rebate was $5000 so if you got a heat pump that qualified for the maximum $5000 rebate it was not possible to also get a solar rebate. The Greener Homes Grant is expected to relaunch in the summer but will only be available to low & middle income homes (the exact income level has not been announced).

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