Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program: Making an Impact in Saanich

Saanich has the greatest number of participants in the program so far, which is great as it is estimated there are 6,000-8,000 oil tanks in the Municipality 

Saanich residents are taking action by upgrading from oil heating to efficient electric air source heat pumps through the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program. The program offers $1,700 in funding from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund and is administered by City Green Solutions, a non-profit energy efficiency organization

Saanich and the CRD have added an additional $300 to the incentive, providing Saanich residents with an incentive opportunity of $2,000 to help lower their heating bills and reduce household greenhouse gas emissions.

Saanich already has the greatest number of participants in the program so far, which is great as it is estimated there are 6,000-8,000 oil tanks in the Municipality. Up to 20% of Saanich homes still use heating oil to heat their homes. Now heating oil tank owners are looking for alternatives due to the potential for oil leaks to homeowner properties and the environment, and the high carbon footprint of heating oil.

When there is a leaking oil tank, Saanich Public Works are there to help residents stop the spill and assist with the clean up when it reaches the environment. Spill response contractors are available to assist with cleanup on private properties. Over the last four years there have been numerous spill events, which costs the homeowner and the Municipality.

“An oil to heat pump upgrade is one of the most important things we can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing homes. Participating homes’ typical carbon reductions will be better than taking a car off the road for 15 years,” explains Glenys Verhulst, Oil to Heat Pump Program Manager.

“Heat pumps are very efficient home heating systems because they use only a small amount of electricity to move a large amount of heat, to provide comfortable temperatures in the home year-round. An oil to heat pump upgrade will reduce a typical home’s energy bills by $1,300 to $2,700 very year, and will eliminate the risk of costly damage to air, soil, and waterways from home heating oil leaks,” adds Verhulst.

To qualify, homeowners must install a qualifying central or mini-split heat pump and remove their oil tank and oil heating system. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.

To learn more, or to register for the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive Program, visit www.oiltoheatpump.ca or call 1.877.545.6247

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