There are many things that make October one of the best months of the year in BC – the changing of the seasons, delicious food at Thanksgiving, little monsters at Halloween, and of course, the fact that it’s Power Smart month! October is a great time for REALTORS® to educate their clients on the benefits of purchasing a Power Smart new home or of buying an older home and making energy efficient upgrades.
Power Smart new homes that have an EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher are healthier and more comfortable to live in, and they use up to 30 per cent less energy than standard homes on the market. This equates to significant savings on utility bills every year. Some of the features of Power Smart new homes include variable speed furnace motors found in high and mid-efficiency gas furnaces, ENERGY STAR labeled fans that use less than half the energy of regular fans, ENERGY STAR windows that add comfort to the home, ENERGY STAR labeled LED and CFL bulbs, and ENERGY STAR appliances.
REALTORS® can also inform their clients who are considering buying a previously-loved home and making energy efficient upgrades that they can save a significant amount of money by taking advantage of rebates offered through the Home Energy Rebate Offer, a partnership between BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC.
Homeowners who complete their upgrades before March 31, 2015, can apply also for a variety of rebates through the rebate offer, including insulation, draft proofing, ventilation, ductless heat pumps, EnerChoice fireplaces and hot water heaters. For a detailed summary of these rebates and their requirements, click here.
During October, Power Smart is also offering instant discounts on select ENERGY STAR lighting products as well as rebates on the most energy efficient ENERGY STAR refrigerators and clothes washers and dryers.
Power Smart Month Lighting Rebates
A home’s lighting accounts for about 16 per cent of the electricity consumption of the entire house. ENERGY STAR LED bulbs use 75 per cent less energy than incandescent lighting. In addition, they last 25 years based on average household use. From October 1 to 31, 2014, participating retailers are offering $2 to $10 instant discounts on select ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and lighting fixtures. Visit powersmart.ca/deals for more information on participating retailers and lighting offers.
Power Smart Month Appliance Rebates
On average, 20 per cent of a home’s energy use comes from appliances. ENERGY STAR labeled refrigerators are at least 20 per cent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard, and ENERGY STAR clothes dryers are about 20 per cent more efficient than standard clothes dryers. ENERGY STAR cloth washers use 35 to 50 per cent less water than standard models. Between October 1 and 31, 2014, there are tremendous rebates available for ENERGY STAR appliances such as $50 - $75 off select ENERGY STAR refrigerators, $50 - $100 off select ENERGY STAR clothes washers and $100 off ENERGY STAR clothes dryers. Visit powersmart.ca/appliances for a list of eligible models, rebate amounts and application information.
REALTORS® can inform their clients about these great money-saving incentives, and educate them on the benefits of a Power Smart new home – higher resale value, lower monthly energy costs, a healthier and more comfortable home and having less of an impact on the environment. For a complete list of rebates and savings, visit www.powersmart.ca.
The content of this blog post was generously provided by BC Hydro Power Smart