General

A climate-friendly home is a home that produces minimal greenhouse gas emissions and minimally contributes to local and global climate change.  In the capital region, 30-50% of our emissions are from burning fossil fuels for heating our homes and buildings. A home with fossil fuel heating (e.g. natural gas, oil, or propane) can produce more GHG emissions than the average car each year. A home with electric heating will produce almost no GHG emissions thanks to BC’s nearly 100% renewable hydroelectricity supply.

A home can be made more climate-friendly by reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it produces. There are a variety of ways to do this, including switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon hydroelectricity and/or by improving the overall efficiency of your home. Home energy improvements such as upgrading to a heat pump and improving the insulation, windows, and air sealing in your home, can keep energy bills low and help to make your home climate-friendly.

Canada is among the top 10 global emitters as a country and one of the largest per capita emitters of GHGs. While the energy consumption and greenhouse gases emitted from your home make up a tiny percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, at a regional level, the collective GHG emissions from homes is significant. More importantly, the amount of GHG emissions you produce in your home is completely within your control to reduce. Individual and collective actions at home are part of the solution.  The Bring it Home program encourages program participants to think about what other actions they individually and collectively can take to support global efforts to tackle climate change.

The Capital Regional District is looking to engage homeowners in the community who are interested in being agents of change by completing home energy upgrades AND taking steps to motivate other homeowners to do the same.

The goals of this pilot program are to:

  • Support community members to improve their home efficiency and reduce their home carbon footprint by providing peer, financial, and professional Energy Expert support.
  • Build awareness and educate homeowners on the opportunities for home energy improvement and reduce household greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Encourage community-building and foster local climate leaders to champion home energy improvements to their peers

Supporters of Bring It Home

The financial supporters of the program are the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Capital Regional District.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is funding the Bring it Home program as one of the activities of Transition 2050 Residential Retrofit Acceleration Project which is administered by City Green Solutions. Bring it Home and Residential Retrofit Acceleration Partners in the capital region include:

  • Capital Regional District
  • City of Victoria
  • District of Central Saanich
  • District of Saanich
  • Township of Esquimalt
  • City Green Solutions

The Capital Regional District is a region-wide local government body that manages things like regional water supply, solid waste, wastewater treatment, regional parks, housing, and climate action through shared service delivery models for the 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, serving more than 413,000 people.

Support and Offers:

Resources:

  • The Resource Library - a collection of guides and references to help you plan a renovation, select the best equipment, and identify applicable rebates in your area.
  • The Testimonials Gallery - a gallery showcasing the home energy improvement experiences of homeowners in the capital region.
  • Program Events - Participant-exclusive events and workshops featuring DIY advice, ask an expert opportunities, or supplies provided to participants.
  • (Coming Soon!) Goods and Services - Participant-exclusive opportunities to request goods and services specific to your upgrade project such as DIY air sealing supplies.

This program is designed to meet a variety of program participant’s requests. Program participants as individuals or groups could request:

 

  • Guidance or training on DIY air sealing
  • Workshops or presentations about heating system options
  • Other relevant training as requested.

 

Requests for this support should be sent to ask@bringithome4climate.ca.

A Bring It Home Energy Expert is a program representative that will review your Home Energy Check Up intake form and have a conversation with you about the best next steps to take to reduce the energy consumption of your home.  The Bring It Home Energy Expert is not a:

  • Better Homes Energy Coach – an individual who can support you in understanding rebate programs and answer questions about general home energy improvement through phone or email
  • EnerGuide Energy Advisor – who is an individual that will come to your home to provide a detailed home energy evaluation and give your home an official EnerGuide Energy Rating.

A Bring It Home Energy Expert can:

  • Provide you with a Virtual Home Energy Check Up and report.
  • Meet with you, on the phone or online, one-on-one or as a group to provide guidance and information to support you to take the next steps to complete home energy improvements.  This may include recommending you have an EnerGuide energy evaluation, contact a registered contractor, or take on a DIY project.
  • Help you determine the right home energy upgrades to meet your needs and budget.
  • Help you access other Bring It Home program offers
  • Provide other support, as requested.

An EnerGuide home evaluation is a comprehensive service provided by an energy advisor to assess your home’s energy performance and determine which areas of your home can be improved to help lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. An energy advisor will complete a site visit, talk to you about your concerns, renovation plans, priority areas, rebates and create an energy model of you home. You will receive a report with customized and prioritized energy efficiency recommendations. Energy advisors are building science professionals who will provide you with unbiased energy saving information, rather than selling any particular products or recommending particular contractors.

Booking an evaluation

The Bring It Home 4 the Climate program will cover up to $250 for the cost of a limited quantity of pre-retrofit energy evaluations. Qualifying participants are responsible for the balance of the cost of the energy evaluation after the discount. You may be able to access further rebates for the EnerGuide home evaluation through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program. The full cost may be dependent on the size and location of your home.

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you can use the CleanBC Better Homes Find An Energy Advisor Search Tool to find a registered energy advisor operating in your area.

More information about how to access these resources will be shared once of have registered.

Eligibility

  • Participants must be owners of a home within the Capital Regional District.
  • The home being upgraded must be an eligible home type for the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program:
    • single family detached; or
    • side-by-side duplex; or
    • side-by-side row home or townhome; or
    • a mobile home on a permanent foundation.
    • For more details on eligible home types see here.
  • For full program Terms and Conditions, click here.

Participants must register online to participate in the program.  You can register here.

Registration for the program is easy. Answer a few questions on our online form.

Registration is the process used to introduce you to the program, to verify that you live in the capital region and to gather information on what you might like to achieve out of the program. The registration process also provides the program with your contact information so you can be sent information about the program.

 

When you register

You will receive a confirmation email and details about options for next steps. You may be contacted by someone from the Bring It Home Program about the Community Convener training if you indicated interest.

Yes. Participants can access all the relevant CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program rebates as long as they complete eligible upgrades following the rebate program terms and conditions. The program administrator will provide participants with the support needed to help them access available rebates.

No. There is no requirement to have a home evaluation. It is only encouraged if you are looking for in-home guidance and support as to which home energy retrofits would be best for your home or if you want to access the provincial rebates that are only available to homes that have an energy evaluation. You may not need an evaluation if:

  • You have already had an EnerGuide home evaluation.
  • You already know what energy retrofits you want to complete.
  • You have already completed home energy upgrades and you want to participate in the Bring It Home program in other ways.

If you have already had an EnerGuide home evaluation

If you have completed an EnerGuide home evaluation within the last 12 months, you may use this report for the purposes of the program. You will need to send a copy of the EnerGuide report to the program administration.

Other

Residential construction been deemed an essential service during COVID-19. When utilizing an essential service British Columbians are asked to continue to follow provincial health and safety guidelines including:

  • Stay home for at least 10 days if you have any symptoms of illness. After 10 days, if your temperature is normal and you feel better, you can return to your routine activities. Coughing may persist for several weeks, so a cough alone does not mean you need to continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days.
  • Stay at least two metres (over six feet) away from other people outside your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face.

Before having contractors or energy advisors in your home ask them about their COVID-19 safety procedures. To learn more about the Province of BC’s recommendations on COVID-19 safety, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19

A Better Homes Energy Coach is a free coaching service available for all homeowners and commercial building owners and managers in British Columbia. Energy Coaches are trained energy efficiency specialists who provide information about the options and opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your home or building. They are available to answer your questions at all stages of your energy improvement project. The Better Homes Energy Coach services includes:

  • Access to Energy Coaches via a toll-free hotline and e-mail
  • Information and advice about energy efficiency upgrades and rebates
  • If needed, directing you to appropriate program representative

 

To contact a Better Homes Energy Coach:

Greater Victoria: 250-412-0489

OR email ask@betterhomesbc.ca