Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Dust Fighter 95 - Receive One Free with New Furnace Installation!

The Dust Fighter 95 electrostatic air filter has set the benchmark of quality that all filters strive to meet.

Typical fiberglass throwaway filters can trap only 5% of pollutants. And ordinary electrostatic air filters sold through media and discount outlets trap only 80%. The Dust Fighter 95 is the most effective tool for eliminating 95% of  common household pollutants which can harm you, your family, and your heating and cooling system.

And now, when you have a new furnace installed by the professionals at House Smart Home Improvements, you will automatically receive The Dust Fighter 95 FREE.

The Dust Fighter 95 is valued at $100 and will be included with the installation of the Amana Models including Amana ACVM96 , AMVM96, AMVC95 OR ACVC95.

Don't miss this deal! Call House Smart Home Improvements @ 604-585-2020.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Letter Sent to House Smart Home Improvements Proves that Upgrades Make a Huge Difference!

December 4, 2012

Dear Brian:

Re: Energy Upgrades at 2616 Jones Avenue, North Vancouver, BC

It has been close to a year now since I had your Company install windows, doors, insulation, a new furnace and hot water tank in my residence and I wanted to share with you the energy savings results since having done these upgrades to my home.

In October, 2011 I had AmeriSpec do an energy audit on my home which was built in 1979. The audit indicated the home was below average rating at a 41. Having done the recommended upgrades it was expected the house would come out at a rating of around 55 or so. When the final audit was done in March, 2012 the house rating came out with a higher than expected rating of 66. Government rebates for the upgrades totaled about $4,700.00.

Just to show you the difference in my heating costs, I am on a monthly budget plan and was paying $144.00 a month. When my anniversary date came up in October this year I had a $289.00 credit on my bill which has translated into having no bill for November and December and also my monthly heating bill has dropped by over half to $76.00 a month beginning November 1st which I think is incredible for a 3000 square foot house. The house is much more comfortable and warmer than it was last year at this time. I find that keeping the furnace between 68 and 70 degrees to be just right anything higher and the place becomes a sauna. Prior to the upgrades the old furnace had to be kept at least 74 degrees and even at that the house felt damp and cool. When I renewed my home insurance in October this year a further $128.00 came off my annual premium due to the new furnace and hot water tank being installed.

I don’t know if any other customers ever communicate this type of information with you but I was thrilled with these results and felt compelled to share them with you. I am so glad I had these upgrades done and have absolutely no reservations about having done them and I certainly have no hesitations in recommending your Company to anyone else I know Brian.

Thanks again Brian.

Yours truly,

Mike Procaccini
2616 Jones Avenue
North Vancouver, BC

Monday, December 3, 2012

Draft Proof Your Home

Written by Sound Marketing

Wherever you feel cold air coming in, you have a leak, and warm air will escape through the same gap. Drafts are big energy wasters that inflate your bills and make your home less comfortable than it could be. Sealing the gaps and cracks with caulking and weather stripping is one of the most cost-effective steps you can take to keep the heat inside your home, reducing heat loss by up to 10%.


The materials you need to seal the gaps are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase many of them at local hardware stores. Draft proofing generally has the fastest payback of any home heating improvement. Even apartment dwellers and renters can draftproof parts of their homes.

Cost savings

If your home is losing warm air to the outside and letting cold air gust in, you are likely suffering the high cost of wasted heating. Drafts work against you in summer months as well, letting hot outside air in. Sealing the gaps will help seal in savings.

Health & comfort

Damp air seeping in makes a room’s temperature feel colder than it is. Dry air can lead to problems with static, as well as dry throats and skin. Sealing leaks will make your home more comfortable, in all weather conditions.

Environmental considerations

Since heating is the largest energy user in most homes, wasted heat means a lot of wasted energy. In many homes, 20% of all heat loss is through leaks and poor ventilation. Wasted hydroelectric energy increases the demand for more energy infrastructure. Wasted gas, coal, oil, or wood can increase CO2 emissions. If 10,000 B.C. households with gas heating were draftproofed to cut gas consumption an average of 5%, it could save a kilotonne (1,000 tonnes) of CO2 emissions annually.


What you need to know

Getting Started

  • Start at the bottom of the house and work your way up.
  • Use a smoking incense stick to find leaks or run your hand over windowsills, doors and walls to feel for cold drafts.
  • Remove old, damaged caulking or weatherstripping before you begin.
  • Choose a caulking that is appropriate to each task.

Places to Seal

  • Joints shift over time and with changes in moisture and temperature, leaving gaps and cracks. Use caulking or other expandable materials to seal the spaces between interior joints, around non-opening windows and spaces around water pipes and vents.
  • Around window and door frames
  • Where walls meet the foundation
  • On the foundation itself
  • Around window air conditioners
  • Around the chimney
  • Around openings where piping, electrical and telephone lines enter the building
  • Block unused openings in the walls or roof to prevent additional energy loss

Doors and Windows

  • Doors get warped by use and weather, leaving gaps between the door and frame. If your exterior doors are drafty, caulk between the door frame and the wall and add weatherstripping along the top and edge of the door. For added protection, put weatherstripping along the vertical doorstop to press against the face of the door when it's closed.
  • Install a door sweep on the bottom edge of your door, or attach weatherstripping along the bottom of the door or on the threshold. Note that weatherstripping attached to the door itself needs to be extra durable.
  • Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal around windows.
  • Hang interior window coverings to help regulate temperature. See our Shade Your Windows tip to learn more.
  • Cover single-paned or inefficient windows with plastic or fitted storm windows in the winter.
  • Keep doors and windows closed when operating heating or an air conditioner.
  • Exterior doors and windows close tightly, as well as interior doors to unheated areas.

More ideas

  • You can purchase draft proofing gaskets that fit behind the cover plates of electrical outlets and lighting fixtures to reduce leakage. Caulk the edges of these gaskets.
  • Child safety plugs fitted into infrequently used electrical outlets can help reduce heat loss through exterior walls.
  • It is possible to over seal your house, leaving it prone to mold or carbon monoxide issues. While it is unlikely to do so with weather stripping and a caulking gun, keep in mind that controlled air circulation is essential for a healthy and comfortable home. Have an electrician install a dehumidistat in your bathroom. These devices can be set to automatically turn on the fan when moisture levels get high. See Upgrade Your Ventilation for more information.
  • When you are ready to upgrade your heating further, head to Maintain Your Heating System and Adding and Upgrading Insulation.


Draftproofing my ducts or around my windows seems like a big job for me to do alone. Are there contractors who you can hire to do this kind of work?
Yes. Some parts of a home are easier to draft proof than others, and a contractor will generally be able to do a neat and thorough job. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, talk to a few carpenters to get estimates or, if you have a home energy audit, ask your auditor if they can recommend someone.
If I can only make one home improvement this year, is draft proofing the one that will save the most energy?
The best improvements for you to make depend on the state of your home, your location and your energy use. For a house older than 10 or 15 years, draft proofing can have significant effects, but every house will have different strengths and weaknesses. An energy audit by a qualified auditor will assess the most effective steps for you to take. House Smart Home Improvements can help set you up with a professional energy audit during a Free In-Home Consultation.

House Smart Home Improvements are experienced professionals with an  A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. When it’s time to replace your windows, doors or furnaces and heat pumps, or to install  insulation, and other energy-efficient home upgrades,  give us a call. 604-585-2020. We offer Free In-Home Consultations!

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Difference Between Storage and Tankless Water Heaters

While offering higher efficiency, tankless water heaters usually don't make sense

There are two primary types of water heaters: storage and tankless. In this column I’ll try to explain the differences between these two approaches and offer some guidance on choosing between them. (There are also “hybrid” water heaters with features of both that I’ll cover in a future blog.)

Storage water heaters

Most water heaters are storage models. These are insulated tanks holding 20 to 120 gallons with either electric heating elements or gas burners. The storage tank stratifies with hot water at the top and cold incoming water at the bottom, so that as you draw off hot water (from the top), you get consistently hot water until the hot water is nearly depleted. The “first-hour rating” tells you how many gallons of hot water can be delivered in an hour.
Storage water heaters constantly lose heat through the tank walls. Even though the tank is insulated, the difference in temperature across that insulated wall is large, so even with a lot of insulation the stand-by heat loss is substantial. Gas-fired storage water heaters that have standing pilot lights replenish some of that lost heat with the pilot, but most of the pilot’s heat is lost up the flue.

Tankless water heaters provide constant hot water and energy savings

To address the issue of standby heat loss and running out of hot water, tankless water heaters (also referred to as demand water heaters) were developed decades ago. These are sometimes (especially in other countries) installed at the point of use, say in a bathroom, but in this country they are usually installed centrally in place of standard, storage water heaters.
A great feature of tankless water heaters is that they never run out of hot water — assuming the water heating capacity large enough to supply the needed hot water demands. They also don’t have stand-by losses. Because hot water isn’t stored in a tank, there is no heat loss when the water heater isn’t operating (though there will be some losses through the pipes during use).
A 2008 Consumer Reports article reported that gas-fired tankless water heaters used about 22% less energy than their storage-type counterparts. A 2010 study by the Center for Energy and Environment in Minnesota found that gas-fired tankless water heaters save an average of 36% over storage water heaters. So far, so good.

The size of heating elements

A key advantage of storage water heaters is that the heating element(s) can be fairly small. Because a significant volume of water is stored and because the tank remains stratified as hot water is drawn off, a properly sized storage-type water heater can provide a family’s hot water needs without requiring a very large flow of gas or electricity to heat the water.
Most gas-fired storage-type water heaters have relatively small burners, typically 30,000 to 50,000 Btu/hour (not much larger than the larger burner on a gas range). This means that a half-inch-diameter gas line is usually adequate to supply the water heater. It also means that the air intake (supply of combustion air) can be fairly modest in size.
Gas-fired tankless water heaters, on the other hand, often have much larger burners. A typical whole-house model, sized to allow two showers to be used at the same time or for someone to shower while the clothes washer or dishwasher is operating, will have a burner producing as much as 180,000 Btu/hour; the largest tankless water heaters have burners over 300,000 Btu/hour. Supplying the natural gas or propane to such a large burner requires a larger gas-supply line (typically 3/4-inch) than needed for storage water heaters — not an insignificant consideration.
Along with the large gas line, these tankless water heaters require a lot of combustion air. A small, 125,000 Btu/hour model operated at full capacity requires about 30 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air for complete combustion, and a large, 180,000 Btu/hour model requires up to 45 cfm of air at full capacity. Such large airflow requirements can limit the options for placement.

Bigger challenges with electric tankless water heaters

An electric tankless water heater large enough to serve a whole house requires a huge current draw. A Seisco Model RA-28 that supplies 2.5 gallons per minute at a 76°F temperature rise draws as much as 116 amps at 240 volts! Most homes have only 200-amp service, and the multiple breakers and wiring required for such large current flows are expensive.
For utility companies, the idea of a lot of customers switching to electric tankless water heaters is downright scary, since hot water loads typically fall during periods of peak morning and early-evening power consumption. Utility companies are required to have capacity available for whatever the demand is, and if a lot of electric tankless water heaters were installed in a service district that would result in a significant increase in those peaks.

Flow rates

Some tankless water heaters have a minimium flow rate as high as 0.5 or 0.6 gallons per minute, meaning that at lower flow rates they won't come on. This can be a problem with low-flow plumbing fixtures, such as bathroom faucets.
Fortunately, manufacturers are responding to this concern. The Rheem H95 condensing tankless water heater pictured with this blog, for example, has a minimum flow rate of 0.26 gpm, the lowest I've seen — though the minimum "activation rate" is somewhat higher at 0.4 gpm.

Higher cost for tankless water heaters

While tankless water heaters save energy compared with storage water heaters, that doesn’t mean they are cost-effective. Both the Consumer Reports and Minnesota study mentioned above reported that the significantly higher cost of tankless water heaters resulted in payback periods longer than the expected lifetimes of the water heaters. Consumer Reports found the cost of tankless models to range from $800 to $1,150 plus about $1,200 for installation, compared with $300 to $480 for storage water heaters and $300 for installation.
The Minnesota study reported a 20- to 40-year payback for the tankless water heaters.
With certain usage patterns, though, the numbers could change. In a vacation home that is only used for an occasional weekend, the standby losses can be a huge percent of the total energy use for water heating, and a tankless model might make more sense. Or, in a commercial building in which a lavatory faucet is far away from the water heater and the hot water demand is very low, a small point-of-use tankless water heater may make sense — even an electric model.

Increased maintenance

On top of the questionable economics, tankless water heaters have significantly greater maintenance requirements than storage models.
Models designed for outdoor installation (where supplying combustion air is not a problem) include sophisticated freeze-protection systems. In places with hard water, scale build-up is a significant problem. If the hardness is above 11 grains per hour, experts recommend installing a water softener, according to Consumer Reports, and special provisions may be needed during installation to allow periodic flushing the heat exchanger coils with a vinegar solution.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that tankless water heaters simply don’t make sense for most whole-house applications. There are exceptions, as noted above, but for the vast majority of residential applications, storage water heaters make more sense.

Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Do You Need to Upgrade Your Ventilation?

The average family produces 10 to 50 litres of moisture a day from cooking, bathing, washing dishes and other activities. A house that doesn't breathe can trap this moisture and develop humidity damage and mold issues. In addition, without adequate ventilation, carbon monoxide can collect in your home.




Upgrading your ventilation could be as simple as replacing your bathroom fan and following some guidelines for good air circulation practices.

Cost savings

While mechanical ventilation does require energy, it is likely to save you money down the road. A poorly ventilated house is prone to rot and the occupants are more likely to suffer from allergies and other respiratory ailments. In addition, it takes more energy to heat wet air.

Health & comfort

For a healthy and comfortable indoor environment, air needs to circulate throughout the living space and be exchanged with fresh outside air. Proper ventilation can reduce mold, lessen the risk of carbon monoxide build-up and allow for energy-efficient air circulation.

Environmental considerations

Use a timer or dehumidistat with your fan to maximize energy efficiency by turning the fan on when it needs to be, but off when it doesn't.

What you need to know

  • Efficient air exchange is best achieved through controlled mechanical ventilation. There are simple and effective ways to ensure you and your house breathe easily.
  • Invest in new range and bathroom fans if yours are old. New fans are far more efficient – and much quieter!
  • Ensure all fans vent outside your house, not into your attic or exterior walls.
  • Have an electrician install a dehumidistat in your bathroom. These devices can be set to automatically turn the fan on when moisture levels get high.
  • A great and fairly inexpensive way to ventilate your home is to invest in a bathroom fan with a timer and variable fan settings. You can set the fan to go on for a few hours a day when ventilation needs are high, like during the shoulder seasons when outside and inside air are similar in temperature.
  • If you use your bathroom fan as your home exhaust, undercut the bathroom door to ensure that air can flow through from the rest of the house.
  • A Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is a great upgrade to a ventilation system. HRVs use heat from exhausted air to preheat incoming fresh air, making your ventilation far more energy efficient. In many homes, you can retrofit a heat recovery ventilator fairly easily. Ask your electrician or home energy auditor if this would be a good product for you.
  • Natural Resources Canada provides some good information on heat recovery ventilators and an introduction to mechanical ventilation in general.
  • If you are installing a new heating system, ensure it includes ventilation as well. Many new systems efficiently cover all your climate control needs.
  • The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website has an informative section on Indoor Air Quality issues.


Can I just open a window to circulate fresh air?
Mechanical ventilation is far more efficient than opening windows and doors, and works well in all seasons. In fact, year-round energy use in more temperate parts of B.C. is often the same as that in colder places because of people opening windows and doors for fresh air in the shoulder seasons and then having to heat their space back up in the evenings.

Our house is drafty, would that provide enough air circulation?
Drafts are not a healthy or efficient form of ventilation. The air exchange can't be controlled and they are strongest when the difference between the inside and outside air is high. That means on cold nights, you are likely to feel a cold breeze coming into your warm house. Cold drafts can make rooms feel colder than it is and lead to inefficient heating and discomfort. During the shoulder seasons, when indoor and outside temperatures are more similar, you are likely to get very little air exchange.

 Source: BC Hydro
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Saturday, November 17, 2012


Thinking of having new windows installed? Here are 4 Reasons not to wait!

1) Right now, until December 2012, House Smart Home Improvements will Pay the HST on your new windows! (Please call for details: 604-585-2020

2) Live Smart BC is paying you back 60 dollars for each window you have installed, but it all ends March 2013. There are 7000 dollars in grants available. Your House Smart Representative will provide you with all the details.

3) You probably already know how new windows will stop the drafts and cut down on your heating bill, saving you money now, and over time.

4) When you keep the heat inside your home and not going out of your windows, you conserve energy do your part to reduce your carbon footprint for future generations. Now there is something you can feel good about!

  Stop Throwing Money out the Window!

There has never been a better time to consider new windows for your home.  Enjoy the comfortable feeling of a draft-free home this winter. Call today for your Free No Obligation In-Home Estimate from House Smart Home Improvements: 604-585-2020.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

15 Great Energy Saving Tips!

Here are 15 tips to help you save energy, save money and do  your part for the environment.

Try these easy, low-cost or no-cost energy saving tips:


1) Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted with annual maintenance. If your furnace is working at peak efficiency it will use less energy and cost less to operate.

2) Clean or replace the filter every 1-2 months - a dirty filter reduces the airflow and forces the furnace to run longer to heat your home.

3) Consider purchasing a new ENERGY STAR® high efficiency furnace. An average home can save up to $509 in natural gas and electrical costs annually when upgrading from a standard 60% efficiency natural gas furnace to a 95% efficiency furnace with a high efficiency variable speed motor.
House Smart Home Improvements claims that they can install a 96% efficiency furnace, and it comes with a 10 year parts and labor warranty as well.
After government grants, you can have this installed for $2695.

Contact House Smart Home Improvements for details: 604-585-2020
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4) Lower your thermostat by 4 - 5 degrees Celsius
(7 - 9 degrees Fahrenheit) while you're sleeping at night and when no one is at home.

5) Install a programmable thermostat. You can save 2% on your heating bill for every 1 degree C you turn down your thermostat. With a programmable thermostat to consistently lower your heat when you don’t need it, you could save up to $54 a year!
House Smart Home Improvements installs these for you: 604-585-2020

6) Switch to cold when doing your laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water. By turning the dial to cold on your washing machine, you help the environment, save energy, and save money.

7) Wash full loads.

8) Choose a front loading washing machine. Not only does a front loading washing machine save water, it saves energy as well. It uses about 40% less water and about 50% less energy.


9) Weather-stripping provides a barrier between the fixed and movable sections of doors and windows. Apply weather-stripping to operable windows, exterior doors, garage doors, and doors that lead to the attic.
10) Apply a sealant or caulk around windows, doorframes, sills and joints. On a windy day feel for leaks or use a couple of incense sticks to help identify leaks around windows, electrical outlets, vents and exterior doors. As well look for spider webs - if there is a web there is a draft.
The materials you need to seal the gaps are inexpensive ...
More about draft proofing from House Smart Home Improvements.


11) Cover your windows with plastic to conserve energy this winter.
12) Even better, have energy-star vinyl replacement windows put in by the experienced professionals at House Smart Home Improvements. Ask about the government grants available for this.


13) If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for leaks by looking for spider webs. If there is a web, there is a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from an un-insulated basement.

14) Add insulation to basement walls.
Visit House Smart Home Improvements for more information on insulation.

 Drapes & Blinds

15) On sunny days, open south facing drapes and let the sun in, a natural source of heat. If you have large windows that don't receive direct sun, keep the drapes closed. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Act Now - Live Smart BC Efficiency Incentive Program will Close March 31, 2013

Tens of thousands of British Columbians are saving energy and money because of their participation in the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program. And even better they are also lowering their carbon footprint!

You can join your neighbours across B.C. who are saving money and reducing energy use by accessing these incentives.

During your Free In-Home Consultation from House Smart Home Improvements, you will learn about all the incentives that are available to you.

But act fast, because the current program will end March 31, 2013!

Choose your contractor wisely. House Smart Home Improvements have years of experience and can help you with multiple home energy-saving renovations such as replacement energy-smart windows, doors, insulation, furnaces and heat pumps.
They also provide initial Free In-home Consultations.

During your Free In-Home Consultation with House Smart Home Improvements, one of our experienced professionals can help you decide what renovations would best upgrade your home while staying inside your budget. He / She will also put you in touch with a Certified Energy Advisor.

After you have made energy efficiency improvements to your home, you will complete a second assessment within 18 months of your first assessment  (or by March 31, 2013, whichever comes first).

The energy advisor will submit your application giving you access to applicable LiveSmart BC incentives. Your home will also receive an upgraded EnerGuide for Houses rating. Expect a cheque in the mail!
Please note:
There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for incentives. Please read about the eligible improvements carefully. If you are unclear on requirements, contact  House Smart Home Improvements before purchasing or installing any equipment.

This information brought to you by House Smart Home Improvements via the Live Smart BC website.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Get 150 Dollars Off your Energy Assessment

Reduce Your Use Rebate

House Smart Home Improvements 604-585-2020 wants to let you know that Fortis BC is offering a $150 rebate on your initial LiveSmart BC Energy Assessment. On top of that, House Smart Home Improvements will also pay 150 dollars toward your initial home energy assessment by Natural Resources Canada, and give you a Free professional in-home consultation.
You will be required to have visit from a certified government energy adviser to provide you with information showing you the best ways to reduce energy use, and  allowing you to access up to $7,000 in LiveSmart BC energy efficiency improvement rebates for upgrades like windows, doors, insulation furnaces and heat pumps.

Am I eligible?

You could get a rebate of $150 per household after completing an initial home energy assessment by a Natural Resources Canada licensed and certified Energy Assessor. House Smart Home Improvements can give you all the information you need during your In-Home Free Consultation and can set you up with your initial assessment.  Call 604-585-2020 for more information.
To qualify for the rebate you must meet all of the following criteria:
  • be a homeowner 
  • be a Fortis BC or wholesale municipal electricity customer
  • have a home 10 years or older
  • have electric heating system (heat pump with electric backup, electric baseboard, electric forced air)
  • use more than $2,300 of electricity annually
If you meet the qualifications for the Reduce Your Use rebate and your income is lower than the Low Income Cut-off (LICO) you could qualify for a rebate voucher to pay for your initial energy assessment.  House Smart Home Improvements can provide you with all of the information you need. Call 604-585-2020.

How do I apply?

  1. Determine if you are eligible by reviewing the terms and conditions.
  2. Hire a certified energy adviser to perform a pre-retrofit home energy assessment before December 31, 2012. House Smart Home Improvements 604-585-2020

  3. A certified professional from House Smart Home Improvements will help you fill out the energy assessment rebate application form in the comfort of your own home, and provide you with a Free-In home Energy-Efficiency Assessment of your home.
  4. Mail in your completed application within 60 days of your assessment, with an original or copy of your assessment receipt to:
  5. FortisBC PowerSense Program
    Suite 100, 1975 Springfield Rd.
    Kelowna BC, V1Y 7V7
  6. Upon approval of your application, receive a $150 credit on your electric bill within 90 days.


Call us at 604-585-2020 or Email us today at info@housesmarthomeimprovements.com.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Top 25 Grants and Rebates for Property Buyers and Owners

Did You Know All These Rebates are Available from the Government for Home Owners?
(Too much to read? Stay tuned, we will bring you each of these rebates info in more detail one by one as the days pass .... there's lots of gold here though, so worth a read! )



1) Home Buyers’ Plan

Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment.
Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the
program a second time.

 Canada Revenue Agency
Enter ‘Home Buyers’Plan’ in the search box. 1.800.959.8287


2) GST Rebate on New Homes

New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST)
if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST
to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing

between $350,000 and $450,000.

Canada Revenue Agency
Enter ‘RC4028’ in the search box.1.800.959.8287

3) BC New Housing Rebate (HST)

Buyers of new or substantially renovated homes priced up to $525,000 are eligible
for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion (7%) of the 12% HST paid to a maximum rebate of $26,250. Homes priced at $525,000+ are eligible for a rebate of $26,250.

www.hstinbc.ca/making_your_ choice/faqs/new_housing_rebate 1.800.959.8287

4) BC New Rental Housing Rebate (HST)

Landlords buying new or substantially renovated homes are Valley regional districts;
an additional grant of $770 to rural homeowners else-where in the province; and an
additional grant of $275 to seniors aged 65+, those who are permanently disabled and war veterans of certain wars.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue
www.rev.gov.bc.ca/hogor contact your municipal tax office.

5) BC Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First Time Home Buyer's Program

Qualifying First-time buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT of
1% on the First $200,000 and 2% on the remainder of the purchase price of a
home priced up to$425,000. There is a proportional exemption for homes priced up to


BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue

www.sbr.gov. bc.ca/business/Property_Taxes/Property_Transfer_Tax/ptt.htm

6) First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC) 

This federal non-refundable income tax credit is for qualifying buyers of detached, 
attached, apartment condominiums, mobile homes or shares in a cooperative housing corporation. The calculation: multiply the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15% in 2011) x $5,000. For the 2011 tax year, the maximum credit is $750. 

Canada Revenue Agency

7) BC Home Owner Grant

Reduces property taxes for home owners with an assessed value of up to
$1,285,000. The basic grant gives home owners a maximum reduction of $570
in property taxes on principal residences in the Capital, Greater Vancouver and Fraser

8) BC Property Tax Deferment Programs 

-Property Tax Deferment Pro-gram for Seniors.
Qualifying home owners aged 55+ may be eligible to defer property taxes.
Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program.
Qualifying low-income home owners may be eligible to defer property
-Property Tax Deferment Program for Families with Children.
Qualifying low income home owners who financially support children under age 18 may be eligible to defer property taxes. 

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue


9) Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program  (RRAP) Grants.

This federal program provides financial aid to qualifying low-income home 
owners to repair substandard housing. Eligible repairs include heating, structural, 
electrical, plumbing and fire safety. Grants are available for seniors, persons
with disabilities, owners of rental properties and owners creating secondary and 
garden suites.

www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/ prfinas/prfinas_001.cfm
1.800.668.2642 | 604.873.7408 

10) CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund 

Provides home buyers with CMHC mortgage insurance, a 10% premium refund 
and possible extended amortization without surcharge when buyers purchase an
energy efficient mortgage or make energy saving renovations.


11) Energy Saving Mortgages 

Financial institutions offer a range of mortgages to home buyers and
owners who make their homes more energy efficient. 
For example, home owners who have a home energy audit within 90 days 
of receiving an RBC Energy Saver™ Mortgage, may qualify
for a rebate of $300 to their RBC account. 


12) Low Interest Renovation Loans

Financial institutions offer ‘green’ loans for home owners making energy efficient upgrades. Vancity’s Bright Ideas personal loan offers home owners up to $20,000 at prime + 1% for up to 10 years for ‘green’ renovations. RBC’s Energy Saver loan
offers 1% off the interest rate for a fixed rate installment loan over
$5,000 or a $100 renovation on a home energy audit on a fixed rate
installment loan over $5,000. 

For information visit your Financial institution. 
www.vancity.com/Loans/BrightIdeas and
www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/ personalloans/energy-saver-loan.html

13) Live Smart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program 

Home owners improving the energy efficiency of their homes
may qualify for cash incentives through this provincial program
provided in partnership with Fortis BC, BC Hydro, and Fortis BC.
Rebates are for energy efficient products which replace gas and oil
furnaces, pumps, water heaters, wood stoves, insulation, windows, doors, 
skylights and more.
The Live Smart BC program also covers $150 of the cost of a home
energy assessment, directly to the service provider. 

14) BC Residential Energy Credit

Home owners and residential landlords buying heating fuel receive a BC government
point-of-sale rebate on utility bills equal to the provincial component of  the HST. 

www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/business/consumer_taxes/residential_ energy/residential_energy.htm

15) BC Hydro Appliance Rebates

Mail-in rebates for purchasers of ENERGY STAR clothes washers, refrigerators,
dishwashers, or freezers. 


16) BC Hydro Fridge Buy-Back Program

This ongoing program rebates BC Hydro customers $30 to turn in spare fridges in working condition.

www.bchydro.com/rebates_ savings/fridge_buy_back.html

17) BC Hydro Windows Rebate Program

Pay no HST when you buy ENERGY STAR high-performance windows and doors. 

www.bchydro.com/rebates_ savings/windows_offers/current_offers.htm
604-585-2020 for a free in-home estimate. 

18) BC Hydro Mail-in Rebates / Savings Coupons 

To save energy, BC Hydro offers rebates including 10% off an ENERGY STAR cordless phone. Check for new offers and for deadlines.


19) Fortis BC Rebate Program 

 A range of rebates for home owners include a $50 rebate for upgrading a hot water tank, $300 rebate on an EnerChoice fireplace and a $1,000
rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an ENERGY STAR
heating system. 


20) Fortis BC Efficient Boiler Program

For commercial buildings, provides a cash rebate of up to 75% of the purchase price
of an energy efficient boiler, for new construction or retrofits. 


21) City of Vancouver Rain Barrel Subsidy Program

The City of Vancouver provides a subsidy of 50% of the cost of a
rain barrel for Vancouver residents. With the subsidy, the rain
barrel costs $75. Buy your rain barrel at the Transfer Station at:

377 W. North Kent Ave., 
Vancouver, BC. 
Limit of two per resident.
Bring proof of residency.
http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/watersewers/water/conservation/ programs/rainbarrel.htm604.736.2250
Other municipalities have similar offers. 

22) City of Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Pilot Home Energy Loan Program

The City of Vancouver in cooperation with Vancity, Fortis BC, BC Hydro and Natural Resources Canada offers access to loans for energy retrofits including heating systems, insulation and air sealing. The Home Energy Loan from Vancity is a 12 month pilot
program that will end October 21,2012. For more information attend a workshop (see third link below).The goal is 500 homes and loans are offered at 4.5% fixed rate over
10 years. The program also helps with accessing grants from the federal ecoENERGY program, the provincial LiveSmart BC program and Fortis BC.

Email: energyloan@vancouver.ca 604.374.0507. 

23) Vancity Green Building Grant

In partnership with the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancity provides grants up to
$50,000 each to qualifying charities, not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives for projects which focus on building renovations/retrofits, regulatory changes that advance green building development, and education to increase the use of practical green building strategies. The deadline for applications was January 23, 2012.
If you are still interested in this grant open the link, and consider
contacting Vancity to express your interest. 


24) Local Government Water Conservation Incentives

Your municipality may provide grants and incentives to residents to help save water. For example,the City of Coquitlam offers residents a $100 rebate and the City of
North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver offer a $50 rebate when residents install a low-flush toilet.
Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘toilet rebate’ to see if there is a program.

25) Local Government Water Meter Programs

Your municipality may provide a program for voluntary water metering, so that you pay only for the amount of water that you use. Delta, Richmond and Surrey have programs and other municipalities may soon follow. Visit your municipality’s website and enter ‘water meter’ to find out if there is a program.

For a full document of these rebates please visit: 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

ACT NOW FOR NEW GOVERNMENT REBATE: Energy Star Tankless Water Heater Program

Replace Your Aging Water Heater with a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR Tankless model and you could save on energy costs, plus you’ll be eligible for a rebate of up to $500. For more quick info, Call House Smart Home Improvements now at 604-585-2020.


Heating water typically takes between 20 per cent and 35 per cent of your home’s total energy use. So it makes sense to install the most efficient model you can afford. Natural gas water heater efficiency is usually measured by an energy factor (EF) rating. The higher the EF rating, the more efficient the water heater. To qualify as ENERGY STAR, gas-fired tankless water heaters must achieve a minimum 0.82 EF rating.

Go tankless to boost efficiency

ENERGY STAR tankless models have an EF between 0.82 and 0.99, making them much more efficient than standard natural gas storage tanks typically found in homes today. They also take up much less space, freeing up valuable square footage.
House Smart Home Improvements professionally installs all Energy Star products. Call 604-585-2020
Tankless models don’t store hot water, so they may not be able to meet many simultaneous demands like a storage tank can. Before deciding if you want to go tankless, consider the ways you use hot water at home, including appliances, faucets and the number of people using hot water at any given time.

Tankless not for you?

Consider a hybrid or condensing storage tank. Hybrids offer the best features of a tankless model with the added convenience of a small storage tank. Condensing storage tanks provide all the benefits of a traditional gas-fired storage tank, but at a much higher efficiency. You won't find an energy factor if you choose one of these technologies, but you will find a thermal efficiency (TE) rating. Rebate qualifying condensing storage tanks and hybrid water heaters will not have an ENERGY STAR® label at this time (both technologies are currently under review to be eligible for the ENERGY STAR label). 

Available rebates

Water heater type​​Efficiency rating*​Rebate
Non-condensing tankless​0.82 - 0.89 EF​$400​
Condensing tankless​0.90 - 0.99 EF​$500​
Condensing hybrid ​90 - 99% TE ​$500​
Condensing storage tank​90 - 99% TE ​$1,000​
*Ef - energy factor; TE = thermal efficiency

Still not sure?

Deciding which technology is right for you can be tough. It’s a balance between how much you want to spend and how much you hope to save over time. You’ll likely pay more for a water heater with a higher EF or TE rating, but your utility costs should be lower.

How to apply

  1. Review the terms and conditions for Tankless & hybrid or Condensing storage tank.
  2. Have a qualifying water heater installed by House Smart Home Improvements registered with the BC Safety Authority (BCSA). House Smart's professional team can help you with the easy process to receive your rebate.
  3. Rebates take a minimum of 90 days to process and are mailed to you directly.


  • Water heaters must be purchased between July 6, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2013.
  • Applications must be submitted within 60 days of purchase.


Call House Smart Home Improvements at 604-585-2020 Today.