Yukon Government Offers Rebate on Home Heating Upgrades

    Good Energy rebates are now available for heat pumps, which are an efficient renewable heating system for homes. Homeowners can receive rebates covering 40 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum of $8,000 for a new air or ground source heat pump.

    The Yukon Government is offering a rebate on home heating upgrades. Good Energy rebates are now available for heat pumps, which are an efficient renewable heating system for homes.

    Heat pumps extract heat from the outside air or ground and push it into a building. This process allows a heat pump to significantly reduce energy use for heating. Cold climate heat pumps are able to extract heat from even very cold air and are proven to be more efficient than traditional heating systems down to -25°C.

    Homeowners can receive rebates covering 40 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum of $8,000 for a new air or ground source heat pump.

    In addition to the expanded rebate, the Government of Yukon is seeking participants for a heat pump pilot project. In partnership with Yukon’s electrical utilities, the project will support the installation of 25 heat pumps for both commercial and residential buildings that already have certain heating systems installed. The pilot project seeks to understand how this technology and existing heating systems interact to optimize performance for homes and electrical grid. The Government of Yukon will cover installation costs of up to 40 per cent up to a maximum of $10,000.

    The expanded rebate program and new pilot project are commitments under Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.

    Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai said in a statement, “Heating is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Yukon. As part of our government’s actions to address climate change, guided by the Our Clean Future strategy, we are excited to provide additional incentives to encourage Yukoners to adopt a highly efficient and cost effective heating technology. Heat pump technology will not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but also save homeowners and businesses money.”

    Heat pumps are powered by electricity and use significantly less energy to heat the same space as electric baseboard heaters and are a proven technology that works in Yukon’s cold climate.

    Heat pumps are often paired with electric or conventional back-up heating systems that provide supplemental heating on the coldest days. Home or business owners who wish to participate in the pilot project can contact the Energy Branch to find out if their home or business is the right fit for the project.

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