Home Greening Resources

Here are some basic resources to get you started greening your home and property.

• City of Vancouver , Green Vancouver - www.vancouver.ca/green-vancouver.aspx

• City of Vancouver , Green building and renovating - http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/green-building-and-renovating.aspx

• 50 Ways to Green your Home and Save $$$ in Greater Vancouver – by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver 
Great tips for home owners or those hoping to soon be home owners.


Greening Grants, Rebates and Incentives
• Live Smart BC – www.livesmartbc.ca
LiveSmart BC supports your climate action efforts at home by providing information, resources, programs and government funding.

• BC Hydro – www.bchydro.com/rebates-savings.html
Rebate on the purchase of qualifying Energy Star appliance, glass, lighting, etc. Plus buy back programs for old refrigerators, and other appliances.

• Fortis BC – www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Homes/Offers/Pages/default.aspx
Rebate on Energy Star appliances and switching to Natural Gas.

• CMHC Green Home Mortgage Loan Insurance Program – www.cmhc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm#reno
If you use CMHC insured financing to buy an energy-efficient home, purchase a house and make energy-saving renovations or renovate your existing home to make it more energy-efficient, a 10% refund on the Mortgage Loan Insurance premium, and a premium refund for a longer amortization period may be available.


Green Mortgages and Financial Vehicles
• RBC Energy Saver Mortgage – www.rbcroyalbank.com/mortgages/energy-saver-mortgage.html
The RBC Energy Saver Mortgage is a unique financing solution that offers a $300 rebateon a home energy audit to help you make improvements to your home’s energy efficiency.

• BMO Eco Smart Mortgage – www.bmo.com/home/personal/banking/mortgages-loans/mortgage/special-offers/green-mortgage
A 5-year fixed closed mortgage that rewards customers for making smart choices for their home and the environment. If you’ve bought, plan to buy or already own a home with energy efficient features, you can qualify for a BMO Eco Smart Mortgage.

• Vancity Bright Ideas Loan – www.vancity.com/Loans/TypesOfLoans/BrightIdeas/
Make energy-saving renovations to your home by leveraging the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program. This personal loan is at a prime+1% rate for up to ten years.


Miscellaneous
• Richmond Water Meter Program – www.watermeter.ca
Encourages voluntary installation of water meters to promote water conservation. The program pays for meter installation.

• Surrey Water Meter Program – www.surrey.ca/city-services/3584.aspx
Encourages voluntary installation of water meters to promote water conservation. The program pays for meter installation.

• Sunshine Coast Water Conservation Program - www.scrd.ca/Water-Conservation
The goal of the SCRD’s Water Conservation Program is to reduce the rate of drinking water consupmption by promoting water efficient practices and technology.

• City of Vancouver Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) - www.vancouver.ca/home-property-development/home-energy-loan-program-help.aspx
Vancouver homeowners can qualify for up to $7,000 in government rebates, and borrow up to $16,000 through Vancity at a 4.5% fixed interest over ten years to complete select home energy upgrades.

• City of Vancouver Water Saver Kits - http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/indoor-water-saving-kits.aspx
Vancouver residents can purchase water saving kits at a reduced price ($12 each), plus tips to use water more efficiently in the home and garden.


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