Expanded rebates for renewable home heating now available

Good Energy rebates for heat pumps, an efficient renewable heating system for homes, are now available.

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.

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.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • Heat pumps are powered by electricity and use significantly less energy to heat the same space as electric baseboard heaters.

  • Heat pumps are a proven technology that work 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.

  • Monitoring from the pilot project will provide additional information and options for the electrical utilities to more efficiently manage peak demand and help address the growing demand and impacts from electric heating in homes.

Contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
867-332-0480
janine.workman@gov.yk.ca

Brigitte Parker
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
867-667-3183
brigitte.parker@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-260