Squamish Homeowners to get Energy Upgrades

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The service supports homeowners with the installation of an electric heating system.

Have you ever thought about converting your house to electric heating?

In that case, a new free service called Retrofit Assist is available to guide Squamish residents step-by-step through the process of installing an electric heating system such as a heat pump. This initiative is a three-way partnership with the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and the Community Energy Association.

“The District of Squamish is proud to … help and support homeowners through the Retrofit Assist program. Most people want to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint, but it can be a challenging process. We want to make it as easy as possible for homeowners to transition to low-emission energy systems,” Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott said in a press release.

“We have made a strong commitment to bold climate action by 2030, and retrofitting homes is a big part of our community climate action plan. We hope this pilot program will find a permanent place in our community and expand over time to include other actions to reduce individual carbon footprints.”

The innovative program is the first of its kind in British Columbia. In this way, municipalities can meaningfully support residents in making their homes healthier, more energy efficient and more environmentally friendly.

The first phase of the program will focus on heating and cooling residential buildings, as this is one of the most effective ways to combat pollution from buildings. In addition to meeting local climate targets, heat pumps offer homeowners other benefits such as: B. the function as an air conditioner in the hot summer months. They are the most energy efficient heating and cooling system available and feature filtration to ensure healthy indoor air.

Homeowners and HVAC contractors are encouraged to visit retroassist.ca to learn how the program can support them and to see if they are eligible to participate.

Whistler and Squamish are launching this program as part of their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and eliminating inefficient, carbon-intensive heating in communities.

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