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January 2021

Hi <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of HPSC Monthly. This month, we bring you these top stories and more:


 
Advancing Home Performance Opportunities in BC.
 

FEATURED NEWS


BC Government Announces Employer Training Grants

The BC Employer Training Grant program (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA).

How it works:
  • The ETG is a cost-shared program. Reimbursement amounts vary between 60% and 100% depending on the training stream.
  • Training must result in a better job at the applicant’s company once training is completed.
  • Employers must submit their application on their own behalf, using their Business BCeID. Third parties cannot apply on an employer’s behalf.
  • If approved, employers are to pay for all costs in full and, after training has started, submit a reimbursement claim.
  • Participants are not to pay for training or any training-related expenses. Receipts must verify this information.
  • Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
Learn more about the program on the WorkBC website
 

PROGRAM UPDATES


New FREE Resource: 6 Steps to Selling Energy Retrofits

This brief guide, 6 Steps to Selling Residential Home Energy Retrofits, provides helpful strategies and practical ideas for selling your energy retrofit products and services. Learn the full value of home energy improvements and how to connect these to life-improving benefits for homeowners to increase leads and improve customer satisfaction.

Read the guide and then share your own tips for selling energy retrofits in the document's comment section.  

Eager to learn more about this topic? Check out this past webinar from the HPSC for a deeper dive into selling energy retrofits. 
Get Recognized for your Quality Insulation and Heat Pump Work

Show customers that you stand behind the quality of your work - become a Program Registered Contractor (PRC) with the Home Renovation Rebate Program.

Coordinated by BC Hydro and Fortis BC, the Program offers established insulation and heat pump installers the opportunity to become a PRC and take advantage of multiple benefits such as:
  • Having your company listed in a public directory where homeowners look to find contractors
  • Use of the program logo to denote your company as a quality contractor
  • Access to market-leading training, and more
Learn more about the steps to becoming a PRC and submit an application in less than 10 minutes at registeredbccontractor.ca

Stay up-to-date on the Home Renovation Rebate Program and CleanBC Better Homes rebates

Always be sure to frequently check the following webpages to stay current on the latest program requirements. Your customers will appreciate your knowledge.

BC Hydro rebates: www.bchydro.com/homerebates

FortisBC rebates: www.fortisbc.com/homerebates

CleanBC Better Homes rebates: www.betterhomesbc.ca

TRAINING & EVENTS


How to Sell Heat Pumps to Contractors and Homeowners
Webinar | January 14, 10:00-11:00AM PST | Free

The kitchen table transaction is the key to residential electrification: if homeowners aren't willing to write cheques to buy heat pumps and contractors aren't comfortable selling them, nothing happens. Nate Adams has spent a decade pulling apart this Gordian knot. Join the Building Decarbonization Coalition as Nate discusses his lessons learned and the counterintuitive ways to solve this wicked problem. 

Join the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Residential Network for these upcoming energy efficiency webinars.

A Look Ahead at the Coming Year in Energy Efficiency
Webinar | January 14,10:00-11:30AM PST | Free

Join some of the industry's top strategic thinkers as they look ahead to 2021. From trends to technologies and everything in between, you're sure to take something away from this once-a-year broadcast. 

Diversity and Inclusion in Residential Energy Efficiency: What's Being Done & How Is It Working?
Webinar | January 28, 10:00-11:30AM PST | Free

What does diversity and inclusion mean for the residential energy efficiency industry? The webinar will explore the past, present, and future on this.

This list of training and events is compiled for your information. The HPSC is not affiliated with any of the organizations providing training or hosting events.

Know of other professional development opportunities? Let us know.
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