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Oil to Electric Rebate Program

With the Oil to Electric Rebate Program, qualified homeowners can receive a rebate of up to $5,000 to help transition their homes from oil to electricity-based heat. If you are considering switching to a heat pump, eligible applicants can receive up to an additional $5,000 with current federal incentives through the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the majority of our electricity comes from clean, renewable sources. By making the switch to an electric heat source, homeowners can take advantage of these savings while also supporting a greener future for our province.


About the Program

The Oil to Electric Rebate Program is an initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and is being administered by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Rebates are available on a first come, first serve basis to approved applicants. Funding is limited, so be sure to get your application in quickly so you can get a jump on savings!

Rebates will be issued to qualified homeowners in Newfoundland and Labrador for a new eligible electric heat source that is installed between April 1, 2022 and March 15, 2023. Projects must be completed, and paid for by the applicant. Rebates will be issued upon receipt of final paid invoices. All documents must be submitted by March 15, 2023. The rebate amount available is up to $5,000. Approved applicants will receive the full $5,000 if paid receipts for pre-approved eligible expenses are submitted for $5,000 or more (tax included).

Looking to get approved before you install? You may qualify for pre-approval to have a rebate held in your name. You would then have 90 days from the approval date to install the eligible product, remove the existing oil tank, and provide proof of purchase and installation of the electric heat source. The deadline for pre-approval applications is December 15, 2022.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the rebate:

  • You must be the homeowner and your home must have an active electricity account. Rental home owners can qualify.
  • Your home must be on a permanent foundation and intended as a primary residence in NL.*
  • More than one incentive will not be provided for the same address. Only one Oil to Electric rebate will be issued for one eligible product per dwelling, between May 31, 2021, and March 15, 2023.
  • Your home must have used at least 1,000 litres of oil in the latest 12 month period prior to your application. A copy of the last two years of your oil consumption, shown on a statement or receipt from your oil company (on company letterhead) must be included with your application..
  • The installation of your new electric heat source must be completed between April 1, 2022 and March 15, 2023.
  • Applications will be accepted between April 1, 2022 and March 15, 2023.
  • The electrical contractor must provide a copy of the electrical permit.
  • The existing oil tank must be removed from the premises to qualify for the rebate. Residents with oil tanks that are no longer in use are responsible for having oil tanks properly cut and cleaned and then disposed of appropriately.
  • Before and after pictures will be required, clearly showing tank removal.
  • All installers/electricians must show they are a registered business with an HST registration number or proof they are registered with WorkplaceNL. A quote/final invoice from the registered business must be provided. If this is not able to be provided, your application will be denied.
  • All related costs must be paid upfront by the applicant. Upon receipt of these final paid documents, your rebate cheque will be processed.

How to properly remove your oil tank

You must have your oil tank removed and properly disposed of to be eligible for this rebate.

IMPORTANT! Before your tank is disposed of, please note the HOST tag number off of your tank – you will need to include this information on your application. The HOST tag number can be found on the small brass tag attached to the tank’s vent pipe.

Proper disposal of your tank can be completed by either a company or by an individual as long as proper government guidelines have been followed. An invoice or written certificate must be provided showing proof of the transaction (an invoice from the removal company or something in writing from the recycler or purchaser of your oil tank). Remember that you must include before and after pictures clearly showing the removal of the oil tank from your premises.

Oil Tank Removal Process
Please follow the provincial guidelines below when removing your tank:

  • Empty the system of all liquid;
  • Where the system is:
    • UNDERGROUND: the tank top shall be accessed and opened, any sludge and heating oil remaining in the tank shall be removed and the system shall then be dismantled, removed from the ground and disposed of.
    • ABOVE GROUND: the tank shall be opened, any sludge and heating oil remaining in the tank shall be removed and the system shall then be dismantled and disposed of
  • Where underground piping is involved, the piping shall be removed from the ground, or emptied of heating oil and the ends shall be permanently sealed by capping; and,
  • Clean the affected area and restore the environment.

Sale of Used Oil Tank
Prior to selling, or giving, a heating oil tank to an individual, the current owner should ensure that the tank is permitted to be installed/used. The Department of Environment and Climate Change may be emailed at PetroleumStorage@gov.nl.ca to help with that determination. Please include a photo of the tank’s ULC label in that email.

Tank Disposal
For proper removal and disposal we recommend you can contact the company that originally installed your tank or a certified hazardous waste management company. Tanks can be disposed of at metal recyclers or waste management sites. Please note that disposal sites may have their own requirements regarding tank\oil disposal.

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*This rebate is being offered as part of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Climate Change Action Plan. Eligible dwellings must be connected to the island interconnected grid or Labrador interconnected electricity grid, and the dwelling must be existing and used year-round.


Eligible Products, Costs & Installer Requirements

The following products qualify for this rebate:

  • A mini-split heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 10 or higher (installing a secondary/back up heat source, such as electric baseboard, is recommended if you choose a mini or multi split heat pump.)
  • A multi-split heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 9 or higher (installing a secondary/back up heat source, such as electric baseboard, is recommended if you choose a mini or multi split heat pump.)
  • A centrally-ducted heat pump that has a Zone 4 HSPF of 8.5 or higher
  • Electric baseboard heaters
  • An electric furnace
  • Electric boiler (where space heating is its primary load)

IMPORTANT! Installing a heat pump without a backup source of heat may void your home insurance. Please consult your insurance company before you install your new electric heat source to ensure it meets any requirements they may have. Here’s why:

A ductless split heat pump is meant to be used in areas of the home where there is already an existing heat source, such as baseboard heaters or an oil furnace. Since you are removing your current oil system, you will need a backup source in the event your unit is down or if it is really cold outside. When outside temperatures become too cold for the heat pump to be able to extract heat efficiently, a backup heating source is required. Mini and multi-split heat pumps can only heat a portion of your home, in the area where the indoor head of the unit is installed.

Eligible Costs (up to $5,000 tax included):

Approved applicants will receive the full $5,000 if paid receipts for pre-approved eligible expenses are submitted for $5,000 or more (tax included).

  • Purchase costs of eligible products
  • Installation costs of eligible products
  • Electrical panel and service upgrades to support the use of eligible products
  • Removal costs for the existing oil tank from the property

Installer Requirements:

  • Registered Electrical Contractor (Electrician) working under permit. A copy of the permit and the application and the final certificate of inspection must be submitted with the final paid invoice.
  • If you are installing a mini, multi, or centrally-ducted heat pump, it must be installed by a Journeyperson Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (a list of providers is available here). All installers must show they are a registered business with an HST registration number or proof they are registered with WorkplaceNL. A quote/final invoice from the registered business must be provided that includes unit details, model number, and HSPF rating.

How to Apply

Complete and sign the rebate application form.

All applicants must submit a completed and signed application form. The application can be completed online or downloaded and submitted by email or mail:

Apply Online

Download the Application Form

Email completed applications to: OiltoElectric@nlh.nl.ca

Mail completed applications to:

Oil to Electric Rebate Program
Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro
P.O. Box 12400
St. John’s, NL A1B 4K7

 

Complete your application package.

Remember to submit all required documents (noted below) with your application to avoid delays in processing!

When your work has been completed, please ensure that you contact your utility to let them know you have switched from oil to electric to heat your home. Reach out online or call the appropriate customer service center at: Newfoundland Power 1-800-663-2802 or Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro at 1.888.737.1296.

 

HOMEOWNERS APPLYING FOR PRE-APPROVAL:

Your application package must include the following information for pre-approval. If you do not have all required documents, your request will not be processed. Please wait until you have them to apply.

  • A completed and signed rebate application.
  • Official detailed quote, including HST, for the product you will be installing. For heat pumps, the quote must be from a certified installer that states the unit details, model number, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating.
  • Official detailed quote, including HST, if you are choosing a certified professional for the removal of the oil tank from your premises. If the tank is being sold privately, a written bill of sale must be provided. See note above regarding a private sale of a used oil tank.
  • A copy of the last two years of your oil consumption shown on a statement or receipt from your oil company (on company letterhead). You must show a minimum of 1,000 litres of oil consumption in the latest 12 month period prior to your application.
  • If all conditions are met, a pre-approval will be issued that will hold the rebate in your name. Participants will have 90 days from the pre-approval date to install the eligible product, remove the existing oil tank, and provide the required final documentation listed below.

The deadline for pre-approval applications is December 15, 2022. After this date, applicants must complete their install and then submit all required documents together. Please ensure all eligibility requirements are met before starting your installation.

 

HOMEOWNERS WITH ELIGIBLE PRODUCTS INSTALLED ON OR AFTER APRIL 1, 2022:

Your application package must include:

  • A completed and signed rebate application.
  • A copy of the electrical Certificate of Inspection for the completed electrical projects done during the install of your electric heat source. This certificate shows us that all proper permits were pulled for the job.
  • A paid invoice from the certified professional, a certificate from the re-cycler or a written bill of sale if it is a private sale, showing proper removal of the oil tank.
  • Before and after pictures clearly showing the removal of the oil tank from your premises.
  • A copy of the last two years of your oil consumption shown on a statement or receipt from your oil company (on company letterhead) if not already provided. You must show a minimum of 1,000 litres of oil consumption in the latest 12 month period prior to your application.
  • Official paid invoice: Homeowners with an eligible product installed on or after April 1, 2022 must provide a copy of the official detailed paid invoice for the product. For heat pumps, the invoice must state unit details, model number, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating.
  • All related costs must be paid upfront by the applicant. Upon receipt of these final paid documents, your rebate cheque will be processed.
  • When your work has been completed, please ensure that you contact your utility to let them know you have switched from oil to electric to heat your home. Reach out online or call the appropriate customer service center at: Newfoundland Power 1-800-663-2802 or Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro at 1.888.737.1296.

Deadline to apply is March 15, 2023.


How Will Rebates Be Issued?

Rebate cheques will be issued to approved participants within 8 weeks from receipt of your approval notification. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will issue a cheque to the name and address listed on the application. Applications that do not include all required information will result in a processing delay and possible denial of your application.


Demand Response Enrollment

Participants of this program will be automatically enrolled in future residential demand response programs facilitated by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro), with an opt-out provision available to customers that do not wish to be enrolled. Participants of the demand response program will be provided networkable thermostats, often referred to as “smart” thermostats. Hydro will contact the customer prior to the start of any new programs they are to be enrolled in, to confirm participation and provide further details.

What are demand response programs?

Demand response programs use smart thermostats to offer customers the ability to automatically shift a portion of their electricity use to another time of day in exchange for either monthly or seasonal credits on their electricity bills. Even for customers that are enrolled in demand response programs, the programs are often designed to allow a participating customer to opt out of participating in an individual demand response event if it conflicts with their needs at the time of the event.

How are smart thermostats used for demand response programs?

Participants of demand response programs are provided with networkable thermostats, often referred to as “smart” thermostats. The networkable aspect of a smart thermostat is based on the fact that they can connect to a home’s Wi-Fi, or a dedicated wireless hub. Smart thermostats have several additional features and abilities above and beyond a standard digital programmable thermostat. In addition to allowing a homeowner to program heating set points based on their typical weekly schedule, it also allows the homeowner to remotely access the thermostat from anywhere in their home, or even when they are away from the home.


Questions?

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Oil to Electric Rebate, click here.

You can also email us at OiltoElectric@nlh.nl.ca or call a Customer Service Representative at 1-888-737-1296 during regular business hours.


Privacy Notice: Personal information submitted to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro regarding the Oil to Electric Rebate Program will only be used for the administration of the Program. Precautions will be taken by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to safeguard against the disclosure of your personal information.

To be eligible for this rebate, all application information must be completed, and a copy of the final bill of sale for the electric product must be submitted. You and your electric product must meet all eligibility requirements. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please allow up to 8 weeks for rebate cheque. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador make no representations or warranties and are in no way responsible for loss, injury, or damage which may result from goods or services furnished or rendered in connection with this Program. Change in energy consumption may vary from year to year due to factors such as climatic conditions and use of auxiliary heat sources (e.g., wood burning fireplace), and, as a result, any savings under this Program cannot be guaranteed either by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador or Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may visit your home to confirm installation at any time within 15 months from when the rebate was processed. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may ask that the incentive be repaid in the event of a false declaration.