Energy Retrofit Program

City of Nelson

All RDCK and City of Nelson residents are eligible to register for the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (formerly EcoSave*) to access energy upgrade support to lower their energy bill. Once you register, we’ll help you:

  • Schedule a home visit with an Energy Advisor
  • Find local contractors
  • Access rebates (Nelson Hydro customers qualify for FortisBC rebates)
  • Receive low-interest financing Opens in new window

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Income Qualified Program

Did you know low- and middle-income households (both renters and homeowners) may qualify for:

  • Free "Energy Evaluation"
  • Free installation of energy-efficient products

And in some cases:

  • Free energy-efficient refrigerator
  • Natural Gas furnace
  • Insulation

Building a New Home?

We can help by providing information on:

  • BC Energy Step Code
  • Available Incentives
  • Heating Systems
  • Reducing embodied carbon emissions by choosing low-carbon building materials (learn more about embodied carbon here).

The City of Nelson has many climate programs – and your participation matters! Click here to learn more. 

Local Hydro-Electricity Generation

Nelson Hydro generates its own local electricity but can only produce enough to serve about 50% of its customers, so the remainder is purchased through FortisBC. This means that Nelson Hydro customers can access rebates through FortisBC. To visit their website for rebate information, energy-saving tips, and how-to videos - click here. For Nelson Hydro General Information - click here.


When it was launched in 2012, the City of Nelson’s EcoSave program was the first energy efficiency program of its kind to be developed in Canada. In 2019, it was expanded to include the Regional District, creating the Regional Energy Efficiency Program. Over the past decade it has helped over 1,500 homeowners achieve their energy-efficiency goals.

Want to learn more? Contact us at with any questions or suggestions you might have. We’d love to hear from you!