Over the next several months we will be featuring ways to save money in purchasing a home. We will also be telling you about where money is available for home owners in the form of grants and rebates. These funds are provided by governments and utilities, either provincially or federally, some must be applied in specific time frames so we will begin with those. There are 3 rebate programs that are due to expire on March 31st so if you are considering making use of the funding you might want to look into what is available soon. BC Hydro Appliance Rebates Mail-in rebates of $25 to $50 dollars for the purchase of ENERGY STAR clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers and freezers until March 31, 2011 or until funding runs out. www.bchydro.com BC Hydro Window Rebate Program Pay no HST when you buy ENERGY STAR high performance windows and doors. This offer is good until March 31, 2011. Visit www.bchydro.com or call 604-759-2759 for a free in home estimate. Terasen Gas Rebate Program A range of rebates for home owners include a 50% rebate for upgrading your water heater, a $150 rebate on Ener-Choice fireplaces (both good until March 31, 2011) and a $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas (from oil or propane) and installing an ENERGY STAR heating system (good until February 29, 2012). Visit www.terasengas.com and type “rebates” into the search box or call 1-888-224-2710. Look for more ways to save in the future.