When you upgrade to energy efficient appliances or make other energy efficient home improvements you can get cash back from your utility company. Combine the energy savings and the cash rebates and it can add up to some substantial dollars. I recently bought a dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater and got rebates for all three of them.
In general, the utility that provides the fuel source for the appliance is the one that will provide the rebate. The rebate may not be from the utility you think either. For example, a hot water heater and dishwasher rebate is available from your gas utility if your hot water heater is fueled by natural gas, but a washing machine rebate comes from the supplier of the fuel for your dryer. In some cases a mix of fuel powers the appliance and a rebate can be applied for from your your natural gas and your electric utilities.
You’ll want to check the utility websites for details about each rebate before you make your purchase because there are specific minimum energy efficiency requirements for each rebate. Also, their rebate periods generally start over each January and they the requirements and sometimes add new ones each year. You should take a look even if you’re not planning to make a big purchase. Some rebates are for inexpensive purchases that you may be making anyway, like compact fluorescent light bulbs or clock-programmable thermostats. You may even be able to get a rebate for part of the fee you pay to have your furnace inspected each year.
All of our corridor-area utilities have rebate programs.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the appliances and improvements that rebates are available just to give you an idea of the variety. Not all rebates are available from all the utilities so be sure to check with your utility for details before you buy.
APPLIANCES – Clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers and room air conditioners. Appliances generally need to be Energy Star Rated.
DOORS & WINDOWS – Windows usually need to be double-paned and doors require specific U-Factor ratings. For replacement doors and windows only. New windows and doors for new home construction may qualify under the new construction category.
HEATING, COOLING & WATER HEATING – Natural gas boilers, natural gas furnaces, efficient fan motors, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, geothermal (water-to-air), geothermal (water-to-water), water heaters, annual heating system maintenance, clock-programmable thermostats.
INSULATION AND HOME SEALING – Attic insulation, foundation insulation, in-wall insulation, home sealing. This may be available from the utility that provides your primary heating fuel source. Your utility may provide it only for homes built before a certain date.
LIGHTING –Compact fluorescent light bulbs, indoor light fixtures, LED lighting bulbs and LED lighting fixtures.
RENEWABLES – Wind, Solar photovoltaic (PV), Solar thermal water heating. The renewable system must off-set your on-site electric usage.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION – Your builder can provide you with an explanation of the specifications and help you choose qualifying products.
APPLIANCE RECYLCING – You can get paid to get rid of working refrigerators, freezers or room air conditioners. The idea is that you save energy by recycling old appliances rather than plugging them in in the basement or garage.
What rebates have you taken advantage of?