Upcoming Changes to Rebate Programs

Starting April 1, we’ll be making some tweaks to our rebate programs for energy-efficient products and renewable energy systems. Here are the highlights of the changes.

Energy-efficient products

Note: If you’ve recently bought a product that will no longer be eligible for a rebate or that will have a lower rebate amount , make sure we receive your rebate application by March 31 so we can still give you a rebate under our current program guidelines. Any applications received after March 31 will fall under the new guidelines.

Products no longer eligible

  • Dishwashers
  • LED integrated lighting fixtures (LED bulbs and tubes still eligible)

Changes in rebate amounts

  • Combination boilers and water heaters – $1,000
  • ECM pumps – up to $250
  • ENERGY STAR certified freezers – up to $100 in hydro communities or up to $200 in non-hydro communities
  • ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators – $100 in hydro communities or $200 in non-hydro communities
  • ENERGY STAR certified ventless dryers – $500 for all models
  • Programmable thermostats – up to $150

Changes in specifications

  • Gas/propane furnaces – efficiency of 96% AFUE or higher, with an ECM blower
  • Gas/propane-fired tankless (on-demand) water heaters – efficiency of .95 EF or higher, or .93 UEF or higher (ENERGY STAR certification still required)
  • Oil-fired tankless (on-demand) water heaters – efficiency of .70 EF or higher, no ENERGY STAR certification required

Pre-approval

  • Home insulation – pre-approval encouraged but no longer required

Renewable energy

  • Rebates for solar electric systems will be calculated at $3.50/watt up to maximum of 50% of the project cost, or $20,000 for residents or $50,000 for organizations.
  • We’ve clarified that and temporary solar electric systems are not eligible for rebates.
  • If you’re on the waiting list for a rebate, you will remain at the top of the waiting list until you get your rebate, but you will be subject to the new guidelines. We’ll process the waiting list rebates first, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your application.

Stay tuned for more details.