Bartlett Electric Cooperative is proud to offer our current members an Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. This program is designed to help our members make energy upgrades to their homes. Members are eligible for rebates by upgrading existing heat pumps, performing HVAC tune-ups, purchasing a certified ENERGY STAR® home, upgrading ceiling insulation, replacing existing electric hot water heaters, performing upgrades to their existing electric hot water heaters, installing ENERGY STAR® room air conditioners and dishwashers (electric water heating only), and upgrading commercial lighting (T-8 replacement.). BEC will also cover 50% of the fee for a professional home energy audit to help our consumers make their homes more energy efficient. Here is a list of Bartlett Electric Cooperative’s current rebates:
Heat Pump Rebate
The incentive rebates for this program apply to the upgrade of existing HVAC equipment at any electric-only residential home. Members are eligible to receive a $100.00 rebate for a 15 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) High Efficiency Heat Pump that is replacing a 14 seer unit and a $200.00 rebate for a 16 SEER High Efficiency Heat Pump (or higher) that is replacing a 15 seer unit.
A great way to start a summer’s worth of savings is by having your HVAC units serviced. Bartlett Electric Cooperative is pleased to offer our members a $100 rebate to make sure your units are running at full capacity (rebate is for all units in the home, not per unit). The HVAC tune-up must be performed by a qualified service professional. An annual HVAC tune- up includes: checking and correcting the unit’s refrigerant pressure and tubing, checking and adjusting belt tension, cleaning and lubricating the indoor blower unit, replacing filters, cleaning inside the “A” coil, and checking the thermostat, wiring, and other electric parts.
Energy Star Home
An ENERGY STAR® home is 15% more energy efficient than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”). Members who build a Certified Energy Star Rated Home (that closed after June 1, 2009) are eligible to receive a $500.00 rebate.
Heat is constantly gained or lost in your home’s attic and walls. Keeping temperature gain or loss to a minimum is very important. Insulation in your home is necessary in this process because it creates a barrier of resistance. The amount of resistance in insulating material is called its R-factor.
It is estimated that 30 percent of heat is lost through the attic or roof. It is a good idea to check the condition of your attic’s insulation. If the insulation is compressed, water damaged or does not cover the entire space of the attic, consider adding more insulation. Incentive rebates for this program are limited to ceiling insulation upgrades for single family homes and not for mobile homes; further, the upgrades only apply to electric air conditioners with electric resistance heating and cannot be used in situations where a heat pump is installed as a primary heating source.
Members who upgrade from an R8 or less to an R38 or greater insulation in their home ceiling can receive a $275.00 rebate. (The recommended R-values for existing homes in the BEC Service Area are R38 for the ceiling.)
Electric Water Heaters
New high-efficiency storage water heaters contain higher levels of insulation around the tank, reducing standby losses. Replacement of your existing water heater to a high efficiency model of at least .94 qualifies for a $25 rebate.
Additional Miscellaneous Rebates
According to the US Department of Energy, home water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home and by using some energy-efficient water heating suggestions. If a member makes improvements to their water heating system, the rebates are as follows:
- Low Flow Showerhead $10.00 rebate
- Low Flow Faucets Aerator $5.00 rebate
- Water Heater Blanket $15.00 rebate (Be sure to check and see if this is approved by the manufacturer)
- Pipe Wrap $10.00 rebate
Energy Star Room Air Conditioners Effective Jan 1, 2011 Room air conditioner units are typically mounted in a window so that part of the unit is outside and part is inside. An insulated divider to reduce heat transfer losses typically separates the two sides. Window units with an Energy Efficiency Ratio of 10.8 are eligible for the ENERGY STAR® label. Members who install an ENERGY STAR® unit qualify for a $30 rebate.
ENERGY STAR® Dishwasher (Electric Water heating only) Effective Jan 1, 2011
Energy Star labeled dishwashers save energy by using both improved technology for the primary wash cycle, and by using less hot water to clean. A high efficiency dishwasher can save approximately 635 gallons of water a year if used to run an average of 4 loads per week. A $15 rebate is available for installation of an ENERGY STAR® dishwasher in a home with electric water heating.
Commercial Lightning (T-8 Bulb Replacement) Effective Jan 1, 2011
Bartlett Electric Cooperative is now able to offer our commercial members an energy efficiency incentive. A variety of high efficiency fixtures, ballasts and lamps exist in the market today, producing the same amount of lumens, while consuming less electricity. Numerous commercial and industrial buildings already have T8 bulbs and ballasts, but are looking for a low-cost way to save energy. BEC is now offering our commercial accounts a rebate for bulb replacement. Standard T8 bulbs typically sold as 32 watt bulbs can be replaced with 28 watt or 25 watt bulbs to save energy immediately. We offer a $1.00 incentive to change out to a 28 watt bulb and a $1.50 incentive for a 25 watt bulb.
Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc reserves the right to modify, change or cancel the B-Green Rebate Program without notice based upon funding limitations of the B-Green Program. Applications for rebates must be submitted within 60 days to qualify with the exception of the purchase of a certified Energy Star Home rebate.
(Please know Bartlett has to report on the B-Green estimated energy savings to the Energy Information Administration. As such, program improvements made by BEC members must be submitted in a timely manner to qualify for B-Green rebates. Please promptly submit for rebates after the improvements/services are performed. If you have any questions, please contact your friendly Member Services Representative.)