Recently Improved Your Home’s Energy Efficiency? Get Your Rebates.

While all U.S. federal rebates for energy efficiency expired in 2016, certain homeowners can still get money-back offers depending on their local power utility. Here in western Indiana, a major utility — Duke Energy — provides rebates for some customers. Energy-efficiency rebates are a great motivator to make needed home improvements. Even better, upgrades keep paying back in lower monthly utility bills over the long term, as well as via improved home comfort. Here’s how offers from this utility can help upgrade your home’s energy efficiency.

  • Installing a new heat pump may qualify for rebates of up to $300, depending on the unit’s SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating). The rebate-eligible SEER range begins at heat pumps with a SEER 14 rating ($193 rebate) and increases up to SEER 18 for the maximum $304 rebate. Including a smart thermostat wih the upgrade increases the total rebate by $125.
  • A new central A/C unit with a SEER rating of 15 or 16 qualifies for a $300 rebate, while installing a central unit with SEER 17 efficiency provides a $400 rebate. Both offers can be increased by $125 by also including a smart thermostat in the upgrade.
  • Attics are a prime location for unwanted heat gain in summer and expensive heat loss in winter. By adding additional insulation as well as having attic air sealing performed by an approved contractor, you may qualify for a $250 rebate. The offer applies to residential attics of at least 1,000 square feet. In order to qualify, the upgrade must improve attic insulation R-factor from R-19 or less up to at least R-30, and air sealing must reduce leakage by at least 5%.
  • Leaky HVAC ducts, which are common in residences, waste money and reduce indoor comfort in all seasons. Duct sealing can restore optimum airflow, reducing heating and cooling costs and making indoor temperatures more consistent. A $100 rebate is available for duct sealing that reduces leakage by at least 12%.

Rebates are a great motivator to make energy-efficient upgrades to your home now. For more information, contact Paitson Bros., your Terre Haute source of HVAC sales and service since 1922.

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