Taking the Guesswork out of Utility RebatesMike Schaefer, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
Energy rebates are a great perk for homeowners and make high-performance mechanical systems more accessible. That said, there is a lot of confusion on how to actually obtain them. An Energy Pulse™ report by the Shelton Group found that “only 20% of Americans knew their utility company offered rebates, cash incentives or low-interest loans for energy-efficient products.”
Here are three ways to acquaint yourself with your local energy-saving offerings:
- Know what your state offers: The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency® (DSIRE) is an online resource of comprehensive source information on utility incentives and policies. Homeowners can search by state to find details on incentive types, amounts, equipment requirements and more in one, easy-to-navigate site. In addition to rebates, there are tax incentives offered at the federal (https://news.energysage.com/federal-itc-savings-2019-vs- 2020), state and even city level. Check with your tax accountant to see how those incentives might work for you.
- Work with sustainability experts: Engage those who know about energy-efficiency to help you. Using experts in sustainable, resilient design and those who are a National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) accredited Green Verifier can take the guesswork out of building a sustainable home and obtaining utility savings. They can ensure your homes meet specific sustainability standards and suggest mechanical systems and equipment to help meet those goals.
- Use a rebate tool. HVAC plays a critical role in a home’s energy usage. This is why many utility companies offer rebates for energy-efficient mechanical systems such as Zoned Comfort Solutions®. Enter your home’s zip code into Mitsubishi Electric’s online search tool at mitsubishicomfort.com to see which specific METUS units qualify for rebates. Financing and tax resources are also available for guidance.
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