Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Rebates
Air conditioner rebates
If your cooling system is older than 10 years, you have frequent service problems and/or you see your utility bills going up, it is time to consider installing a new unit. Upgrading to a more efficient air conditioning unit can substantially reduce your cooling costs.
Our commercial rebates range from $570 to $3,770, depending on the size and the efficiency rating of the unit. See the opens in a new windowrebate chartopens IMAGE file for rebate amounts. For smaller systems, see information on our residential HVAC rebates. Due to the increased costs of higher efficiency units, the amount of the rebate offered to you goes up with a more efficient unit. Units that are sized for commercial use go by the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) system.
A heating and cooling system ductwork inspection will be completed by Columbia Water & Light before the rebate is issued. We want to ensure that all visually accessible supply and return vents are properly connected. We often find ductwork that has been disconnected, which creates obvious inefficiency problems.
Both owners of commercial buildings and/or the tenants that lease the commercial spaces are eligible for our commercial rebate program. All commercial and industrial customer classifications are eligible.
HVAC rebate chart
These rebates are for prepackaged and split systems. For systems smaller than 6 tons, see information on our residential HVAC rebates.
Requirements for commercial HVAC rebates:
- Electric customers are on the commercial/industrial rate structure.
- Incentives are available to a property owner or customer of an active, non-delinquent account.
- Rebates are only available for HVAC replacements.
- Columbia Water & Light must pre-approve all new systems. Please submit a opens in a new windowcommercial HVAC rebate applicationopens PDF file .
- All work must be done by licensed HVAC contractor.
- Applicant must provide copy of invoice and duct inspection prior to the rebate being awarded.
- Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available.
- Columbia Water & Light is not responsible for equipment performance, including energy savings or other warranties or guarantees, either expressed or implied.
- Columbia Water & Light reserves the right to adjust rebate awards or otherwise amend or discontinue program without notice.
Ground source heat pump rebate
Ground Source Heat Pumps use up to 50 percent less electricity, which means more savings on your utilities.
A $300 per ton rebate is available to Columbia Water & Light residential and commercial customers retrofitting an existing/new ground source heat pump system.
- Both retrofits and new construction must meet building energy efficiency requirements as specified in the opens in a new windowGSHP Rebate Policyopens PDF file .
- Residential GSHP systems are limited to a maximum of 10 tons; Commercial GSHP systems must be less than 50 tons.
- Complete the opens in a new windowground source heat pump rebate applicationopens PDF file . The application includes a checklist of items you will need to receive a rebate. Please note, you can fill out the form using your computer, but you must print it and sign the form before submitting it.
- Obtain a copy of the final mechanical permit from opens in a new windowCity of Columbia Building/Site Development.
- Obtain a copy of the paid receipt that lists the model numbers for the system and any additional installed equipment as listed in the AHRI Directory.
- The rebate application form and receipts must be submitted to Columbia Water & Light within six months of the air conditioner unit’s installation. Incomplete or incorrect applications will have 30 days to provide the correct information or risk losing their place in the rebate funding process.
- Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to electric customers, as funding is available each fiscal year. Columbia Water & Light reserves the right to inspect the installed equipment before the rebate payment is issued.
- GHSP systems purchased or installed prior to April 1, 2017 will not qualify for rebate.
Note: Check the AHRI Directory for EER rating confirmation before completing the purchase of a new unit. Sometimes the manufacturer’s EER rating can be rated higher than the unit can actually perform.