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Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Rebates and Discounts

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As much as half of the energy used in your home can go to keeping it heated or cooled. Columbia Water & Light offers rebates and discounts on heat pumps and air conditioners to help you save money and energy.

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 GSHP Rebate Policy.
  • 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 application. 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 the  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.

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.

Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pump Rebates

Heating and cooling make up the biggest expense in your household energy budget. 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. Install a more efficient system and get a rebate from $50 to $1,600.

If you need help financing your project, check out our low-interest loan program.

Audrey Guess (Columbia Youth Teaching Efficiency winner)
Artwork by Audrey Guess (Columbia Youth Teaching Efficiency winner)
  • Complete the opens in a new windowAir Conditioner/Air Source Heat Pump Rebate application. 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.
  • A copy of the final mechanical permit from the Building/Site Development division of the Community Development Department is required.
  • A copy of the paid receipt must list the model numbers for the condenser, the matched evaporator coil, the expansion valve 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 thirty 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.
  • Columbia Water & Light reserves the right to deny a rebate for a unit that is oversized for a building.

Check the AHRI Directory for SEER rating confirmation before completing the purchase of a new unit. Sometimes the manufacturer’s SEER rating can be rated higher than the unit can actually perform.

Columbia Water & Light wants to pay you back for your increased energy efficiency. Due to the increased costs of higher SEER units, the amount of the rebate offered to you also goes up.  opens in a new windowClick to view air conditioner/heat pump rebate chart.

Heat Pump Discounts

Columbia Water & Light customers with heat pumps are eligible for a reduced electric rate. Call 573-874-7325 to see if you are eligible.

Why is there a special heat pump rate?

Electric customers with heat pumps help Columbia Water & Light reduce summer peak demand, which saves the utility money. This savings is passed on to our customers.

Customer Charge: $15.91 per month (non-standard meter charge is $21.01)

First 300 kWh: 7.67 cents per kWh

Next 450 kWh: 10 cents

All Remaining kWh: 9.11 cents per kWh

Does the special rate apply all year long?
No. The heat pump rate is applied only during winter months, October through May.

  • You must be a Columbia Water & Light electric customer.
  • You must have a working heat pump (rated SEER 15) installed.
  • Your building must have a minimum of R-50 insulation in the ceiling and at least R-19 insulation in floors next to unheated areas like crawl spaces. Duct work in unheated areas must also be insulated. If you think you need more attic insulation, opens in a new windowcheck our charts for savings, cost, payoff and rebate amounts.
  • Heat pumps must heat at least 50 percent of conditioned air space.

Need help financing a new heat pump?

Columbia Water and Light offers low-interest  opens in a new windowHome Performance Loan to help our customers fund this type of energy improvement.

Contact Utility Services

Address

701 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65205

Phone

573-441-5528

Email

efficiency@como.gov
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