2013 Energy Efficiency Rebates
To encourage customers to buy energy-efficient products, Central Georgia EMC offers a number of programs and services designed to conserve electricity and save money. In 2013, Central Georgia EMC will be offering the following rebate programs.
Residential Rebates for Existing Homes built before January 1, 2013
All Central Georgia EMC 2013 rebates are subject to change without notice. Rebates will end on December 20, 2013 unless otherwise noted. All improvements must meet Energy Star minimums.
Residential LED Light Bulb Rebate
CGEMC offers a rebate of up to a maximum $10 per customer for the purchase of an energy-efficient LED light bulb for use in your residence.
LED is the acronym for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs use fewer watts, per unit of light generated, than other light bulbs. The average LED has a life span of 50,000 hours compared to 1,200 for an incandescent light bulb and 8,000 hours for a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL). The LED uses 6-8 watts per bulb as compared to the Incandescent light bulb (40-100 watts), and the CFL (13-15 watts).
HVAC Tune Up
CGEMC offers up to a maximum $75 for a tune-up on a primary residence HVAC system (only one unit per customer). A licensed and insured HVAC contractor must perform HVAC Tune-up.
Half of the energy used in a home is for heating and cooling. If your HVAC system is not working properly, your electric usage could be higher. A tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve its efficiency and comfort. Maintaining your equipment can assist in preventing future problems and unnecessary costs.
CGEMC offers a 50 percent rebate (up to $200 maximum) on the cost of upgrading attic insulation to Energy Star-recommended levels of R-39 and above. (The maximum combined insulation rebate a customer can qualify for is $350.)
The attic is usually where one can find the biggest air leaks in your home. These leaks can disrupt the effectiveness of the cooling system, making the home feel “sticky” during the summer or cold during the winter. Air leaks also can lead to an unnecessary increase in your energy bill. Add the appropriate amount of insulation to an attic and one can stay comfortable while using less energy. Attics are the easiest places to add insulation in the home.
Floor/Unvented Crawl Space Insulation
CGEMC offers a 50 percent rebate (up to $200 maximum) on the cost of upgrading Floor/Unvented Crawl Space Insulation to Energy Star-recommended levels. (The maximum combined insulation rebate a customer can qualify for is $350.)
A properly sealed, moisture-protected, and insulated crawlspace will increase comfort, save on energy costs; increase the longevity of the home, and reduce the entry of moisture into the home. Upgrade Floor/unvented crawl space insulation to R-11 or greater, if using spray foam insulation or R-13 or greater with insulation in the cavity with six-sided air barrier for foundation walls.
Knee Wall Insulation
CGEMC offers a 50 percent rebate (up to $150 maximum) on the cost of installation. (The maximum combined insulation rebate a customer can qualify for is $350.)
A knee wall is a vertical wall with attic space directly behind it. Builders often use knee walls to create low-cost living space in the attic, increasing the homes living space without increasing the size of the house. The largest temperature difference between two areas in a home is where the conditioned space and attic join, such as the knee walls. Upgrade knee wall insulation to a minimum of R-18 with six-sided air barrier as structure allows.
New or Existing Residential Rebates
Geothermal Heat Pump Rebate
CGEMC is offering a $250 per ton, maximum three (3) tons rebate for geothermal heat pump systems installed in new or existing customer’s homes.
Geothermal heat pumps are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies available because they use the earth’s natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and often water heating. ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps are over 45 percent more efficient than standard options.
Solar Water Heating
CGEMC will rebate $300 for one solar water heater system per qualified residence.
The water heater is the second largest energy user in a home. For homes that use a large quantity of hot water and receive sunlight year-round, a solar water heating system may be sensible. The solar water heating system must be Energy Star approved as well as approved by GEFA. Rebate requires a solar storage tank with the electric water heater as the primary source for water heating. Application for rebate will need to be submitted prior to installing the solar water heating system.
Solar Water Heater Rebate Qualifying Equipment
Solar Water Heater
OG-300 Certification from the SRCC
Heat Pump Water Heating
CGEMC will rebate $300 for one heat-pump water heater system per qualified residence.
An average family of four uses approximately 400 kWh a month for heating water. With a heat pump water heater, the average family will use only 200kWh a month for heating water.
Customers who qualify for the program are eligible to receive a one-time rebate of $450 per kilowatt (kW) of capacity installed, up to 10kW.
If a residential CUSTOMER chooses to install a qualifying photovoltaic system on their new or existing home, the rebate will help offset a portion of the initial investment. Please submit an application for rebate prior to installation of the system. Visit www.cgemc.com/PVRebateProgram.aspx for more information.
Total Electric New Home Rebate
CGEMC will pay $300 per home for a qualified total-electric home constructed in 2013.
CGEMC is offering an energy-efficiency rebate for new construction homes with total electric service. This rebate encourages customers to build homes with electric heat pumps and electric storage water heaters. CGEMC will reimburse the contribution-in-aid fee of construction for the first 100 feet of underground service for a qualifying total electric home. The following requirements must be met for a Total electric new home rebate: Energy Star Qualified electric heat pump, electric storage water heater, solar water heater, or electric heat pump water heater. Customer must have proof of a Duct and Envelope Test performed by a licensed contractor. Prior to receiving the new home rebate, a CGEMC representative will need to visit the home verifying the rebate requirements have been met. Applicants will also need to agree to participate in CGEMC’s Load Management Switch program. The load management switch will be installed by a CGEMC on both the qualifying heat pump compressor and qualifying storage water heater. All applicants must agree to have a Load Management Switch on the heat pump compressor and qualifying water heater as long as CGEMC maintains a Load Management program. Homes constructed after January 1, 2013, qualify for the rebate.
All Central Georgia EMC 2013 rebates are subject to change without notice. Rebates will end on December 20, 2013, unless otherwise noted.. For more information about Central Georgia EMC’s rebate programs, contact our Marketing Services Department at 770-504-7831 or 1-800-222-4877, ext. 7831.