Most people know that making energy efficiency upgrades to your home pays off in the long run. Many people don’t know, however, that you can also get more immediate payback by taking advantage of energy efficiency rebates available in your area.
Though federal programs for residential improvements have expired, local utilities serving Dayton homeowners still offer rebates for making certain upgrades to your home that reduce energy consumption. Here’s what’s still available now:
Electric Efficiency Rebates
Dayton Power & Light provides a full slate of rebates related to home-energy upgrades that reduce electrical consumption:
- Install a new air-source heat pump that provides both heating and cooling to your home and get a $150 rebate for a unit with a SEER rating of 15 or $250 for a unit with SEER 16 or above.
- New ductless mini split heat pumps with a SEER rating of 15 or more receive a $150 rebate.
- Central A/C upgrades receive $100 for units with 14-15 SEER ratings and $150 for units with SEER 16 and above.
- Thermostat upgrades are also eligible for money back. Installing a new programmable Wi-Fi thermostat brings $20 and a smart thermostat purchase receives $50.
- Sealing cracks and gaps that lose heating and cooling, as well as upgrading home insulation, both help reduce energy costs. Having your home air sealed by a qualified professional contractor makes you eligible for a $150 rebate. Installing new attic insulation also brings $150.
Natural Gas Efficiency Upgrades
Vectren Energy supplies natural gas to Montgomery County residences and offers efficiency-related rebates to customers who make certain improvements.
- Installing a new gas furnace with a 95% to 96.9% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating qualifies for a $150 rebate. A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% or above earns a $400 rebate.
- If your home utilizes a gas-fired boiler for heating, replacing it with a newer unit with 95% or higher AFUE qualifies for a $500 rebate.
For more information about available rebates for upgrading your home’s energy efficiency, contact Detmer and Sons.