Energy Efficiency Program

                                      Energy Rebates

Laurens Municipal Power & Communications

Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Effective 1-1-20 through 12-31-20

Click here for rebate application.

 

General Statement

The efficient use of energy is very important to Laurens Municipal Power & Communications (LMPC). Whether the goal is saving money, improving air quality or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation is the place to start. From simple lifestyle changes to substantial property improvements, energy efficiency pays off with both economic and environmental benefits for families and businesses. This Energy Efficiency Rebate Program provides financial incentives to encourage customers to purchase and install energy efficient lights, heating and cooling systems along with other devices and home improvements which use electricity wisely.

General Program Information

  1. The effective date of this Rebate Program is January 1, 2020. Individual programs may be changed or cancelled by LMPC without notice.  Customers should check with the LMPC office for information on programs.
  2. The energy efficient device(s) shall be installed in the LMPC service territory and cannot be relocated or sold for resale until retired from service.
  3. LMPC reserves the right to verify installation and invoices prior to rebate being paid.
  4. LMPC reserves the right to meter (at LMPC expense) installed equipment to aid in determination of actual energy savings.
  5. Rebates will not exceed equipment costs minus any manufacturers or dealer rebates.
  6. To receive LMPC rebates, the items must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Rebate applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2021 to qualify for this rebate program.  Attach a sales receipt from your dealer, including the manufacturer’s name, model and serial number of the equipment purchased and installed.
  7. Customers are responsible to have all equipment installed in accordance with all codes, standards, and regulatory requirements.
  8. Rebates will be approved on new devices only. No rebates will be approved for used items.
  9. LMPC does not guarantee reduced usage, demand, or cost savings. LMPC makes no warranties, expressed or implied, with the respect to any equipment purchased or installed.  In no event shall LMPC be liable for any incidental or consequential damages.  LMPC does not endorse any manufacturer or product in this program.
  10. Completed applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until available funds are committed.
  11. Any income tax or taxes, which may be payable as a result of the rebate being paid (or applied to the utility account), are the responsibility of the customer.
  12. LMPC will make the final decision on what qualifies for a rebate.

Residential/Commercial/Non-Profit Rebates

Rebates will be issued to the party that paid for the energy efficient item(s).  If that party also occupies the residence/business where the device was installed, the rebate will be paid as a credit to the utility account at that location.  If that party does not occupy the residence/business where the device was installed, the rebate will be applied as a credit to another utility account in that party’s name, or will be given in the form of a check. Payment will be made upon approval of completed application, sales ticket, and LMPC verification.  Rebates are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Rebate limitations are listed in Table 1.

Local Government Agency Rebates

The following government agencies may apply for rebates under this section:  Laurens-Marathon Community School, City of Laurens and Laurens Municipal Power & Communications.

  1. Rebates will be paid as a credit to the utility account or may be paid directly to the agency.
  2. Rebates limits are listed in Table 1.
  3. Rebates are not subject to filing deadlines. Entity shall work with LMPC staff to file the rebate on a timely basis upon acceptance of the project as complete.

Table I

Maximum Rebate Allowances

Annual maximum amount for all residential, commercial, non-profit, and local government rebates to be paid by LMPC for this years’ Rebate Program:    $20,000

Annual maximum Residential rebate per dwelling:                   $3,000

Annual maximum Commercial rebate per property:                $5,000

Annual maximum Non-Profit rebate per property:                   $5,000

Annual maximum Local Government rebate per entity:        $5,000

Rebate Programs Offered

  1. Heating and Cooling System Rebates
  2. Water Heater Rebates
  3. LED Lighting Rebates
  4. Insulation Rebates

Heating and Cooling System Rebates

Central Air Conditioners:

An energy-efficient central air conditioner will help you save money and energy.  ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings and use 8% less energy than conventional new models.

Rebate Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide the electricity for the equipment installed
  • Qualifying unit must be ENERGY STAR Certified
  • Minimum efficiency:  SEER 15 and EER 12.5
  • Condenser and coil must both be replaced
  • Homes five years or older are considered existing homes
  • Homes less than five years old are considered new homes

 

Qualifying Unit                                         Existing Home                  New Home

SEER > 15.0 and EER > 12.5                          $200                           $100

SEER > 16.0 and EER > 13                              $300                           $150

SEER > 18.0 and EER > 14                              $600                           $300

Air Source Heat Pumps:

Heat Pumps are an excellent choice for a residential HVAC System, especially in moderate climates.  A versatile heating and cooling system an air source heat pump can both heat and cool a home by extracting heat energy from the surrounding environment and moving it to another location.  In the winter, this means extracting heat from the outdoor air and moving it inside to provide warmth and comfort.  In the summer, this means taking heat energy from indoor air and moving it outside the home.

Rebate Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide the electricity for the equipment installed
  • Qualifying unit must be ENERGY STAR certified
  • Minimum efficiencty:  SEER 15, EER 12.5 and HSPF 8.5
  • Condenser and coil must both be replaced
  • Homes five years or older are considered existing homes
  • Homes less than five years old are considered new homes
Qualifying Unit                                              Existing Home                  New Home

SEER 15 / EER 12.5 / HSPF 8.5                        $400                           $200

SEER 16 / EER 13 / HSPF 9                                $600                           $300

SEER 18 / EER 13 / HSPF 10                             $900                           $450

Geothermal Heat Pumps:

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), also known as Ground Source Heat Pumps, are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available, because they use the earth's natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and often water heating.

Rebate Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide the electricity for the equipment installed
  • Must be a new geothermal system including equipment and the ground loop
  • 50% of rebate if replacing only the equipment and not the loops
  • Homes five years or older are considered existing homes
  • Homes less than five years old are considered new homes
Qualifying Unit                                                        Existing Home                  New Home

ENERGY STAR system                                                 $1,500                              $800

ENERGY STAR variable speed system               $2,000                              $1,000

Ductless Mini Split System:

A ductless mini split heat pump doesn't require ducts to deliver the conditioned air.  The treated air is delivered directly from a unit installed on the wall or in the ceiling connected to an outdoor unit.  The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms.  Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces.

Overall Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide the electricity for the equipment installed
  • Qualifying unit must be ENERGY STAR certified
  • Must be an inverter-based unit
  • Rebate is paid based on each outdoor compressor unit
  • Cooling-only systems are not eligible

Whole House mini splits must also meet the following requirements in addition to the overall requirements:

  • Minimum Efficiency:  SEER 15 / EER 12 / HSPF 8.5
  • Unit must replace electric resistance heating for the entire home to qualify
  • Home must be a minimum of 5 years old or older to qualify
  • Rebate amount:  $300

Supplemental mini splits for existing spaces must also meet the following requirements in addition to the overall requirements:

  • Minimum Efficiency:  SEER 15 / EER 12 / HSPF 8.5
  • Unit must replace electric resistance heating
  • Must be add-on supplemental heating and cooling for individual existing rooms
  • Home must be a minimum of 5 years old or older to qualify
  • Rebate amount:  $100

Supplemental mini splits for NEW SPACES must also meet the following requirements in addition to the overall requirements:

  • Minimum Efficiency:  SEER 15 / EER 12 / HSPF 8.5
  • Must be add-on supplemental heating and cooling for individual new rooms
  • Additions must be to a home a minimum of 5 years old or older
  • Rebate amount:  $100
Smart Thermostat:

A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled learning device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings in your home for optimal perfomance.

Rebate Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide your primary heating source
  • Must have learning functionality with occupancy sensing with motion sensors; optimization based on historical trends and weather data or forecasts
  • Must be ENERGY STAR certified
  • Limit of two (2) smart thermostats per household
  • Homes five years or older are considered existing homes
  • Homes less than five years old are considered new homes
Qualifying Unit                                                        Existing Home                  New Home

ENERGY STAR certified- 50% of cost             up to $100                          up to $50

 

Water Heater Rebates

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters take the heat our of the surrounding air and use it to heat the water inside.  The Department of Energy states that electric heat pump water heaters can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters.

Rebate Requirements:

  • LMPC must provide the electricity for the equipment installed
  • Unit must be ENERGY STAR certified
  • Homes five years or older are considered existing homes
  • Homes less than five years old are considered new homes
Qualifying Unit                                              Existing Home                  New Home

<50 gallons / UEF >2.0                                    $300                                      $150

>51 gallons / UEF > 2.3                                   $400                                      $200

LED Lighting

LED Fixture

50% of cost – up to $100 per fixture

LED bulbs

50% of cost - up to $20 per bulb

Insulation Rebates

Attic/Ceiling insulation

Foundation insulation

In-wall insulation

Rim/Band joist insulation

70% of total cost* up to $1,000

* Total cost = contract labor + equipment + material.

LMPC must supply your home’s primary heating source and you must contact our office before you purchase any material and/or install any insulation in order to qualify for this rebate.

 

Contact

Laurens Municpal Power
& Communications
272 N. Third Street
Laurens, Iowa 50554

Phone: 712-841-4610

Business Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m - 5 p.m.