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How to Navigate the Energy Rebate Maze

March 16, 2018

Energy rebates can really help homeowners and businesses save on their heating and cooling purchases, and lucky for us, Washington state recognizes ductless heat pumps as highly­ efficient, green energy heating and cooling.

In fact, most Washington utility companies offer significant cash rebates for switching to ductless heating and cooling.

The biggest issue, however, is that if you go into the rebate process blindly, it can seem rather overwhelming. To help you take the stress out of it, we’ve put together a short guide to help explain everything in a more digestible manner.

Rebate requirements

Rebate requirements vary according to utility and are designed to promote energy efficiency by replacing or upgrading an existing system with a ductless system OR installing a brand new ductless system for new construction projects.

Typically, requirements to apply include:

  • A signed rebate application (we’ll provide this to the customer)
  • Additional documentation from your ductless installer

The required documentation varies from utility to utility.

Rebate amounts

Rebate amounts can vary within utilities and are awarded based on:

  • Heat source (zonal electric, forced-air electric furnace, wood stove, oil or propane)
  • Single and multi-family homes
  • Residential or commercial

As the popularity of ductless heat pumps grows, rebate amounts have declined through the years. We alert prospective customers when we learn that a rebate is scheduled for reduction.

Utilities that offer rebates near Olympia, WA

As mentioned, most utility companies nearby offer significant rebates to customers that replace their inefficient heating systems with new ductless systems.  

Rebates vary from utility to utility, but types of rebates you’ll see include:

  • "Receive either a $500 or $800 rebate, depending on your primary source of heating, from PSE when you go ductless with a qualifying ductless heat pump system." - PSE
  • “If you are looking for energy efficiency, a ductless heat pump can save you up to 50% on your electric heating and air conditioning costs, and we will help you pay for it. PenLight members can receive a rebate of $1,000 for single-family homes or condos (in buildings up to 8 units) that heat with baseboards, wall heaters, cable heat, or a forced-air furnace.” - Peninsula Light
  • “Single Family Homes - Tacoma Power offers a $500 rebate towards the purchase and installation of a DHP. Home must be electrically heated by a forced air furnace or a zonal electric system. Limit:  One rebate per home.” - Tacoma Power

For further details and rebates provided by other utilities in the area, be sure to visit our Rebates page.

What to do if this process seems overwhelming

Call us. It’s just that simple. We know you have more to do during your day than figure out the energy rebate maze, and that’s where we come in. We can navigate it all for you, just ask the hundreds of customers we help with the rebate process each year.

We’ll submit your rebates, manage your paperwork, and give you your rebate up front if you work with us.

We have an in-house rebate specialist that files the rebate packages for us. Contractors like us generally have to be approved by the utilities in order to file and receive rebates on behalf of our customers. In fact, some utilities require it.

Rest assured, we have approval from all of the local utilities in our service area.

If you like what you’re seeing, give us a call today to help you navigate your way through the energy rebate process.

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