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Heat Pump Rebates
At BEC, we encourage our members to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. A new heat pump installed in your home can mean warm winters, cool summers and a little extra change in your pocket. Through 2018, we are offering members a $200 rebate for the installation of a new heat pump in their home. Fill out the rebate form below, have your contractor do their part and we’ll give you a credit on your BEC electric bill.
Contractors must sign and complete the contractor section. Please submit the form along with the AHRI certificate to BEC. The contractor must note current license number on the form. The HVAC contractor is responsible for sizing units for optimal performance. BEC does not assume liability for work completed by a BEC listed contractor.
2018 Energy Efficiency Heat Pump Rebate Requirements:
- Installations must be completed in 2018.
- You must be a current member of BEC.
- Credits will be issued to member’s account within 30 days of receiving rebate form.
- Newly installed unit must be an all-electric heat pump system.
- System shall be a new matching system certified by AHRI.
- Both the condensing unit and air handler must be replaced.
- Only replacement units for existing residential homes are eligible for the program.
- Window units are not eligible for incentive.
- Unit receiving a rebate must be in homes served by Bandera Electric.
- HVAC efficiency rating shall be a 15 SEER minimum.
- The member or contractor must submit a completed rebate form and the AHRI certificate.
- Installations are subject to inspection by BEC.
- All units must be installed by a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contractor.
- HVAC system must be a residential system which is defined for this program as 1.0-5.0 nominal tons.
- Limit of 2 rebates per member.
- Rebate forms must be submitted by January 31, 2019 for 2018 rebate program.
BEC reserves the right to make changes or cancel the program without notice.
Federal Rebate Programs
The passage of the federal stimulus bill in February 2009 made money available to Americans to help weatherize homes and make energy efficiency improvements. Called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the bill helped fund energy efficiency measures and renewable energy development. The following information provides a general description of the programs available to the public.
Federal Tax Credits
For those not eligible for federally funded programs, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 revived energy-efficiency tax credits to help offset the cost of home upgrades. This includes highly efficient water heaters and heat pumps, central air conditioners, building insulation, windows and roofs.
This marks the third extension of the incentive initiated by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2011 - the last round expired in 2011. The new legislation covers 2012 upgrades along with projects undertaken in 2013 and completed by December 31, 2013. If you’ve already received an energy tax credit, you may not qualify – there’s a lifetime cap of $500. For full details on qualifying upgrades and individual caps, go to www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.
Weatherization is the process of sealing air leaks and properly insulating a home. The Department of Energy (DOE) created the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to provide financial assistance for weatherizing homes to help low-income customers control their energy costs through installation of weatherization materials and education. To qualify for help with expenses, individuals must fall within a certain income range. Learn more at Energy.gov.