Business Rebates Information
OUC can give you specific tips on conserving electricity and offer details on OUC commercial customer rebate programs.
Disclaimers: All rebate claims must be submitted within six months of the date of installation. Commercial prescriptive rebates are not applicable to the new construction program. Please see the Commercial New Construction Program below. Unconditioned space does not qualify for energy efficiency rebates.
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Commercial Energy Rebates
Window Film or Solar Screen ($.55/sq. ft.)
Installing solar window film on pre-existing businesses can help reflect the heat during hot summer days. Your cooling unit will become more efficient. Incentive Requirements: 1. Only east-, west- and south-facing windows qualify. 2. Shading Coefficient (SC) of film or screen must be 0.5 or less and noted on the invoice. Either the separately itemized dimensions for each window where film was installed or the total square footage must be provided on the invoice. 3. ENERGY STAR® qualified double pane windows do not qualify for this rebate.
ENERGY STAR® Windows ($1.50/sq.ft.)
Energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. They provide comfort and they also protect your valuables from harmful sun rays. Incentive Requirements: 1. Windows must be National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified and meet ENERGY STAR® southern regionally-accepted standards of a U-Factor that equals 0.4 or less and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) that equals 0.25 or less. Invoice must reflect either the separately itemized dimensions for each type of window installed or the total square footage. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.
Cool / Reflective Roof ($0.12 per sq.ft.)
A cool/reflective roof reflects the sun's rays to help lower roof surface temperature and increase roof life. It helps lower your energy bill during the summer by preventing heat absorption. To qualify, the cool roof product must be certified and approved by the ENERGY STAR® Roof Products program. The total square footage of material installed, type of reflective material and Solar Reflectance value must be notated on the invoice. Solar Reflectance value must be 0.7 or greater and also included on invoice. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.
Ceiling Insulation Upgrade ($0.10/sq.ft.)
The attic is the easiest place to add insulation; it can help lower your energy costs and keep you comfortable through the seasons. To qualify, final insulation level must be R-30 or higher. Existing R-Value, Final R-Value, total square footage and type of installed insulation must be included on the invoice.
Heat Pump (From $90-$1,630 - see Ton/SEER Matrix)
Older central air conditioner units can be very costly to operate and maintain. New units are more efficient and use less energy while lowering your electric bill. Annual energy savings for a 15 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) or greater unit could be up to 30 percent when compared to a 12 SEER unit. This rebate is applicable to commercial improvements projects. New Heat Pump system must be rated 15 SEER or higher. View the SEER/Ton Matrix to the right to calculate the rebate amount
Please have the contractor provide a copy of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Certificate or the AHRI Reference number. Model numbers for both the indoor and outdoor unit must be included on the invoice.
Duct Repair / Replacement (100 percent of cost, up to $100)
Duct leaks make heating and cooling systems work longer and harder to maintain comfort in a business. Properly sealed ducts will lower your energy bill and improve the efficiency and performance of your central heating and cooling systems.
This rebate is applicable to commercial improvement projects. To qualify, ducts must be sealed with mastic or mastic with embedded Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved duct tape on all accessible boots, joints and seams of the Air Duct System (ADS) in both the attic and in any accessible air handler closet. Any penetration of the ADS through the ceiling must be enclosed with a proper draft stop seal. Invoice must have a separate itemized amount for each system repair and must reflect the method of repair used.
A/C Proper Sizing w/ R-30 Attic Insulation ($90 when processed with qualified rebate)
If your air conditioner is the wrong size, then it is wasting energy and costing you money each month. Oversize air conditioners use unnecessary energy and too small air conditioners need to work overtime to keep your business comfortable.
Ask a licensed contractor to perform a Manual J calculation to determine what is optimal for your business. You may find that installing R-30 attic insulation, or another efficiency measure, can help you save on a smaller A/C unit and lower your energy costs. To qualify for the $90 rebate, you must qualify for this rebate and any one of the following rebates: Heat Pump, Ceiling Insulation Upgrade, or Duct Repair / Replacement. You must also provide Manual J or comparable certified sizing documentation.
ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater (100 percent of cost, up to $500)
Utilizing super-efficient technology, an ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater can cut water heating costs by more than half. The contractor and/or retailer's invoice is required to receive this rebate and must reflect the system model number. Proof of ENERGY STAR® qualification is also required to receive this rebate. If receipt does not include the model number, be sure to submit a copy of the retailer’s item description of product installed that can be matched to the proof of purchase.
Commercial Water Rebates
Air Cooled Ice Machines ($125)
New air-cooled ice machines make ice quickly and use less energy and water compared to water-cooled ice makers. To qualify, replace an existing water-cooled ice machine with an air-cooled ice machine. Not applicable for new construction. Specifications of the new unit(s) and receipts/proof of purchase must be provided.
Ultra Low Flow Toilet ($50)
A commercial facility that replaces a typical existing 3.5-gpf toilet with a standard new 1.6-gpf unit could cut its annual water use by more than half and save hundreds of dollars in water costs. To qualify, replace existing toilets that have a flow greater than 1.6 gpf with a retrofitted toilet that uses 1.6 gpf or less. Not applicable for new construction. Specifications of new toilet (gpf) and receipts must be provided.
Water Efficient Urinals ($25 per urinal)
Installing water efficient urinals will help reduce water use in facilities and save money on water bills. To qualify, replace existing urinals that have a flow greater than 0.5 gpf with retrofitted urinals that use 0.5 gpf. Not applicable to new construction.
Water Cistern ($0.02 per gallon up to $200)
Using a cistern to store and reuse rainwater reduces or eliminates storm water runoff from the site. It conserves water and reduces your monthly irrigation water bill. Rain barrels and traditional in-ground cisterns qualify for this rebate. Receipt/proof of purchase denoting the size of the cistern must be provided.
Commercial New Construction Program
New construction of commercial properties is eligible for rebates using the Commercial New Construction Program. These include cool / reflective roof, ceiling insulation, heat pump, and ENERGY STAR® heat pump water heater rebates.
To be eligible for energy rebates, the property must be located in OUC's electric service territory. All measures must meet and be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications and comply with all local and state laws. Applications must be submitted within six months from the closing date. Unconditioned space does not qualify for energy efficiency rebates. Existing construction is not eligible for this program.
||Cool / Reflective Roof: Solar Reflectance value must be 0.7 or greater to qualify. Proof of ENERGY STAR® qualification is also required to receive rebate.
|($0.04 per sq. ft.)
||Ceiling Insulation Upgrade: Final R-Values greater than R-30 is required to receive this rebate.
|($0.03 per sq. ft.) when processed with cool reflective roof, heat pump, or ENERGY STAR® heat pump water heater
||Heat Pump: Provide and upload a copy of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Certificate or the AHRI Reference number. Only SEER ratings of 15 or higher qualify.
||ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater: Proof of ENERGY STAR® qualification is required to receive rebate..
|(100% of cost up to $500)
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