Residential Rebates Information
OUC can give you specific tips on conserving electricity and water and offer details on OUC customer rebate programs (single-family homes only).
Apply for a Rebate
Disclaimers: All rebate claims must be submitted within six months of the date of installation. Residential rebates are not applicable to new construction. Please see the New Home Rebate Program below. Unconditioned space does not qualify for energy efficiency rebates.
Residential Energy Rebates
Efficiency Delivered from The Reliable One
Efficiency Delivered provides up to $2,000 of energy and water efficiency upgrades in your home based on your needs. A conservation specialist from OUC will determine which home improvements could save you the most money and then with your approval will arrange for a licensed contractor to do the work. You receive professional installation from a trusted source and save instantly with contributions from OUC. You only pay for your share of the cost for the selected improvements. If you qualify, you may spread payments over an interest-free period of up to 12 months on your utility bill. A customer must have active service at the premise for at least 6 months prior to participation or the landlord must have owned the property for at least 6 months if it’s a tenant situation.
Window Film or Solar Screen ($.55/sq. ft.)
Installing solar window film on pre-existing homes 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. 3. ENERGY STAR® qualified double pane windows do not qualify for this rebate. For work performed by the customer: Provide a copy of the manufacturer’s specification to prove 0.5 SC or less and provide the dimensions of each window where the film was installed for square footage calculations..
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 0.6 or less and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) that equals 0.27 or less. Invoice must reflect either the separately itemized dimensions for each type of window installed or the total square footage. For more information, please 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. For work performed by the customer, a copy of the receipt which must indicate type and quantity of insulation purchased must be provided. Also, a copy of the coverage chart for the specific type of installed insulation must be provided along with the initial R-Value and the final depth measurement after installation. Total square footage and total bags of installed insulation must be indicated on the rebate form.
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 residential improvements projects. New Heat Pump system must be rated 15 SEER or higher. View Ton/SEER 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 home. 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 residential 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 home comfortable.
Ask a licensed contractor to perform a Manual J calculation to determine what is optimal for your home. 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% of cost, up to $500)
Utilizing super-efficient technology, an ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater that 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.
New Home Rebate Program
This new program, which was launched in Lake Nona's new Laureate Park, rewards new homebuyers for making energy-smart choices, such as installing ENERGY STAR® clothes washing machines or heat pump water heaters, during construction. Depending on the type, size and quantity of the measures selected, the resulting rebate could mean a homebuyer might not have to pay a utility bill the first few months in their new home.
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.
||Ceiling Insulation Upgrade: Final R-Values greater than R-30 is required to receive this rebate.
|($0.03 per sq. ft.)when processed with 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)
Residential Water Rebates
Florida Friendly Landscape and Irrigation (100% of cost, up to $200)
This program is designed to reduce potable irrigation water usage through the installation of low volume irrigation systems and Florida Friendly plants. Reclaimed water does not qualify for this program. This rebate applies only to existing homes, not new construction. Rebates for Florida Friendly plants will only be paid when permanent irrigation system improvements are also made. Irrigation rebates can be approved without the installation of Florida Friendly plants. Rebate is only available to Orlando customers with 50% or more of their irrigated area served by high-volume irrigation components (spray heads and rotors). Permanent irrigation system improvements must reduce the total irrigated area served by high-volume irrigation components to less than 50% by using low volume irrigation components (such as drip, trickle, subsurface, bubbler, or micro-spray irrigation).
For additional information, please visit the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) for details on low-volume irrigation system installation. Only Florida Friendly, low-maintenance plants qualify for this rebate. Permanent irrigation system improvements, as outlined above, must be made in conjunction with new landscaping in order to qualify for this rebate.
For a qualifying list of Florida Friendly plants, visit the Florida Friendly Landscaping. Before and after pictures and/or design plans along with receipts from purchases must be submitted with the rebate form. A physical inspection of the installed changes will be verified by an irrigation and landscaping professional. All contractor invoices submitted must have total irrigated area, existing area covered by high-volume irrigation and final area covered by high-volume irrigation.
Florida Water Star℠ Certification ($300 for single family homes, $100 per unit for multi-family homes)
Florida Water Star℠ is a voluntary, points-based certification program that recognizes and encourages water use efficiency in single or multi-family homes. To qualify, the single family or multi-family home must meet all requirements as specified by the St. Johns River or South Florida Water management district. For additional details, please visit SJRWMD. A copy of the Water Star Certificate also must provided by the appropriate water management district.
Ultra Low Flow Toilet ($50)
Toilets by far are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water. To qualify, replace existing toilets that have a flow greater than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) with a retrofitted toilet that uses 1.6 gpf or less. Specifications of new toilet (gpf) and receipts must be provided. Not applicable for 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.
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