Business Rebates Information

energy_star_promo_markOUC can give you specific tips on conserving electricity and offer details on OUC commercial customer rebate programs.

OUC is committed to sustainability and is a partner in the ENERGY STAR® program, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.



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. Businesses with an existing insulation value of R-30 or greater are not eligible for this rebate.

Apply for Ceiling Insulation Rebate

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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.

Apply for Cool/Reflective Roof Rebate

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Custom Incentive Program, including Lighting Rebate
The OUC Commercial & Industrial Custom Incentive Program offers financial incentives to businesses that install energy efficient upgrades in their facilities. From lighting upgrades to refrigerator efficiency, you can create your own plan that will help your business save the most. Bring us your ideas and we will help craft a plan that will make life a little greener in your business and on your bottom line.

Incentives

  • Non-lighting projects = $550 per kW of demand reduction, plus $0.032 per kWh for qualifying first-year energy savings.
  • Lighting projects* = $250 per kW of demand reduction.
  • Maximum of $100,000 per customer per year.

* Indoor lighting projects only

Eligibility

Participation is open to facilities located within OUC’s service area that receive electric service under an OUC commercial rate.

How to Apply
Send the completed Project Application below along with additional documents (savings calculations, spec sheets, estimated project costs, etc.) to conservationsupport@ouc.com. Once received, we will review your application and contact you to discuss the next steps in the approval process.

Apply for Custom Incentive Program

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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. For repairs: Invoice must have a separately-itemized amount for each system repair and must reflect the method of repair used. For replacement: Invoice must have a separately-itemized amount for the new duct system, and include the type of system installed and how it was sealed.

Apply for Duct Repair/Replacement Rebate

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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.

Apply for ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate

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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.


Apply for ENERGY STAR® Windows Rebate

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Heat Pump A/C (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

Model numbers for both the indoor and outdoor unit must be included on the invoice. Please have the contractor provide a copy of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Certificate, or the AHRI Reference number, that matches the model numbers listed on the invoice.

Apply for Heat Pump A/C Rebate

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Window Film or Solar Screen ($0.55/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. Double pane windows that have the ENERGY STAR rating do not qualify for this rebate.

Apply for Window Film or Solar Screen Rebate

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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.

Apply for Air Cooled Ice Machine Rebate

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Smart Irrigation Controller (100% of cost of controller and installation, up to $200)

WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers, which act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system telling it when to turn on and off, use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.  With proper installation, programming, and maintenance, homeowners can use these controllers instead of standard controllers to save water.

The controller must be a new, standalone EPA WaterSense labeled controller.  Plug-in or add-on units are not eligible for rebate consideration.  This rebate is only available for OUC potable water customers with in-ground irrigation systems. Businesses using reclaimed water, or water from a well, lake, pond, etc. for irrigation are not eligible for rebate consideration.  A maximum of five rebates can be claimed per property.  For consideration of additional rebates please contact Conservation Support. Rebate amount does not cover taxes, shipping/handling, or other fees.

Required documents for self-installation (Must be submitted within six months of purchase)

  • Receipt/invoice for the controller purchase.
    • Brand, model number, and/or SKU must be included.
  • Proof of WaterSense certification such as a manufacturer’s brochure or specification sheet, retailer’s product description screenshot, WaterSense certification screenshot, etc..
  • Picture of the installed controller at your business. Please click here for further guidance.

Required documents for professional-installation (Must be submitted within six months of installation)

  • Receipt for the controller purchase, and/or an itemized contractor invoice for the controller and/or installation costs.
    • Brand, model number, and/or SKU must be included.
    • If the controller is purchased by the customer and then installed by a professional, the receipt for the controller and the invoice for the installation must be submitted.
  • Proof of WaterSense certification such as a manufacturer’s brochure or specification sheet, retailer’s product description screenshot, WaterSense certification screenshot, etc..
  • Picture of the installed controller at your business. Please click here for further guidance.

Apply for Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate

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Smart Water Monitoring Rebate (100% of cost of device and installation, up to $100)
*Pilot Program – Limited Number of Rebates Available*

Smart water monitoring devices keep track of water consumption 24/7 and can send notifications of issues such as a leak.  As an added feature, some devices allow the capability to shut off the water if they detect a major leak.  They can also provide valuable information and insights into consumption.

Approved products that are eligible for a rebate:

OUC does not endorse specific products, nor is responsible for the performance of the device. Displayed consumption may not match billed consumption and will not be accepted for billing purposes. Device must be installed beyond the water meter and backflow prevention device.

Important notice for businesses with automatic residential fire sprinklers
Improperly installing a smart water monitoring device could hinder the operation of fire sprinklers. Consult a licensed plumber for guidance.

Rebate amount is 100% of the cost of the device up to $100.00, and excludes tax and shipping. Previously-owned devices are not eligible for a rebate.

Required documents for self-installation (Must be submitted within six months of purchase)

  • Provide receipt/invoice for the device purchase.
    • Brand, model number, and/or SKU must be included.
  • Provide a picture of the installed device.

Required documents for professional-installation (Must be submitted within six months of installation)

  • Receipt for the device purchase, and/or an itemized contractor invoice for the device and/or installation costs.
    • Brand, model number, and/or SKU must be included.
    • If the device is purchased by the customer and then installed by a professional, the receipt for the device and the invoice for the installation must be submitted.
  • Provide a picture of the installed device.

Apply for Smart Water Monitoring Device Rebate

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Ultra Low Flow Toilet (100% of cost, up to $100)
Replacing older toilets (manufactured in 1993 or earlier) will help you reduce your monthly consumption.  The new toilet must be an EPA WaterSense certified model that consumes 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF) or less and replace an existing toilet that consumes 3.5+ gallons per flush (GPF).  Toilets manufactured before 1980 typically consume 5 GPF or more, while toilets manufactured between 1980-1993 typically consume 3.5 GPF.  Businesses built after 1994 are not eligible for this rebate. Replaced toilet must have been made before 1994.

  1. A receipt/invoice must be submitted within six months of purchase for self-installed toilets.  If professionally-installed, a receipt/invoice for the toilet as well as the installation must be submitted within six months of the installation date.
  2. Product information about the new toilet such as a manufacturer’s brochure or specification sheet, retailer’s product description screenshot, WaterSense certification screenshot, etc is required.
  3. A photograph of each old toilet you wish to replace which clearly shows the year of manufacture is required, and please click here for further guidance.

Apply for Ultra Low Flow Rebate

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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.

Apply for Water Cistern Rebate

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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.

Apply for Water Efficient Water Urinals Rebate

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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.

Commercial New Construction Rebates Rate of Rebates
1. Ceiling Insulation Upgrade: Final R-Values greater than R-38 is required to receive this rebate.

Apply for Ceiling Insulation Rebate

($0.03 per sq. ft.) when processed with cool reflective roof, heat pump, or ENERGY STAR heat pump water heater
2. 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.

Apply for Cool/Reflective Roof Rebate

($0.04 per sq. ft.)

 

3. ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump Water Heater: Proof of ENERGY STAR® qualification is required to receive rebate..

Apply for Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate

 (100% of cost up to $500)
4. Heat Pump A/C: Provide a copy of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Certificate, or the AHRI Reference number, that matches the indoor (air handler) and outdoor (condenser) model numbers installed. Only SEER ratings of 15 or higher qualify.

Apply for Heat Pump A/C Rebate

(From $90-$1,630) 

 

5. Smart Irrigation Controller: Proof of WaterSense certification is required to receive rebate.  The controller must be a standalone EPA WaterSense labeled controller.  Plug-in or add-on units are not eligible for rebate consideration.  Businesses using reclaimed water, or water from a well, lake, pond, etc. for irrigation are not eligible for rebate consideration.

Apply for Smart Irrigation Controller

(100% of cost of controller and installation, up to $200)

 6 Smart Water Monitoring Device: Approved products that are eligible for a rebate are the Flo by Moen™ Smart Water Shutoff, Phyn Plus, Phyn Smart Water Assistant, StreamLabs Control, and StreamLabs Smart Home Water Monitor.  OUC does not endorse specific products, nor is responsible for the performance of the device.  Displayed consumption may not match billed consumption and will not be accepted for billing purposes.  Device must be installed beyond the water meter and backflow prevention device.  Important notice for homes with automatic residential fire sprinklers - improperly installing a smart water monitoring device could hinder the operation of fire sprinklers.  Consult a licensed plumber for guidance.

Apply for Smart Water Monitoring Device Rebate

 (100% of cost of device, up to $100)

Rebate applications will only be accepted from qualifying customers within OUC’s service territory. To be eligible for a water rebate, the property must be located within OUC's water service territory. To be eligible for an energy rebate, the property must be located within OUC's electric service territory. To be eligible for residential water/energy rebate, the dwelling type must be classified as Single-Family, Condo or Townhome by the property appraiser.

Terms and Conditions to Participate:

  • For residential and commercial energy and/or water rebates, a legible copy of the invoice and proof of purchase are required. If the invoice is entirely handwritten, OUC requires proof of payment of such an invoice (i.e. copy of front / back of cancelled check, copy of credit card statement, etc.). If providing financial statements, please make sure it clearly shows the name of the account holder. Unrelated transaction information can be blacked out to protect your account information.
  • Where applicable, all invoices must reflect the appropriate license number of the contractor performing the work.
  • All receipts / invoices must be dated and submitted within six months of the date of purchase. For New Home or New Construction, applications must be dated and submitted no more than six months from the date of closing.
  • All work performed must comply with all local and state laws and be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • OUC reserves the right to perform on-site verifications of the work performed prior to issuing a rebate.
  • Applications will be processed in 4-6 weeks. (Processing time may temporarily be up to 6-8 weeks due to the impacts of COVID-19.  Thank you for your understanding).
  • Rebates will appear as a credit on your OUC bill.
  • OUC reserves the right to add or remove any rebates without prior notification.
  • OUC reserves the right to deny a rebate for reasons including but not limited to the following:
    • Unresolved debts
    • Failure to submit supplemental paperwork
    • Premise access for verification is not obtained
  • If a rebate submittal is deemed incomplete, an electronic notification will be sent requesting supplemental information. If the requested information is not received within 15 days of notification, the rebate will be rejected.