About Rebates

Despite efforts to curb demand, energy consumption continues to grow rapidly in North America. Electric utilities must either build new power plants or reduce demand in order to meet their customers' needs. While building new power plants is very expensive, saving one kilowatt-hour through energy efficiency improvements is one-third the cost of any new source of electricity supply making.1 These significant cost savings have enticed many utilities to develop rebate programs for customers who reduce their electrical usage. The programs have become more popular over the years and according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, $9.4 billion dollars were available for energy efficiency programs in 2012. That's a 109% increase over the 2008 budgets.

The rebate and incentive programs can cover a wide variety of energy efficient equipment from HVAC systems and motors to refrigerators and kitchen equipment. The most popular target for utilities looking to reduce energy demand is lighting since it consumes 20% of all electricity in the world and is used by almost all customers.2 The incentives lower the initial costs and makes the payback period of the investment much more attractive.

By taking advantage of these programs, you can...

  • Reduce the initial project cost.
  • Save money on your electric bills.
  • Help the environment by reducing hazardous emissions from electricity generation.
  • Help your company with local legislation and federal requirements

US & Canadian Demand Side Management Program Budgets

(in Billions of US $)

Source: Consortium for Energy Efficiency, 2012 Annual Industry Report

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Rebates for LED T8 Replacements (infographic)

Many manufacturers are now offering LED solutions to upgrade from T12 or T8 to LED solutions. We looked in our rebate databases to see what's available.

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Rebate Trends for 2014

Rebate organizations have been busy updating their rebate programs for 2014. See what's new.

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T12 Rebates

The number of rebates for T12 to T8 conversions decreased 18% between 2013 and 2014. They are expected to decline even further going forward.

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US Lighting Rebates

Currently, 71% of the United States is covered by an active commercial lighting rebate or incentive.

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LED Lamp Rebates

The average prescriptive rebate for LED lamps is $11. Using an Energy Star approved lamp is required by 94% of these rebates.

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Cashing in on LEDs

Learn all you need to know about LED rebates in one helpful infographic.

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New Construction Rebates

It's not only upgrades that can get rebates. New construction and renovation projects can get rebates for lighting, HVAC and more.

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Financial Calculator

See the difference that rebates can make in the payback period of a lighting upgrade.

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Rebate Pre-approvals

On average, it takes 29 days to get pre-approval for a rebate before you can install. Make sure you plan ahead.

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Highbay Rebates

Replacing old high bay lighting with new pulse start, induction, LED or fluorescent fixtures can get rebates of up to $400 per fixture.

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Expert Advice

Each year, 60% of American use a tax professional to get them the largest possible tax deduction. Why not use a rebate expert to get the most money possible?

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