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Rebates and Incentives

Heat Pump Rebate Program (extended through 12/31/2017)

Heat Pump Rebate Form 

While we recommend that you have a free Tideland EMC energy audit conducted prior to installation of your new heat pump it is not a program requirement. However, we strongly encourage you to call us before proceeding with installation so we can at least render a telephone consultation to make sure your home conditioning needs are met at the lowest possible cost. To get the process started call program manager Heidi Smith at 252-944-2410.

You MUST submit the HVAC installer's Manual J (system sizing) Calculation with the rebate form. If the HVAC contractor does not want to run a Manual J Calculation to properly size the system we recommend that you find another installer. The Manual J Calculation is the HVAC industry's own gold standard.

Once you've submitted the rebate request form and related documents, the co-op will issue an electric bill credit of:

  • $75 for qualifying 15 SEER air source heat pump installations
  • $150 for qualifying 16 SEER (or higher) air source heat pump installations
  • $300 for qualifying geothermal (water source) heat pump installations
  • $300 for qualifying dual fuel heat pump installations (minimum 15 SEER)

See rebate form above for additional terms and conditions
This program is for heat pump installations only. Gas packs and central air conditioning systems do not qualify.

Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate Program (extended through 12/31/2017)

Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate

Purchase an Energy Star heat pump water heater by 12/31/2017 and receive a $300 rebate from the Cooperative.

  • Must be placed in primary residence; vacation homes and rentals do not qualify.
  • Unit must replace an existing water heater. New construction does not qualify.
  • Minimum tank size: 50 gallons
  • Energy factor >/= 2.0
  • Must submit rebate form & copy of sales receipt within 90 days of purchase
  • Co-op reserves the right to verify installation

Why investing in a heat pump water heater (HPWH) makes sense

Estimated daily energy costs
HPWH $0.668*
High Efficiency Electric $1.405*
Propane (storage) $1.48**
Propane (tankless) $1.12**

*Assumes kWh price of 11.1¢
**Assumes propane price of $2.00 per gallon

To help our members overcome the initial purchase and installation costs of owning a HPWH we are offering a $300 rebate through the end of 2015. If you purchase a geothermal (water source) heat pump and include installation of a desuperheater for water heating you also may apply for the $300 rebate.

Annual operating costs

  • HPWH $243.82
  • High Efficiency Electric $512.82
  • Propane (storage) $540.50
  • Propane (tankless) $408.80

Ten year operating costs (based on today's rates)

  • HPWH $2,438.20
  • High Efficiency Electric $5,128.20
  • Propane (storage) $5,404.96
  • Propane (tankless) $4,088.00

With the Tideland EMC rebate you will recoup the additional purchase and installation costs within 2.5 to 3 years. You can't beat that with a stick! (Tideland does NOT recommend the installation of whole house on demand electric tankless water heaters due to the demands they place on our electric system during peak periods. Installation of an on demand tankless electric water heater could also require upgrading your homes electrical wiring and increasing your distribution transformer size as well. If you want to go with a tankless option we prefer that you go with propane. However, please note that energy savings associated with on demand water heaters have largely been overstated since they generally result in increased hot water consumption).

Energy Star Manufactured Home Rebate (program extended through 12/31/2017)

Energy Star Manufactured Home Rebate Form

Purchase a new Energy Star Manufactured Home during 2015 and you could qualify for a one-time electric bill credit of $1,250. A copy of the home's Energy Star certificate and the dealer's sales invoice MUST accompany the rebate application. Every Energy Star certified manufactured home receives a blue Energy Star label that is usually on the home's electrical panel or next to its HUD data plate. Buyers, please make sure your sales contract with the manufactured housing dealer clearly states that they will be delivering and installing an Energy Star certified home.