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Rebates and Incentives

Heat Pump Rebate Program

•  2018 Heat Pump Rebate Form (last day to have paperwork submitted for 2018 purchases is April 1, 2019) 
•  Hurricane Relief Heat Pump Rebate Form (units purchased between October 15, 2018 and April 30, 2019)  
•  "Reserve My Rebate" Form (for Hurricane Florence victims who will not have work complete by April 30, 2019)  
•  2019 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 (doubled if purchased between 10/15/18 and 4/30/19)
  • $150 for qualifying 16 SEER (or higher) air source heat pump installations (doubled if purchased between 10/15/18 and 4/30/19)
  • $300 for qualifying geothermal (water source) heat pump installations (doubled if purchased between 10/15/18 and 4/30/19)
  • $300 for qualifying dual fuel heat pump installations (minimum 15 SEER) (doubled if purchased between 10/15/18 and 4/30/19)
  • If you purchase a geothermal (water source) heat pump and include installation of a desuperheater for free water heating you also may apply for our heat pump water heater rebate which is an additional $300. Form can be found below.

If you are purchasing a geothermal (water source) unit keep in mind that there is still a 30% federal tax credit in place for units purchased by December 31, 2019. So be sure to claim the credit when you file your taxes! Additional details about tax credits can be found here.

The co-op does not provide a rebate for single mini-split HVAC units (such as units installed in a room over a garage or for a sunroom) but will issue one rebate if multiple mini-split units are installed to achieve whole house conditioning in lieu of a central HVAC system. The invoice and Manual J calculation should reflect the details of the mini-split installation.

See rebate forms above for additional terms and conditions.
This program is for heat pump installations only. Gas packs and central air conditioning systems do not qualify. Dual fuel heat pumps which are equipped with gas backup in lieu of electric resistant heat strips do qualify.
Heat pump rebates are limited to one (1) rebate per member household annually.

Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate Program

2018 Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate   (last day to have paperwork submitted for 2018 purchases is April 1, 2019)

2019 Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate

Purchase an Energy Star heat pump water heater by 12/31/2019 and receive a $300 rebate from the Cooperative.

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 2019. 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.

Note: We've received quite a few rebate forms for on-demand water heaters and standard storage tank water heaters. Those units do not qualify for the rebate. Here is a link to a heat pump water heater (for illustrative purposes only; this is not an endorsement of any particular manufacturer or retailer). Furthermore, Tideland does not recommend the installation of electric on-demand water heaters due to the demand those units place on our electric system unless you plan to use our off-peak time-of-use electric rate to avoid operation of the on-demand unit between 6 am and 9 am in winter and between 4 pm and 8 pm in summer.

  • 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

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. 

Tideland does not offer a rebate for nor do we 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 home's electrical wiring and increasing your distribution transformer size as well. On-demand tankless water heaters are also not maintenance free. They require a system flush every 12 to 18 months or more regularly if you have hard water. 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 due to their unlimited supply.

Energy Star Manufactured Home Rebate

2018 Energy Star Manufactured Home Rebate Form (last day to submit paperwork for 2018 purchases is April 1, 2019)

2019 Energy Star Manufactured Home Rebate Form 

Purchase a new Energy Star Manufactured Home 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.