Energy Efficiency: Together, We All Save.
Energy efficiency has been called “the fifth” fuel as it is a critical factor in serving the growing energy needs of our communities. Why? Energy efficiency extends the power generated by coal, natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy by stretching the energy generated by those fuels. Simply put, energy efficiency makes the power on the grid go further and last longer while promoting the smart use of fuels and conservation of resources.
When MVEA members participate in one of our energy efficiency programs and make the “fifth fuel” work for them, they not only use less electricity and save on their monthly electric bill, but they are also helping to reduce the overall demand for electricity within our co-op territory. The decrease in demand, especially during peak hours, allows MVEA to offset the impact of increasing wholesale power costs by reducing the amount of power that we need to purchase. Energy efficiency helps us all save. It is a team effort. And, it can start with something as small as a light bulb.
MVEA’s Co-op Cares Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way to start saving on your electric bill and to become more energy efficient is to evaluate the lighting in your home. If you are still using incandescent or halogen light bulbs, you are paying at least $75 more a year on your electric bill than your neighbors that have switched to ENERGY STAR® certified LED light bulbs. While purchasing LED’s is more expensive initially, many MVEA members have found that the long-term energy efficiency savings justify the initial expense. In addition, MVEA is able to offer members a rebate on up to 50 ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs per year (per member account) through our Co-op Cares Energy Efficiency Rebate program.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State), MVEA’s power supplier, partners with us to offer an Energy Efficiency Rebate program that extends beyond LED light bulbs. Members are able to offset the cost of upgrading to more modern energy efficient models with appliance-specific rebates that include electric water heaters, central air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances.
Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Requirements
MVEA and Tri-State pay rebates to MVEA members who install select electrical heating systems, appliances, and/or LED bulbs electrical heating systems and/or selected electrical appliances.
- All requests must be made within 120 days of purchase.
- Additionally, all appliances must be ENERGY STAR certified to be eligible for a rebate.
Please click on the link to check out MVEA’s 2017 Energy Efficiency Product Guide (PDF) that includes the products and forms needed to start putting energy efficiency to work for you.
To apply for energy efficiency rebates, simply complete and submit the forms for approved products in the product guide. You may make copies of the forms if you need additional spaces for rebate submissions. Once the forms are downloaded, complete the fillable form, and submit it online via email with attachments of scanned receipt(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the Co-op Cares Energy Efficiency Rebate forms.
Print out and mail-in to MVEA, PO Box 1600, Limon, CO 80828, Attn: Rebates.
When submitting rebate requests, please remember:
- All applications must be filled out completely.
- An itemized sales receipt that showing the model number and proof of payment must be attached.
- All requests must be made within a 120 days of purchase.
- Rebate processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks, and will reflect as a credit on your bill.
- If requesting an additional rebate for a recycled refrigerator in conjunction with a new purchase, proof of recycle or haul-away must be included. (Note: Item must have been decommissioned to be eligible.)
ENERGY STAR certification can be verified through the retailer’s website under the item’s specifications or through www.energystar.gov by accessing one of the links below:
Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Requirements
If you are a commercial account wanting to submit a LED commercial lighting new lighting or retrofit please complete the Commercial New Lighting Form (XLSX) or Commercial Retrofit Form (XLSX) and contact Kevin Holbrook at 719-494-2685 or (800) 388-9881 to schedule a pre-installation inspection.
For those members wishing to calculate their monthly energy usage and start their own energy efficiency program, MVEA offers a home energy audit and library on the web site that has links to appliance use calculators, home energy audits and CFL cost savings estimators. It also includes educational games and information for children.