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.
Energy Efficiency Rebate Information
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.
- ENERGY STAR® LED Bulbs 50% of lamp/bulb cost – Capped at $8 per lamp/bulb. 500 lumens or greater. Cap of 50 lamps/bulbs per MVEA account per year.
- ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator / Freezer – (min 7.5 cu ft.) $30 per unit. Additional $60 if old unit is recycled. Maximum 2 recycles per member, per account.
- ENERGY STAR® Dryer $30 per unit. $90 heat pump unit.
- ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer $40 per unit front load. $30 per unit top load.
- ENERGY STAR® Dishwasher $20 per unit.
- Electric Water Heater 30-55 gallons. $50 per unit. $70 per unit with lifetime tank warranty. $350 per unit for ENERGY STAR® rated heat pump (air source) water heaters above 30 gallons. $100 per unit for primary heating by direct exchange GSHP.
- Marathon Electric Water Heater $200 per unit plus $2 per gallon.
- Air Conditioner – Whole Home System $150 per unit over 16 SEER. $100 per unit from 15-16 SEER. Permanent installation, minimum 1 ton, ENERGY STAR® rated. Excludes window units.
- Ground Source Heat Pump System $500 per ton. $250 per ton for existing unit replacement. Minimum 3/4 ton. MVEA inspection required. ENERGY STAR® rated.
- Electric Thermal Storage (ETS), Thermal Slab – Permanently installed units only. $20 per kilowatt (kW) for ETS controlled by time or master control system. $16 per kW for thermal slab units controlled by timer or master control units. Energy audit recommended.
- Air Source Heat Pump System – $300 per ton for units rated from 15-17 SEER. $450 per ton for units greater than 17 SEER. $100 per unit additional with controlled ETS backup. Excludes window units. Subject to MVEA inspection. $85 per unit for package terminal units (through wall heat pumps) ENERGY STAR® rated.
Pre-inspection of the permanent installation must be scheduled prior to the start of the project. One project per member account per year.
- LED / Induction Street Lighting – 25% of LED head cost. Project cap of $20,000.
- LED Refrigerated Case Lighting Retrofit – 50% of LED fixture costs. Project cap of $3,000.
- Commercial Lighting Retrofit and New Construction – Per-set amount by fixture type as outlined in commercial lighting spreadsheet available on the Commercial Lighting Rebates page. Per project cap of $20,000.
Please click on the link to check out MVEA’s 2018 Energy Efficiency Product Guide (PDF) that includes the products listed above and forms needed to start putting energy efficiency to work for you. Click here to download the Co-op Cares Energy Efficiency Rebate forms (PDF).
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 email@example.com.
Additional Energy Efficiency Resources
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives www.Touchstoneenergy.com
The Colorado Energy Office www.Colorado.Gov/Energy
U.S. Department of Energy www.Energy.Gov
Energy Star® www.Energystar.Gov
Energy Star® Product Look-Up Https://Data.Energystar.Gov/
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 lighting cost savings estimators. It also includes educational games and information for children.