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Demand Response

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Get paid to help reduce strain on the grid and keep carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Key Features

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by telling participating customers to reduce their energy use at times of peak demand. This extends the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By participating in demand response, your business can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low. 

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Commercial, industrial or municipal customers of all sizes are eligible to participate.

For more information or other questions contact your utility below:

Eversource

Demand Response

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Incentive
Up to $300
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Smart energy use is not just about how much you use, but when you use it. You could earn rewards for using your smart devices to help lower peak demand, which reduces strain on the grid and keeps carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Key Features

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by making small adjustments to Wi-Fi connected devices to reduce energy use during times of peak demand. These adjustments have little to no impact on comfort, but by bringing together the power of thousands of devices we can make a big difference.

Lowering demand helps extend the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By enrolling your eligible Wi-Fi connected devices, you can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low for everyone.

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Residential electric customers in Connecticut with eligible devices are eligible to participate.

For more information or questions contact your utility:

Eversource

Smart-E Heat Pump Offer

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Financing
  • Heating & Cooling

High efficiency heat pump technology can reduce energy costs while cooling and heating your home. Heat pumps provide year-round comfort, making your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

The Smart-E Loan offers low rates and flexible terms for the installation of a qualifying heat pump technology, including: ductless mini splits, air source heat pumps, heat pump hot water heaters, and geothermal/ground source heat pumps.

Applying is as easy as child’s play, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save!

Key Features

Smart-E boyThe Connecticut Green Bank has partnered with Energize CT and lenders in your community to offer long-term, low-interest financing for your smart energy upgrade. Before you can qualify for a Smart-E special offer heat pump loan, you must have an Energize CT Home Energy Solutions (HES) audit completed on your home. 

To learn more about what equipment qualfies, Click here.

Loan Term 5 7 10
Maximum Rate (varies by lender) 2.99% 2.99% 2.99%

You're eligible if your residence is:

  • 1-4 units (condominiums must be individually metered)
  • Owner-occupied

For questions regarding the Smart-E Loan Program, contact Connecticut Green Bank at (860) 563-0015 or smarte@ctgreenbank.com.

  1. Find a Contractor to discuss your energy improvements.
    If your contractor is not on the approved list, they should contact smarte@ctgreenbank.com for Smart-E training.

    Using multiple contractors? Select one to act as your general contractor. They will help facilitate this process for you.
     
  2. Select your home energy upgrade.
    Your contractor will work with you to be sure the improvements meet our eligibility requirements. 
     
  3. Get pre-approved by a participating lender.
    Apply directly with your selected lender before your contractor begins the project.
     
  4. Close your loan with your lender.
    Your lender will reach out to schedule a loan closing once the project is approved.

High efficiency heat pump technology can reduce energy costs while cooling and heating your home. Heat pumps provide year-round comfort, making your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

The Smart-E Loan offers low rates and flexible terms for the installation of a qualifying heat pump technology, including: ductless mini splits, air source heat pumps, heat pump hot water heaters, and geothermal/ground source heat pumps.

Applying is as easy as child’s play, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save!

Learn how homeowners across Connecticut are improving their homes and lowering energy costs with Smart-E.

Smart-E Loans Myers

“What we’ve seen since we’ve converted is stability. The house is so much more comfortable now.”


– Myers family, natural gas conversion and heating equipment
 

About The Project

Location: Norwich, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1.428 sq ft
Year Built: 1960
Project: Converted to natural gas and upgraded to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $8,318.09
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200

 

Smart-E Loans Hemeon

 “Smart-E helps get you where you want to be, and where you want to be is self-sufficient with solar energy."

– Hemeon family, installed solar PV

 

 

About The Project

Location: Pomfret, CT
Building Type: Colonial
Building Size: 2,944 sq ft
Year Built: 1982
Project: 36 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $31,125
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,794
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
9,763 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
11,835 kWh/year

Smart-E Loans Curran

“Applying for the loan was very easy; the application process was just a few pages; and the closing took no more than half an hour.”

– Curran family, installed solar PV

About The Project

Location: Waterbury, CT
Building Type: Split Ranch
Building Size: 2,600 sq ft
Year Built: 1979
Project: 26 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $35,000
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,353
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
8,457 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
26,781 kWh/year
 

Smart-E Loans Kennedy

 “We are getting the most out of our money and it feels good to know that we are not over spending on energy.  We are excited about the improvements hold for our future.”


– Kennedy family, Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation

About The Project

Location: Berlin, CT
Building Type: Dutch Colonial
Building Size: 3,698 sq ft
Year Built: 1800
Project: Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation
Total Project Cost: $12,934.88
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,800

Smart-E Loans Watson

 “We were in the black from day one. As it turns out, the cost of the loan payment is less than what we’re saving in heating costs. Eventually, when the loan is paid off, it will be all profit."

– Jeff and Liliya Watson, switched to natural gas

About The Project

Location: Hamden, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1,589 sq ft
Year Built: 1956
Project: Conversion to Propane/ Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $11,750
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200


 

 

 

Energize CT Heating Loan Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Financing
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Renewable Energy

Financing at a 0.99% interest rate, up to $15,000, is available for qualified homeowners for the purchase and installation of eligible energy-saving heating equipment. Repayment through your utility bill makes the process easy.

Key Features

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and need to defer your loan payments for this program, please contact your electric utility. Eversource customers should call 1-800-286-2000 and UI customers should call 877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).

If you’re a residential customer of UI, Eversource, CNG, or SCG you could be eligible for low-interest financing for a new energy-efficient heating system. To participate, you must own a single-family home or a multi-family home up to four units, including condos. Vacation homes also qualify.

Heating equipment to be installed must meet ENERGY STAR® or higher ratings for boilers, furnaces and electric heat pumps.

Financing Amounts and Term

  • Financing is available up to $15,000.
  • A minimum down payment of 10% of the cost of the replacement heating furnace or boiler equipment is required. The minimum down payment varies by type and efficiency of equipment selected. 
  • 0.99% interest rate.
  • Financing term between 3 to 10 years based on the time it takes for the replacement heating furnace or boiler equipment to pay for itself from energy savings, plus two years.  For details visit ctheatloan.com.
  • No fees to you or your contractor; no pre-payment penalty.
  • Unsecured, fixed-rate financing.
  • Payments are made along with your monthly electric bill payments. If the property is sold, the balance may be repaid or may be transferred to the new owner. 

To Apply and For More Information:

Visit ctheatloan.com to apply online now and for more details. Or call our lending partner, Capital For Change, Inc. (formerly CHIF), at 1-800-992-3665. 
 

To learn more about your home’s energy usage and efficiency, sign up for Home Energy Solutions®.  For a nominal fee, or at no cost for those who qualify, an energy efficiency professional will visit your home and discuss opportunities to save money by improving your home’s energy performance.

For more information call 1-800-992-3665.

If you’re a residential customer of UI, Eversource, CNG, or SCG you could be eligible.

  • You must have an Eversource or UI residential electric account at the address where the new equipment is to be installed.
  • You must own the property where the new equipment is to be installed.
  • You must be current with your electric utility bill and have had either:
    • no late payment charges for the most recent six (6) consecutive months or
    • no more than two (2) late payment charges for the last twelve (12) consecutive months
  • Equipment to be installed must meet ENERGY STAR® or higher ratings for boilers, furnaces and electric heat pumps
  • All work must be completed by Capital For Change registered contractors. To participate, contractors must meet program standards, including proper licenses and insurance.

For More Information:

The program is administered by Capital For Change, Inc. (formerly CHIF). Visit ctheatloan.com or call 1-800-992-3665 for more details or to inquire about your eligibility.  

Feel free to call 1-800-992-3665  with any questions.

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. Please click here for information on how to contact your municipal utility.

Smart-E Loans

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Renewable Energy

Now you can enjoy a whole home of energy efficiency. Upgrade your home’s efficiency & energy performance with a limited-time 1.99% Smart-E Loan with no money down and flexible terms. Realize more savings and comfort when bundling multiple home energy improvements. The more you do, the more you save.

Key Features

The Connecticut Green Bank – in partnership with Energize CT and select local lenders and contractors – offers long-term, low-interest financing to help you upgrade your home’s energy performance with no money down.

  • Unsecured personal loan (no lien is placed on the property)
  • Fixed monthly payments
  • No pre-payment penalty

Financing with rates as low as 1.99% (and even 0% for income-qualified homeowners) is available. See all rate information here.

Property requirements:

  • Property must be located in Connecticut
  • Property must be owner-occupied
  • Property must be a 1-4 unit residential building
  • Condominiums must be individually metered

From home performance and efficiency, to heating and cooling, to water heating and renewables, there are more than 40 eligible home energy upgrades that quality for Smart-E loans. Click here for a complete list of eligible improvements and efficiency criteria.

  1. Find a Contractor to discuss your energy improvements.
    If your contractor is not on the approved list, they should contact smarte@ctgreenbank.com for Smart-E training.

    Using multiple contractors? Select one to act as your general contractor. They will help facilitate this process for you.
     
  2. Select your home energy upgrade.
    Your contractor will work with you to be sure the improvements meet our eligibility requirements. 
     
  3. Get pre-approved by a participating lender.
    Apply directly with your selected lender before your contractor begins the project.
     
  4. Close your loan with your lender.
    Your lender will reach out to schedule a loan closing once the project is approved.

Learn how homeowners across Connecticut are improving their homes and lowering energy costs with Smart-E.

Smart-E Loans Myers

“What we’ve seen since we’ve converted is stability. The house is so much more comfortable now.”


– Myers family, natural gas conversion and heating equipment
 

About The Project

Location: Norwich, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1.428 sq ft
Year Built: 1960
Project: Converted to natural gas and upgraded to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $8,318.09
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200

 

Smart-E Loans Hemeon

 “Smart-E helps get you where you want to be, and where you want to be is self-sufficient with solar energy."

– Hemeon family, installed solar PV

 

 

About The Project

Location: Pomfret, CT
Building Type: Colonial
Building Size: 2,944 sq ft
Year Built: 1982
Project: 36 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $31,125
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,794
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
9,763 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
11,835 kWh/year

Smart-E Loans Curran

“Applying for the loan was very easy; the application process was just a few pages; and the closing took no more than half an hour.”

– Curran family, installed solar PV

About The Project

Location: Waterbury, CT
Building Type: Split Ranch
Building Size: 2,600 sq ft
Year Built: 1979
Project: 26 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $35,000
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,353
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
8,457 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
26,781 kWh/year
 

Smart-E Loans Kennedy

 “We are getting the most out of our money and it feels good to know that we are not over spending on energy.  We are excited about the improvements hold for our future.”


– Kennedy family, Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation

About The Project

Location: Berlin, CT
Building Type: Dutch Colonial
Building Size: 3,698 sq ft
Year Built: 1800
Project: Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation
Total Project Cost: $12,934.88
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,800

Smart-E Loans Watson

 “We were in the black from day one. As it turns out, the cost of the loan payment is less than what we’re saving in heating costs. Eventually, when the loan is paid off, it will be all profit."

– Jeff and Liliya Watson, switched to natural gas

About The Project

Location: Hamden, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1,589 sq ft
Year Built: 1956
Project: Conversion to Propane/ Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $11,750
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200


 

 

 

 

Multifamily

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Incentive
Various Incentives Available
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

Reduce energy and operating costs and make the multifamily property you own or manage more comfortable and environmentally friendly with the Multifamily Initiative.

Key Features

This program provides customized solutions for multifamily buildings or complexes with five or more units, and includes:

  • Assistance with energy efficiency upgrade projects already planned
  • An assessment of your building's energy-saving opportunities
  • Resources to support in-depth assessment of a full range of strategies for further improvements including solar and other renewable energy, as well as health and safety measures
  • Incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades

Provide your contact information and any project information with this application. For energy efficiency projects, submit it to your electric utility company. For renewable energy and/or financing  projects only, submit your application to the Green Bank. If your application is for both energy efficiency and renewable energy or financing, submit it to both your electric utility and the Green Bank.

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

At this point, if you already have an energy efficiency or renewable energy project, additionally submit any project proposal(s) and a completed Project Form to your electric utility company (for energy efficiency projects) and to the Connecticut Green Bank (for projects including renewable energy and/or financing). After we’ve helped you address this proposal, if you’d like to evaluate your property in a more holistic way, follow the steps below.

Need help designing your project?

Once you’ve completed Step 1 above, a utility or Green Bank representative (as appropriate) will contact you. A professional consultant or in-house representative is available to visit your property to identify the cost-effective energy improvement opportunities that make the most sense for your property. Technical and financial assistance is available through the Multifamily Initiative for a wide variety of design and predevelopment tasks, including: 

Potential Measures Assessed Technical & Financial Assistance Available
  • Air sealing
  • Domestic hot water saving measures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation or air conditioning
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • High-efficiency water heating systems
  • Energy saving control strategies on building equipment
  • Solar PV and other renewable energy systems
  • Energy benchmarking
  • Green design and charrettes
  • Assessment of capital improvements 
    (including green physical needs assessments (PNAs))
  • Assessments of energy-related health and safety issues
  • Designing, engineering, and bidding work
  • Predevelopment loans
  • Financial packaging

Using the recommendations from the energy assessment and any technical assistance you select, design and price a comprehensive project that will maximize your energy savings, as well as the incentives and financing you will receive.

If your project qualifies based on your submitted proposals, plans, specifications, and pricing, you will receive a commitment of incentive dollars and, if requested, an offer for financing the balance of the project cost. You can also provide your own financing or explore one of these sources. After construction and required inspections are complete, incentives are paid.

It is recommended that owners track utility use and verify that equipment is working properly during the warranty period and beyond.

Existing properties of five or more residential units may be eligible for the Multifamily Initiative. 

The following types of properties are eligible:

  • Apartment buildings and complexes
  • Condominiums and co-operatives
  • Congregate and senior housing
  • Mixed-use residential and commercial properties

Questions? Contact your utility or the Connecticut Green Bank using a link below:

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. The Connecticut Green Bank provides renewable energy programs and financing to all Connecticut municipalities

 

ENERGY STAR® Central AC or Heat Pump Rebate

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
Up to $500
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Rebates

If your heating and cooling system is more than ten years old or needs to be replaced, install an ENERGY STAR® -certified system to maximize energy savings.

Key Features

You want your home to be comfortable year-round, and now comfort and cost can be balanced with the selection of an energy-efficient heating and cooling system for your home.

Selecting the right system, and size of system, for your home has never been more important. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heating and cooling account for up to 56 percent of energy used in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

Fortunately, now there are a wide variety of energy-efficient systems available to heat and cool your home. In addition, many heating and cooling systems have supporting equipment in common, such as thermostats and ducts, which provide opportunities for more energy savings. Finding the most energy-efficient system is easy – just look for the ENERGY STAR®.  An ENERGY STAR-certified central air conditioner is 15 percent more efficient than a standard system. Those savings can add up.

How We Can Help

We help make it affordable to upgrade your heating and cooling system with rebates of $200 - or even $500 per ton up to two systems per home. Rebates apply to qualifying ENERGY STAR central air conditioning or heat pump systems.

Energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment will save you energy and money.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Rebate applications for 2020 rebates are being accepted and processed for payment. Please submit your 2020 rebate within the prescribed timeframe on the rebate form. Please contact Eversource or United Illuminating at 877-WISE-USE with questions.

There are a few kinds of HVAC systems you could have installed in your home which are dependent on where you live, square footage, construction type and cost. Listed below are the two types available for the rebate.

  • A split HVAC system is comprised of multiple sections, an indoor coil section in the ductwork and an outdoor coil section (compressor/condenser) installed on the outside of the home. Inside the home (attic, basement, closet) there may be a combined fan and air conditioning coil in one box or separate coil and fan sections which can house a gas or oil heating furnace. Note that the installed system must be a matched assembly to qualify for rebate (the two or three components must be matched; more information can be found on the AHRI Directory). Most often, all sections would require replacement to ensure the best efficiency.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Step 1 - To see which heat pump and air conditioning systems qualify for an incentive, see the "Who is eligible for a rebate and qualifying systems" section below. See the rebate application for additional eligibility requirements, terms and conditions.

Central Air Conditioner and Ducted Air Source Heat Pump Split System rebate form

Step 2 - Contact your heating and cooling contractor about what system is right for you. Rebates of $200 per system and $500 per ton and up to two systems per home are offered for eligible high-efficiency central air conditioners or ducted air source heat pump split system.

Step 3 - Have your qualifying unit installed.

Step 4 - Save time and money – click here to apply for a rebate and submit the required documentation online. Rebates are per-unit fixed amounts, paid directly to you, the consumer, or the installation contractor.

If you wish, you have the option to mail in the completed application and any documentation instead. See the application document for further details.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Residential customers of Eversource and UI are eligible for the rebates.

Equipment must be installed by a licensed contractor in the service territory of the participating electric utility.

A rebate of $1,000 per ton is also available in addition to the up to $500 rebate if your home is an electric heated home and you participate in Home Energy Solutions or if your home is heated by oil or propane and you qualify to participate in the Home Energy Solutions Heat Pump Pilot. Please refer to the rebate form you received during your appointment to apply for this Home Energy Solutions rebate.

Qualifying Systems

Qualifying systems are electric central air conditioning and ducted air source heat pump split systems of matched assembly, in which both the condenser unit and the evaporator coil are installed simultaneously. A matched assembly is a model combination that is listed in the AHRI Directory of Certified Equipment. A matched assembly must also include the air handler, furnace or other component that is used to determine the rating according to ANSI/AHRI STANDARD 210/240-2008. To see a list of qualifying units, download the CT Qualified Products List (QPL).

Eligible Equipment Type Minimum Efficiency For Rebate
(
AHRI Certified)
Rebate
AHRI1 Rated Central Air Conditioning Split System ENERGY STAR certified 16 SEER2 / 12.5 EER $200 Per System
AHRI Rated Ducted Air Source Heat Pump Split Systems Tier 1: 16 SEER / 10 HSPF3 / 60% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º) $500 Per Ton*
AHRI Rated Ducted Air Source Heat Pump Split Systems Tier 2: 16 SEER / 9.5 HSPF / 60% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º)4 & Energy Optimization** $1,000 Per Ton*

Note: Ducted air source heat pump split system sold prior to April 1, 2021 will receive the corresponding tier rebate if it meets the qualifying SEER and HSPF criteria, the minimum heating capacity ratio will be required.

AHRI – Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute. All equipment must be rated in the AHRI Air Conditioners and Air Conditioner Coils or Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Coils Directories. Both can be found online on the AHRI website.
2 SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
3 HSPF – Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor
4 Heating Capacity Ratio requirement is the minimum equipment performance for heating capacity at 17º F, divided by the heating capacity at 47º F, expressed as a percentage.
*Actual tons are calculated based on AHRI cooling capacity divided by 12,000 BTUs.  Rebate amount based on actual tons.  Up to two systems per home.
**To qualify, you must be an electric resistance heat customer who has also participated in a Home Energy Solutions assessment or a customer converting from fuel oil or propane who has also participated in the Home Energy Solutions Heat Pump Pilot prior to the heat pump installation. 

Visit our Ductless Split Heat Pump or Geothermal Heat Pumps pages for incentive information for those systems.

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

High Efficiency Furnace, Natural Gas Boiler & Boiler Circulator Pump Rebates

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Instant Discount
Up to $750
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Rebates

Install a qualifying natural gas furnace, natural gas boiler, or a boiler circulator pump to reduce your home’s heating costs and save even more with instant discounts.

Key Features

In most homes, heating is the single biggest energy expense. Replacing your old furnace, boiler or boiler circulator pump with new high-efficiency heating equipment can take a bite out of your energy costs, plus make your home more comfortable.

A furnace or boiler's efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) which tells you what percent of fuel is converted to useful heat for your home. The higher the AFUE, the more heat you get for your heating dollar. Older furnace and boiler systems have efficiencies in the range of 56 to 70 percent. High-efficiency heating systems achieve efficiencies as high as 97 percent, converting nearly all the fuel to useful heat for your home.

For more information on high efficiency systems please visit the U.S. Department of Energy website. The site also features an easy-to-use table showing what you could save when you upgrade to an energy-efficient system.

Before you invest in a new furnace, boiler, or boiler circulator pump make your home as energy efficient as possible. Improving insulation and sealing air leaks to stop heat loss may allow you to purchase a smaller, less expensive heating system. Home Energy Solutions can help you identify and make energy-saving improvements that are right for your home.

How We Help

We can help with instant discounts of $25 to $750 from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund to offset the cost of installing a qualifying high-efficiency heating system.

Upgrade today and warm up to savings.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Saving is easy with an instant discount from Participating DistributorsStep 1

Contact your heating and cooling contractor to find out if a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, natural gas boiler or a boiler circulator pump makes sense for your home. Ask if they have done an efficiency test on your existing system and how it rated.

Instant discounts are available for customers of the following utilities:

Eversource       UI           CNG           SCG 

Step 2

Make your home more energy efficient to get the most out of a new heating system. Get started with help from the Home Energy Solutions program.

Step 3

Receive Your Instant Discount:

  • Prior to purchase, confirm your system qualifies for the discount with your HVAC contractor or by checking the minimum efficiency chart on the Who is Eligible section below and at the ENERGY STAR website: www.ENERGYSTAR.gov/products.
  • Have your licensed contractor provide a quote for qualified equipment from a participating distributor that includes the instant discount.
  • Finally have your licensed contractor purchase and install qualified equipment from a participating distributor. It’s that easy!

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Residential customers of Eversource, UI, CNG, or SCG are eligible to participate.

Replacement Furnace Minimum Efficiency Levels / Instant Discount Schedules

Qualifying furnace, natural gas boiler and/or boiler circulator pump must be installed by a licensed contractor in your utility’s service territory. Your contractor can help you choose equipment that meets the following criteria:

Equipment Type Minimum Efficiency for Instant Discount Instant Discount
 $/Unit
Natural Gas Warm Air Furnace1 ENERGY STAR®2 certified 95% AFUE3 or greater and AHRI Rated with Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) $650
Natural Gas Boiler ENERGY STAR certified 94% AFUE or greater with Temperature Reset or Purge Control $750
Boiler Circulator Pump Boiler circulator pump with Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) installed on any fuel boiler $35

1 Eligible natural gas furnace installation outside of Eversource and UI territory is only eligible for a $550 instant discount.
2 ENERGY STAR certified equipment lists can be found online by visiting ENERGYSTAR.gov/products 
3 AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

 

Instant discounts are available for customers of the following utilities:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

HVAC CONTRACTORS: 

Offer your customers high efficiency space and water heating equipment at a reduced cost without the hassle of a rebate form.

The electric and gas utilities have partnered with many Connecticut equipment distributors to offer an instant discount at your point of purchase.  Help your customers make the decision to switch to high efficiency equipment by offering it at pricing comparable to standard equipment. 

When you purchase eligible equipment from a participating distributor, the instant discount amount has already been deducted from your purchase cost.  The distributor will request some information from you including the name and address of the customer and their housing type.

Now, you have the opportunity to offer your customer the equipment at a lower price because the incentive is already applied.  You saved your customer the hassle of completing and mailing a rebate form and provided them with superior, energy-saving equipment.

All Eversource, UI, CNG and SCG customers are eligible for instant discount, but only licensed contractors may purchase equipment with the rebate applied at the distributor. 

Below is a list of the types of equipment included. 

Equipment Type1 Minimum Efficiency for Instant Discount Instant Discount
 $/Unit
ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Warm Air Furnace AHRI2 Rated CEE Tier II Criteria of 95% AFUE3 and ECM furnace fan4

$650

ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Boiler ENERGY STAR® qualified, AHRI Rated 94% AFUE or greater with Temperature Reset or Purge Control $750
ENERGY STAR certified Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater  ENERGY STAR certified with 0.92 Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) or greater

$300

ENERGY STAR certified Natural Gas Standalone Condensing Water Heater  Greater than or equal to .95 TE7  $300
ECM Boiler Circulator Pump Eligible equipment defined by PAs   $35

Eligible natural gas furnace installation outside of Eversource and UI territory is only eligible for a $550 instant discount.
AHRI - Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute. All equipment must be rated in the AHRI Unitary or Applied Air Conditioning Directories. Both can be found at ahrinet.org and cee1.org.
AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
ECM furnace fans can be found at Energystar.gov/productfinder
5 ENERGY STAR certified equipment lists can be found online by visiting ENERGYSTAR.gov/products 
EF - Energy Factor
TE - Thermal Efficiency

 

HVAC DISTRIBUTORS ONLY:

Submit your reimbursements online here.

 

Geothermal Heat Pump Rebates

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
Up to $1,500
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Rebates
  • Renewable Energy

Efficient and environmentally friendly, geothermal heat pumps use the stable, even temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home.

Key Features

A geothermal heat pump takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to provide highly efficient heating and cooling. In the winter, fluid circulating in underground pipes carries the earth’s heat to your home, where it is concentrated to provide heating. In the summer, the process is reversed and heat from your home is carried back to the earth through the pipes to provide cooling.

A few feet below the earth’s surface, the ground temperature remains fairly stable through the year, ranging from 45 degrees in the North to 70 degrees in the South. Ground temperatures, like those in a cave, are warmer than the air above in the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. A geothermal heat pump taps these conditions, carrying energy through a series of fluid-filled copper or plastic pipes installed underground. This allows the geothermal heat pump to provide space heating and cooling. Some systems can also heat water.

According to studies, ENERGY STAR®-certified geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy costs by 20 to 70 percent. Approximately 70 percent of the energy used in a geothermal heat pump system is renewable energy from the ground. The systems use a small amount of electricity to operate the heat pump, ground loop pump and distribution fan or pump.

A geothermal heat pump is a reliable, low-maintenance and environmentally friendly heating and cooling choice. It operates safely and quietly, with no combustion, direct emissions or exposed outdoor equipment, such as a fuel tank.   Because it is mechanically simple and all exterior equipment is below ground, protected from the weather, maintenance costs are often lower than other heating and cooling systems.

How We Help

We make it affordable to install a geothermal heat pump system with rebates of $750 per ton for customers who heat with electric or natural gas and up to $1,500 per ton for customers who heat with fuel oil or propane for qualifying systems. Total rebate amount not to exceed $10,000 per home

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Rebate applications for 2020 rebates are being accepted and processed for payment. Please submit your 2020 rebate within the prescribed timeframe on the rebate form. Please contact Eversource or United Illuminating at 877-WISE-USE with questions.

  • A closed loop circulates fluid through an underground field. The loop is enclosed in vertical and/or horizontal trenches.
  • Single or multiple pumps, fans and compressors provide heating and cooling.
  • A distribution system, typically ductwork, carries air throughout the home to maintain an even temperature.

Step 1 -

To see which geothermal heat pump systems qualify for a rebate, see the "Who is Eligible & System Requirements" section below. Refer to the Geothermal Rebate Application for Existing Homes for additional requirements, terms and conditions.

Rebates: 
$750 per ton - customers who heat with electricity or natural gas 
Up to $1,500 per ton - customers who heat with fuel oil or propane
Total rebate amount not to exceed $15,000 per home

Step 2 -

Choose a geothermal contractor for your installation.

Find a geothermal contractor.

Step 3 -

Have your qualifying unit installed.

Step 4 -

Save time and money – click here to apply for a rebate and submit the required documentation online. 

If you wish, you have the option to mail in the completed application and any documentation instead. See the application for further details.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

 

Minimum Efficiency Levels / Rebate Schedule

Eligible Equipment Type
Minimum Efficiency Level for Rebate
Rebate per ton Oil or Propane Heated Homes
(Rebate amount not to exceed $15,000 per customer)
Rebate per ton Electric or Natural Gas Heated Homes
(Rebate amount not to exceed $15,000 per customer)
GLHP - Closed Loop Water to Air 17.1 EER1 / 3.6 COP2 Minimum $1,500 $750
DX - Direct Expansion Refrigerant 16.0 EER / 3.6 COP Minimum $1,500 $750
W to W - Water to Water 16.1 EER / 3.1 COP Minimum $1,500 $750
1 EER - Energy Efficiency Ratio     2 COP - Coefficient of Performance

Eversource and UI residential electric service customers are eligible for incentives for the installation of a geothermal closed loop or direct expansion, packaged or matched coil/split* including water to water-designed types up to six tons per unit.

Geothermal equipment must be a closed loop or direct expansion type and ENERGY STAR® certified in order to be eligible for a rebate.

  • Field testing must be done under appropriate test conditions
  • AHRI/ISO/ASHRAE Standard 13256-1 closed loop systems
  • AHRI/ISO/ASHRAE Standard 870 for DX systems

 

A list of ENERGY STAR certified geothermal equipment can be found on the ENERGY STAR website.

The rebate for qualifying geothermal units is $750 per nominal AHRI-rated cooling ton for successfully commissioned geothermal systems (existing homes heating with electric or natural gas to a maximum rebate amount of $15,000 per home).  Oil & propane homes only - Rebate is paid in ½ ton increments capped at $1,500 per ton, up to $15,000 total rebate.
 

*Multiple sections and fans must be AHRI matched.

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility’s website to see what programs are available to you. 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Ductless Split Heat Pump Rebates

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Instant Discount
Up to $500
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Rebates

Need to add heat to an addition? Turning a three-season room into a year-round room? Try an ultra-efficient and quiet ductless split heat pump for your heating and cooling needs.

Key Features

A ductless heat pump, also known as a mini-split heat pump, is a highly efficient heating and cooling system that can operate at a fraction of the cost of baseboards and wall heaters. Their superior air distribution helps make living spaces more comfortable, and they are great for homes with open floor plans.

Ductless heat pumps are very effective for electrically heated homes or areas where ductwork does not exist or cannot be installed. They are easy to install as a new primary heat source, making them a good choice for home remodel projects, additions and new construction.

Studies have shown that ductless heat pumps can reduce heating and cooling costs 25 to 50 percent. Systems are competitively priced and available from many well-known manufacturers. Because they are easy to install, installation costs are low compared to other heating and cooling methods.

How We Help

We make it affordable to install a ductless heat pump with instant discounts for qualifying units of  $500 per ton up to two systems per home. Equipment should be installed by a licensed contractor that is certified by the manufacturer of the product being installed. 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

During heating season, ductless heat pumps draw heat from outside air and move it inside. Because they tap into existing heat in the air, they use less electricity to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In the summer, they extract heat from the air inside your home and move it outside to provide cooling.

Ductless heat pumps have three main parts:

  1. An indoor unit that mounts on the wall or ceiling
  2. An outdoor unit that typically sits on the ground
  3. A remote control that operates the inside unit


The indoor and outdoor units are connected by small refrigerant lines, which are installed through a very small hole in the wall. The indoor unit circulates the heated or cooled air into the room. The units are smaller than conventional air conditioning equipment and less intrusive. Because expensive and invasive ductwork isn’t necessary, installation is easy, inexpensive and less disruptive.

A cool way to stay warm!

Step 1 - Find an Installer

Saving is easy with an instant discount from Participating DistributorsTo be eligible for an instant discount, equipment should be installed by a licensed contractor that is certified by the manufacturer of the product being installed.

Instant discounts are available for customers of the following utilities:

Eversource     UI

Step 2

Make your home more energy efficient to get the most out of a new heating system. Get started with help from the Home Energy Solutions program.

Step 3 - Select your system

Select the system you want to install. Your contractor will help you select the right manufacturer and model for your needs.

Step 4

Receive Your Instant Discount:

  • Prior to purchase, confirm your system qualifies for the discount with your contractor or by checking the minimum efficiency chart on the Who is Eligible and Qualifying Ductless and/or Ducted Split System Heat Pumps section below.
  • Have your Installer provide a quote for qualified equipment from a participating distributor that includes the instant discount.
  • Finally have your Installer purchase and install qualified equipment from a participating distributor. It’s that easy!

 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

 

All Eversource and UI residential electric service customers are eligible for instant discounts.

Equipment should be installed by a licensed contractor that is certified by the manufacturer of the product being installed. Note: Ductless and/or Ducted air source heat pump split system sold prior to April 1, 2021 will receive the corresponding tier rebate if it meets the qualifying SEER and HSPF criteria, the minimum heating capacity ratio will be required.

Minimum Efficiency Levels / Instant Discount Schedules
Eligible Equipment Type Minimum Efficiency
for Rebate
Instant Discount
Per Ton*
AHRI1 Rated Ductless Single Zone Air Source Heat Pump Tier 1: 18 SEER2/
10 HSPF3 / 58% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º)4
$250**
Tier 2: 22 SEER2/
10 HSPF3 / 58% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º)4
$500**
AHRI Rated Ducted and/or Ductless Multi Zone Air Source Heat Pump Tier 1: 16 SEER2 /
9.5 HSPF3/ 58% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º)4
$250**
Tier 2: 20 SEER2 /
10 HSPF3 / 58% Heating Capacity Ratio (47º - 17º)4
$500**

1 AHRI – Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. All equipment must be rated in the AHRI Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Coils directory found online at www.AHRIdirectory.org.
2 SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
3 HSPF – Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor
4 Heating Capacity Ratio requirement is the minimum equipment performance for heating capacity at 17º F, divided by the heating capacity at 47º F, expressed as a percentage.
* Instant discount at participating distributors. (No mail-in rebate) The installer must identify this discount on the customer invoice. Ductless and/or ducted split heat pump systems instant discounts may be combined with other available residential rebates.
** There is a maximum of two instant discount incentives per home.  One incentive equals a matched assembly consisting of one outdoor unit and associated single or multi indoor units.

 

Qualifying Systems

To qualify for instant discounts, ductless and/or ducted split heat pump systems must be AHRI certified with matched assemblies in which both the condenser unit and the evaporator coil are installed simultaneously. A matched assembly is a model combination that is listed in the AHRI Directory of Certified Equipment. A matched assembly shall also include the air handler, furnace, or other component that is used to determine the rating according to ANSI/AHRI STANDARD 210/240-2008. To see a list of qualifying units, download the CT Qualified Products List (QPL).

To learn more, click on your utility’s website below or call 877-WISE-USE:

Eversource     UI

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. Please click here for information on how to contact your municipal utility.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.

What is a ductless heat pump?

A.

A ductless heat pump is a highly efficient zonal heating and cooling system that does not require ductwork. The system includes an outdoor compressor unit and one or more indoor air-handling units, called “heads,” which are linked by a refrigerant line. Indoor heads are typically mounted high on a wall or ceiling covering a three-inch hole where the refrigerant line passes through to the outside unit that is mounted at the base of the house. Each indoor head corresponds with a heating and cooling zone that can be controlled independently.

Q.

Do I still need my old heaters?

A.

While a ductless system can be used as a primary heat source, most homeowners are encouraged to keep their existing electric heating units to supplement the DHP system in extreme weather conditions or in hard to reach extremities of the home.

Q.

How does a ductless heat pump work?

A.

 

Ductless heat pumps are reversible, two-way heat pumps that use electricity to transfer heat between outdoor and indoor air by compressing and expanding a refrigerant. Using a refrigerant vapor compression cycle, like a common household refrigerator, ductless heat pumps collect heat from outside the house and deliver it inside on the heating cycle, and vice versa on the cooling cycle.
Ductless heat pumps use variable speed compressors with “inverter technology” (AC to DC) to continuously match the heating/cooling load. This prevents the on/off cycling of conventional electric resistance and central heating systems, which are often associated with uncomfortable temperature variations and high energy consumption.

Ductless systems consist of three main parts:
1.An outdoor unit that contains a condensing coil, an inverter-driven variable speed compressor, an expansion valve and a fan to cool the condenser coil.
2.An indoor unit that contains an evaporator and a quiet oscillating fan to distribute air into the space.
3. A refrigerant line set made of insulated copper tubing, which is housed in a conduit alongside a power cable, and a condensation drain.

Systems also include a remote control to set the desired temperature and program nighttime settings.

 

Q.

How is the system controlled?

A.

The system is controlled with a remote control, which also functions as a programmable thermostat. Most systems offer various modes of operation such as quiet, high or timer. Wall-mounted controls are also available.

Q.

What are appropriate applications for a ductless heat pump?

A.

Replacing an existing zonal heating system – Ductless heat pumps can replace or supplement existing electric baseboard, wall or ceiling units, wood stoves and other space heaters (such as propane or kerosene). A cost-effective electric heat conversion in a small house might consist of a single system serving the main area of the house, with existing electric baseboards left in place in bedrooms and bathrooms.
Room additions – A ductless heat pump can be a good choice when a room is added to a house or an attic is converted to living space. It can provide efficient heating and cooling without having to extend existing ductwork or pipes or install electric resistance heaters.
New construction – New homes can be designed or adapted to take advantage of the characteristics of ductless heat pumps. Typically one or more systems are installed in various “zones” of a house to simplify installation and minimize refrigerant line length.

Q.

Are ductless heat pumps efficient?

A.

Yes! Ductless heat pumps can operate using 25 to 50 percent less energy than electric resistance and forced air systems.
Three key factors account for their high efficiency:

1.Ductless heat pumps allow the user to control each heating/cooling zone independently, eliminating the costly over-heating and cooling common to central air systems. Why pay to heat or cool rooms that are not currently occupied? While central air systems lose as much as 30 percent efficiency through air leaks and conduction in the ductwork, ductless heat pumps distributing air directly into each zone. 

2.Inverter-driven variable speed compressors allow ductless heat pump systems to maintain constant indoor temperatures by running continuously at higher or lower speeds. The system can ramp up or down without great losses in operating efficiency, avoiding the energy-intensive on/off cycling common in electric resistance and forced-air systems. 

3.Modern ductless heat pumps have ultra-high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) between 16 and 26 and Heating Seasonal Performance Factors (HSPF) between 8.5 and 12.

Q.

How long have ductless heat pumps been used?

A.

Ductless heat pumps were developed in Japan in the 1970s and have since become a preferred heating and cooling system in Asia and much of Europe. In the United States, ductless heat pumps have been used commercially for over 20 years.

Q.

How much does a ductless heat pump cost?

A.

The average cost of an installed ductless heat pump with one indoor heating/cooling zone is $3,000 to $5,000. Additional heating zones and greater heating capacities increase the cost of the system. Other factors that will affect the cost of an installed system include the manufacturer and model, refrigerant line set length, installation difficulty and contractor rates.

Q.

What incentives are available for ductless heat pumps?

A.

You may qualify for an instant discount of up to $500 per home, provided by the Energy Efficiency Fund.

Q.

How long will a ductless heat pump system last?

A.

With proper maintenance and care, a ductless heat pump should perform for more than 20 years. Many systems installed in the 1980s are still functioning today.

Q.

What kind of maintenance does a ductless heat pump require?

A.

Ductless heat pumps require some basic maintenance to ensure optimum performance. In most cases, keeping the filters and coils clean is the only maintenance needed. It’s a simple task most homeowners can do themselves.

Q.

How do I know what size of system my house needs?

A.

Ductless heat pump systems are sized to meet the heating and cooling needs of individual zones in the home. There is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to system sizing. One indoor unit can provide between 9,000 Btu and 30,000 Btu depending on its capacity rating. Common indoor unit capacities are 9,000, 12,000, 18,000, 24,000 and 30,000 Btu. Outdoor units are sized to meet the combined load of all heating/cooling zones. Multi-zone systems may require more than one outdoor unit.

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