Update on Utility Heating Rebates – Fall 2017
Get the Latest News on Seattle area Utility Heating Rebates
It’s heating time again, and if you’re ready to install a new heating system, you might be wondering about available heating rebates and federal tax credits. Fox’s HVAC Team has a quick list for you to consider when making a purchase decision.
Why are there Utility Heating Rebates?
Most of our utilities here in the Pacific Northwest are happy to pay customers to install energy-efficient equipment, whether it’s light bulbs, toilets, or heating equipment. The amounts of rebates do change, so it’s important to ask your Fox HVAC Specialist for the latest rebate amounts, qualifications, and procedures. Fox is a qualified contractor with our local utilities for these rebate programs.
What are the Main Heating Rebates Available?
Right now, the primary rebates available for single-family homes in the Seattle area are from PSE and Seattle City Light. Restrictions apply to all of these rebates. The most popular are:
- Ductless Heat Pump Rebates: $800 (both PSE and Seattle City Light)
- High Efficiency 95% Gas Furnace Rebate: $350 (PSE)
- Air Source Heat Pump: $350 or $800 (PSE) plus $300 for lockout control
- Electric Furnace to Heat Pump Conversion: $1500 (PSE)
- High Efficiency 95% Boiler Rebate: $350 (PSE)
- Integrated Space & Water Heating System: $800 (PSE)
For information on other rebates such as those for appliances, windows, and lighting please visit your utility’s website.
What are the Basic Qualifications that Apply to Most Rebates?
These rebates are for single-family homes, townhouses or condos (in less than 4 units), that is a primary residence and not a rental property. There are other rebate programs for multi-family dwellings (over 4) and commercial properties.
To qualify for a ductless heat pump rebate, you must be currently heating your home with electricity – either baseboard, wall unit or electric forced air furnace. Also, if you have a fireplace or wood stove, they will measure your electric use and determine if you qualify. PSE has additional qualifications for the furnace and other products.
Are there still Federal Tax Credits?
There have been federal energy efficiency tax credits for homeowners for the last decade, which can be claimed when you file your taxes. The credits for solar and wind are ongoing and can be found on the EnergyStar website. The credits for heating, cooling, ductless and water heater products are only enacted on a yearly basis. As of now, they have ended, but Congress typically passes a continuance of those credits in their annual tax update. We won’t find out until December or January. We will post that information as soon as it is available.
For more information about utility rebates and qualified products, talk to Fox!
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