Appliances: 50% of the equipment cost
Programmable Thermostats: 3 per household
Room AC: 2 per household
Energy Star New Home: $500
Energy Audit: FREE
Lighting: $2 - $16 per fixture
Lighting Sensors: $10 per unit
Refrigerators: $25 - $100
Washing Machines: $100
Programmable Thermostat: $25
Room AC: $50
Central AC/Air-Source Heat Pumps: $200, plus efficiency incentive
Geothermal Heat Pump: Varies by efficiency
The City of Ames Electric Services offers a variety of services and rebates for residential customers interested in purchasing energy efficient appliances or making energy efficiency improvements to homes. They also offer the residential efficiency construction program for new homes that meet certain Energy Star standards described on the program web site.
To assess the energy needs of its customers, the City of Ames Electric Services offers free energy audits to any interested residential customers. Audits are performed by certified energy experts who assess the energy efficiency level of the home and will supply the customer with certain free energy saving measures such as equipment insulation and up to 6 CFLs.
Rebates are available on the purchase of Energy Star refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and lighting fixtures. Ames also offers rebates for the purchase of energy efficient central air conditioners, air-source and geothermal heat pumps, Energy Star rated programmable thermostats, and Energy Star rated room air conditioner units. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency requirements listed on the program web site. By accepting any of the air conditioner rebates customers agree to allow City of Ames Electric Services to install a load control switch on central air conditioners.
Energy Star New Home: HERS audit score of 85 or less
Appliances/Room AC/Programmable Thermostat: Must be Energy Star rated
Central AC: requires installation of a Prime Time power switch
Central AC/Air-Source Heat Pumps: minimum 14 SEER
Geothermal Heat Pump: minimum 14.1 EER