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Duke Energy (Electric) - Commercial/Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Savings Category 
Equipment Insulation
Water Heaters
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Heat Pumps
Air conditioners
Heat recovery
Compressed air
Programmable Thermostats
Motor VFDs
Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
Custom/Others pending approval
Other EE
Food Service Equipment
Vending Machine Controls
Personal Computing Equipment
LED Lighting
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Maximum Rebate 

50% of cost in many cases
Commercial and Industrial: $50,000/facility per year

Program Info
Sector Name 
Duke Energy
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Custom Incentives: 50%
T8/T5 Fluorescent Fixtures: $3-$20
T5/T8 Fluorescent High Bay Fixtures: $55-$175
CFL High Bay Fixtures: $75
CFL Bulbs: $1.50 - $5
Screw-In CFL Fixtures: $10
LED Exit Signs: $12/sign
LED Case Lighting: $50/door; $10/sensor
LED Traffic Signals: $12.50-$25
LED Bulbs/Downlights: $10
Light Tube: $100
Ceramic Metal Halide Fixture (Halogen Replacement): $30
Pulse Star Metal Halide Fixture (HID Replacement): $50
Ceramic Metal Halide (Incandescent Flood Light Replacement): $10
Occupancy Sensors: $40-$60/sensor
LED Exterior/Garage Fixtures: $40 - $400
Air Conditioners: $20-$40/ton
Heat Pumps: $20-$35/ton
Room/Sleeve A/C Units: $25-$80/unit
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $2,000-$9,000/unit
Programmable Thermostats: $50/unit
Guest Room Energy Management Systems: $80
Window Film: $1/sq. ft.
Chillers: $5-$30/ton + additional incentives depending on full load kW/ton and EER
Chiller Tune Ups: $4/ton
Thermal Storage Units: $190/kW shifted
Pumps: $122-$400/pump
Motors: $4 - $10/HP
VFDs: $40/HP (for process pumping); $100/HP (applied to HVAC equipment)
Barrel Wraps: $1/ton
Pellet Dryer Duct Insulation: $13-$40/foot
Engineered Compressed Air Nozzles: $20/unit
Vending Equipment Controllers: $50
Head Pressure Controls: $60/door
Anti-Sweat Heater Controls: $40/door
Display Night Cover: $5/ln. ft.
Commercial Refrigerator: $50-$125
Ice Machines: $150-$500
Cooking Equipment: $150-$1000/unit


Due to new federal standards, Duke Enegry Ohio will cease to offer incentives for most standard T8s and all T5 fixtures replacing T12 fixtures. Contact Duke Energy Ohio for additional eligiblilty details for T5 and T8 Fixtures.

Duke Energy’s Smart $aver Incentive program offers rebates to non-residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in commercial/industrial facilities. All Duke Energy Ohio nonresidential electric customers are eligible, except those that have elected to opt out of the Energy Efficiency Rider. Rebates are available for a wide range of equipment including lighting, heating and cooling equipment, chillers and thermal storage units, pumps, VFDs, process equipment, and food service equipment. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards defined on the program applications. To receive the rebates, customers should submit a completed application within 90 days after the equipment is installed and operational.

Custom applications for up to 50% of cost on any electricity saving device can be sent to Three levels of energy assessments are available for commercial customers: online, over the phone, and on-site visits by an energy professional providing a report with paybacks. The on-site visits require a fee which can be recouped within the Smart $aver Incentives program; to begin, customers can contact  For customers who could not receive Smart $aver rebates for projects administered in the past 3 years, the Mercantile Self Direct Rebates are available.  Demand response programs are also available, providing rewards and load curtailment via a dedicated web portal for each commercial customer.