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New Ulm Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Federal Government
Low Income Residential
Savings Category 
Clothes Washers
Water Heaters
Air conditioners
Programmable Thermostats
Motor VFDs
Custom/Others pending approval
Other EE
LED Lighting
Maximum Rebate 

Lighting: $5,000 (small/large commercial customers); $10,000 (industrial)
Custom: $5,000 (small/large commercial); $10,000 (industrial)
District Energy System Repair/Modernization: 30% of the customer's previous year steam expenses
Residential Lighting (CFL/LED Bulbs): $100
Shade Trees: 6 trees per customer

Program Info
Sector Name 
New Ulm Public Utilities

Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Air Conditioning Cleaning: Discounted price of $35
Central A/C: $200 - $350, $75 for each additional SEER over 17
High-Efficiency Motor: $10 - $600
Variable Speed Drive: $60 - $3600
District Energy System Repair/Modernization: 25% - 60% of project cost
Electric Meter Hot Water Heater: $400 reimbursement
Electric Meter Move: $425 reimbursement
Clothes Washer: $50
Dishwasher: $25
Refrigerator/Freezer: $30
Compact/Dormitory Refrigerator: $10
Decommission of old refrigerator/freezer: $20
Room Air Conditioner: $25
ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Storage/Tank Water Heater: $75 - $150
ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Tankless/Instant Water Heater: $100 - $200
Water Heater Blanket: $10

Light Bulbs Recycling: FREE
CFL Bulbs: $2/per bulb
LED Bulbs: $5 - $7
LED Fixture: $10
Furnace Cleaning: Discounted price of $35
Furnace: $100 - $200; varies by efficiency and application
Boilers: $100
Furnace Fan Motors (VSD/ECM): $50
Custom: $0.03/kWh
Custom Project Audit: 50% of cost, up to $5,000
Lighting Sensors: $12 - $32
Commercial Lighting: $0.30/nameplate watt
Holiday Lights: $5 per string, 25 lights per string, up to 5 strings per customer
Low Income Program: Contact below
Programmable Thermostat: $20
Shade Trees Planting: 2/3 of cost up to $75 per tree
Solar Electric Rebate: Varies

New Ulm Public Utilities offers incentives for its residential, commercial, and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in eligible homes and facilities. Equipment eligible for rebates include:

  • programmable thermostats
  • Energy Star appliances
  • boilers
  • furnaces
  • central A/C units
  • central A/C Cleaning
  • district energy system repair/modernization
  • room A/C units
  • lighting
  • furnace cleanings

In addition to equipment rebates, New Ulm Public Utilities offers an opportunity for customers to increase their energy efficiency through the ReLeaf Tree Reimbursement Program. NUPU will reimburse customers for 2/3 of the cost of eligible trees up to a maximum of $75 per tree, provided the trees are planted in an area that will provide adequate shade to the building.

Rebates vary according to applicable sector, and some rebates are only offered seasonally. More information, including rebate applications and information on the ReLeaf program, can be found at the web site listed above.