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New Ulm Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Federal Government
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: $2,000 (small commercial); $5,000 (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
Programmable Thermostats: 3 per customer
Shade Trees: 6 trees per customer

Program Info
Sector Name 
New Ulm Public Utilities

Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

CFL Bulbs: $2/per bulb
LED Bulbs: $5 - $15
LED Fixture: $20
Clothes Washer: $50
Dishwasher: $25
Refrigerator/Freezer: $30
Compact/Dormitory Refrigerator: $10
Decommission of old refrigerator/freezer: $20
Room Air Conditioner: $25
Programmable Thermostat: $20
Motors: $10 - $600
Variable Speed Drives: $60 - $3,600
Custom: $0.03/kWh
Custom Project Audit: 50% of cost, up to $5,000
Furnace Cleaning: $35 (available between 9/1 and 1/31)
Furnace: $100 - $200; varies by efficiency and application
Boilers: $100
Variable Speed Furnace Fan Motor: $50
Commercial Lighting: $0.30/nameplate watt
Central Air Conditioner: $200 - $350; $75 per additional SEER over 17
Central Air Conditioner Cleaning: $35 (available between 4/1 and 8/31)
District Energy System Repair/Modernization: 25% - 60% of project cost
Tree Planting: 75% of cost up to $125

Solar Electric Rebate: Varies

Water Heater Blanket: $10

ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Tankless/Instant Water Heater: $750 - $200
Electric Meter Hot Water Heater: $400
Electric Meter Move: $425

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.