When shopping for efficient appliances, be aware of the difference between the federally required EnergyGuide Usage label and the ENERGY STAR label.
Federal law requires that EnergyGuide labels be placed on all new refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, central air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and boilers.
The ENERGY STAR label identifies appliances that operate with the highest energy efficiency. Sometimes the ENERGYSTAR logo will be on an Energy Guide Label if that appliance qualifies. See more details on our online Appliance Rebate Form.
Next to heating your home, heating your water consumes the most energy. An estimated 25% of your electric bill is used to heat water for your daily needs.
Heat pump water heaters are highly efficient. They can cut water heating energy consumption by 60% compared to standard electric water heaters. Rather than generating heat by burning fuel (electric resistance), heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another, by heat transfer, the same technology used in heat pumps for home heating. Electric heating elements are used only when needed.
NOTE: Heat pump water heater rebates are for new construction and existing single family homes only. In existing homes, they must replace an electric storage water heater (not gas water heaters).
OPALCO offers rebates of $300 for tier 1 rated heat pump water heaters and $500 for tier 3 rated heat pump water heaters. Review the Heat Pump Water Heater Qualified Products List for units in our region that qualify for rebates.
You can find everything you ever wanted to know about heat pump water heaters and promotions by visiting http://smartwaterheat.org/.
When comparing efficient clothes washers, it’s all about the energy performance metrics MEF (Modified Energy Factor) and the WF (Water Factor) for ENERGYSTAR qualified products.
Note: If you have an electric water heater and purchase a new clothes washer, you may qualify for a rebate. For requirements and specifications on how to qualify for a rebate, please call 360.376.3587.
For more information or research, visit www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/appliances and search for rebate programs that match your needs.
If you still have questions, please contact our Energy Savings Specialist.
Reduce the risk of Vampire Energy by using Advanced Power Strips, which shut off power to electronic devices when not in use. Advanced Power Strips can be purchased and installed without a professional technician’s help, and are effective immediately – just plug in, and start saving! Please check out the BPA Advanced Power Strip Qualified Products List to be eligible for the rebate.