Many products that you will find on ShineRetrofits.com are available for rebates from utility companies. That's right, they want to give you money to save electricity.
Curious if your project will fit your budget due to a rebate? Reach out to your local electric company to see what they can offer for your lighting retrofit. We wish we could provide you with a link, but there are over 3000 utility companies in the United States. We suggest starting with a call to your local electric company or government.
The Shine Retrofits team of certified lighting experts is available to help you with your rebate over the phone from 6AM-6PM MST, Monday-Friday at 1-800-983-1315. Or, feel free to tell us about your project via our contact us form and we will get back to you ASAP.
What is a prescriptive rebate?
A prescriptive rebate is when a utility cost offers a pre-determined dollar amount for a specific type of fixture that would be installed. This is similar to earning a rebate for a set of tires, where you apply for it once you have installed the new technology. A prescriptive rebate might also be referred to as an "Instant Rebate".
What is a custom rebate?
Not all rebates that would be of interest to an electric company have been prescribed and listed. Sometimes, you have to propose a rebate to an electric company. This is especially true for larger projects with many fixtures. For this type of rebate, you will want to submit a proposal and have and auditor from the utility visit you to assess the energy savings. Once you have installed the energy-efficient lighting, they will visit once again for a final inspection before sending you the cash that was earned in a rebate.
Why would an energy company offer a rebate, don't they want you to use more electricity?
By the nature of a growing population, energy companies will always increase their business. With more customers, they will need larger power plants. Sometimes for them, it is cheaper to incentivize their customers to use less electricity than to build or add on to a power plant. Electric companies are often semi-public or owned by the customers as a co-op, so energy savings and reduced dependence on fuel is typically in their best interest.
What product categories are available for rebates?
This varies by region, but we thought we would share the list from XCel Energy, one of the larger energy companies in the United States(from their rebate page):
- LED Troffer Fixture & Retrofit Kits DLC QPL Required
- LED Parking Garage Fixture DLC QPL Required
- High-efficiency fluorescent T8 systems
- High-bay fluorescent systems, replacing high intensity discharge (HID) systems
- Low watt T8 lamps: 28W or 25W
- CFL fixtures replacing incandescent systems that use three to five times more energy
- Occupancy and daylighting sensors
- ENERGY STAR®-qualified interior LED screw-in or pin-based lamps, and interior LED downlight luminaires, replacing incandescent or halogen systems that use three to six times more energy
- LED wall pack fixtures
- Parking garage T8 Lamps
- LED cooler and freezer case strip lighting (for five and six foot doors)1 replacing less efficient fluorescent systems
- Exterior LED canopy or soffit fixtures1 replacing HID systems that use three to six times the energy
- T12 to T8 optimization retrofits
Keep in mind that energy utitlities also offer custom rebates, so just because your product is not on this list does not mean you won't be eligible for a rebate. Always call your own electric company first.