Electric Water Heater Rebates
Certain Firelands Electric rebate and incentive programs apply only to electric appliances enrolled in the cooperative’s load management program. Members must agree to have a PeakBuster Radio Controlled Switch (RCS) installed on the electric appliance involved. New equipment must be inspected and approved by Firelands’ service technician and a PeakBuster RCS must be installed/tested (at no charge to the member) before any incentive(s) can be issued to the member.
By participating in Firelands’ load management program, the member gives the co-op permission to activate their RCS device during the months of June, July, August, and September on extremely hot/humid days, typically between 2 pm and 6 pm, to avoid high electric demand. Since “peak” power is more expensive to produce, controlling electric water heaters and cooling systems during periods of high demand is an effective way to save money for the co-op and all of its members. Click here for more information on Firelands' load management program.
NOTE: Some electric appliances, including, but not limited to, tankless or on-demand water heaters, solar or heat pump water heaters, ductless heat pumps, air conditioning and HVAC systems that are too old, or those not compatible with Firelands’ load management devices, do not qualify for rebates and incentives associated with load management. (Other rebates are available for some of these appliances. See below for details.)
Solar, tankless, and on-demand water heaters do not qualify for advertised water heater rebates and incentives.
NEW standard electric water heater:
- $300 bill credit* for a qualifying 50-gallon or larger electric water heater with an Energy Factor (E.F.) of 0.91 or higher. Member must agree to the installation of the cooperative’s load management PeakBuster RCS. Includes switching from fossil fuel (gas/propane/oil) and new construction. Members with a water heater RCS load management device already installed DO NOT qualify for this rebate (see below).
REPLACEMENT of existing electric water heater:
- $150 bill credit* for a qualifying 50-gallon or larger electric water heater with an Energy Factor (E.F.) of 0.91 or higher in a home with a water heater PeakBuster RCS load management device already installed.
Electric heat pump or communicating water heater:
- $150 bill credit* for a new or replacement qualifying 50-gallon or larger electric heat pump or communicating water heater with an Energy Factor (E.F.) of 0.91 or higher. (Applies only to units that are incompatible with the co-op’s RCS load management device.)
RCS LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICE:
- $50 bill credit* applies to the installation of a load management RCS on an electric water heater that DOES NOT meet Firelands’ Energy Factor or size requirements. (Members with a water heater RCS load management device already installed DO NOT qualify.)
*Firelands’ water heater requirements: Water heater tank capacity must be 50 gallons or larger, and greater than 90% efficient, with an Energy Factor (E.F.) of 0.91 or higher, based on the GAMA Efficiency Rating Directory. Water heater must be installed within the last 12 months to qualify for incentives. Solar, tankless, and on-demand water heaters do not qualify. A maximum of 2 water heater rebates may be paid per home or facility, per program year (July 1, 2019 - June 15, 2020). All rebates require a visual inspection by Firelands’ service technician.
Click here for a printable version of Firelands' Member Programs.