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Okay, this isn’t an infomercial on how to get free money from the government, but there are many government entities and public utilities that still offer significant rebates for consumers and businesses that invest in energy efficiency projects, appliances, and equipment.

After all, who doesn’t like to get money back right?

There are a couple websites where you can go to research available rebates that may help you recover some of your project costs..

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency or DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. It was established in 1995 through funded from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy has a search tool that allows users to filter down through a database of rebates by state, economic sector, type of product/project and the provider of the rebate.

Hopefully these tools will help you save money on your energy related projects while lower your energy consumption and contributing toward a sustainable energy future.

We’ve found a new rebate available for the good people in Boulder County, CO. The EnergySmart program is now offering up to $500 for a Whole House Fan installation. $500! So what’s the catch? The rebate is for homes with an existing AC system and the installation must be completed by a contractor in the EnergySmart program. Check out the program details here.

If you’re not in  Boulder County, CO many other municipalities and utilities offer WHF rebates. Take a look at our blog covering the full list of rebates we have found so far:

                                            http://blog.airscapefans.com/archives/new-whf-rebates

We at AirScape are happy to learn of the first whole house fan rebate available in Hawaii! (link) Offered to Hawaii Energy customers, the rebate offers customers $75 back on a whole house fan purchase and $25 back on a solar attic fan purchase. It’s great timing for this type of incentive, because summer is approaching and these efficient natural cooling solutions can help reduce your need for A/C – thus saving you money and sparing the environment.

Get them while they last, though, as the application states it is effective for purchases made from April 1st to June 1st, 2011. We hope for more rebates to roll out soon in Hawaii for all sorts of energy-saving and energy-producing technologies with the recent progress of SB 1520, which would have been left to die if it weren’t for a great showing of public support. Thanks to Hawaii Energy and the Blue Planet Foundation for their efforts to help secure a clean-energy future!

We just discovered that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power offers a $200 rebate for installing a Whole House Fan. Check out the details by clicking here.

Not in the LA area? Many other municipalities and utilities offer WHF rebates. Take a look at our blog covering the full list of rebates we have found so far:

http://blog.airscapefans.com/archives/new-whf-rebates

We are excited to find that a few utility companies outside of California are now offering rebates for whole house fans. It’s nice to see some forward thinking by these companies. After all, energy savings can come from more than just replacing appliances or installing new windows.


Fort Collins Utility in Colorado is now offering a $250 rebate for the installation of a whole house fan

Pennsylvania is the first East Coast state with utilities offering rebates on whole house fans. PECO and Duquesne Light offer $90 and $130 rebates respectively

If you are a builder in Utah you can receive a $200 rebate on a WHF from Rocky Mountain Power when building a new energy efficient home

The table below lists all of the rebates that we are aware of for whole house fans and solar attic fans (your solar attic fan already qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit). Please refer to the utility rebate website for specific details on qualifications, $$$, and application forms.

STATE UTILITY WHF* SAF*
CA PG&E $100
CA LODI ELECTRIC UTILITY $100 $40
CA RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES $200
CA SILICON VALLEY POWER $200 $100
CA GLENDALE WATER & POWER $100-$125
CA BURBANK WATER & POWER $50-$100 $200
CA ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES $100 $30
CA PASADENA WATER & POWER $100
CA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON $50
CA SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC $50
CA REDDING ELECTRIC UTILITY $150
CA TURLOCK IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER & POWER $75
CA SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT $100
CA MODESTO IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER & POWER $100 $50-$100
CA LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER $200
CO FORT COLLINS UTILITIES $250
PA DUQUESNE LIGHT $130
PA PECO $90
TX GUADALUPE VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE $50
UT ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER $200
*Please refer to utility for rebate details