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[2019] Northwest Arkansas Utility Rebates: A Complete List (And How to Get Them)

Last updated: April 16, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

2019 has arrived — and brought with it a huge increase in utility rebates.

If you live in Northwest Arkansas, have SWEPCO or Black Hills Energy, and you've never gotten a rebate from either, you're missing out on free money.

See, utilities often pay people to do things that save them money. And generally speaking, the thing that saves them the most money is you reducing your energy usage.

Why?

Well, when you reduce your energy usage, it allows the utility to serve more people with the same amount of power plants, solar panels, etc. And considering that even a small power plant costs hundreds of millions of dollars to build, squeezing every last drop of usage out of them is pretty important to the utilities.

That stuff you probably knew. What you most likely don’t know is that the rebates the utilities use to incentivize people to reduce energy usage are paid for by additions to your monthly bill, regardless of whether or not you use them. Yes, you read that correctly.

So if you are a customer of either SWEPCO or Black Hills Energy, it’s in your interest to take a long look at the rebates below to determine if you’re eligible for any of them. At least two of them are absolute no-brainers worth hundreds of dollars that almost everyone reading this can and should redeem (the thermostat ones).

Note: Many of these rebates end when the available budget for it runs out. Always call your utility to verify a rebate is still active before doing anything (a heads up to us so we can update this page would be much appreciated as well).

Rebates for installing an energy efficient product

SWEPCO

  • Energy Efficient Heat Pump
    • Rebate amount: up to $2,200
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the unit and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here (we're one as well).
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor (of which we’re one)
      • Must be at least a 15 SEER
  • Energy Efficient A/C Unit
    • Rebate amount: up to $1,400
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the unit and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here (we're one as well).
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor (of which we’re one)
      • Must be at least a 15 SEER
  • Smart Thermostat
    • Rebate amount: $100 per thermostat
    • How to get it: Buy a smart thermostat, install it, and then submit this form along with a receipt showing proof of purchase.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be ENERGY STAR certified
      • Two per home or apartment
      • Must submit receipt within 90 days of installation

Note: Want the smart thermostat rebate but don't feel comfortable installing one yourself? We offer smart thermostat installation for $99 (if you provide the thermostat) or $249 (if we provide a Nest Smart Thermostat).

  • ENERGY STAR Windows
    • Rebate amount: $2/sq. ft. of window
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the windows and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Existing windows must be non low-E window clear glass
      • Must install ENERGY STAR window for climate zone
  • ENERGY STAR Pool Pumps
    • Rebate amount: $250
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the pool pump and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Must currently have single speed pool pump
      • Must be ENERGY STAR certified (variable speed)

Black Hills Energy

  • Natural Gas Forced-Air Furnace
    • Rebate amount: $500
    • How to get it: Have a contractor install the furnace. Then, submit this form along with an invoice showing proof of purchase.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be rated 95% or higher AFUE
      • Rebate offer applies only to new natural gas furnaces
      • If the furnace being replaced is electric or is a heat pump, no rebate is available
      • Must submit invoice within 90 days of installation
  • Tankless Water Heater
    • Rebate amount: $300
    • How to get it: Have a contractor install the water heater. Then, submit this form along with an invoice showing proof of purchase.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be rated .90 UEF or higher
      • One per account
      • Rebate offer applies only to new natural gas water heaters
      • If the water heater being replaced is electric, no rebate is available
  • Smart Thermostat
    • Rebate amount: $100 per thermostat
    • How to get it: Buy a smart thermostat, install it, and then submit this form along with a receipt showing proof of purchase.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be a Nest or ecobee
      • Two per account
      • Must submit receipt within 90 days of installation

Note: Want the smart thermostat rebate but don't feel comfortable installing one yourself? We offer smart thermostat installation for $99 (if you provide the thermostat) or $249 (if we provide a Nest Smart Thermostat).

Rebates for services

SWEPCO

  • A/C Tune-up
    • Rebate amount: up to $150
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor perform the tune-up and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here (we're one as well).
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor (of which we’re one)
      • System must be more than a year old
      • Can't have had “CoolSaver” tune-up in last 5 years
  • Ceiling Insulation
    • Rebate amount: up to $0.25/sq. ft.
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the ceiling insulation and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Current insulation must have a Base R-value <22
      • Must use at least R-38
  • Attic Knee Wall Insulation
    • Rebate amount: $0.15/sq. ft. of knee wall insulated
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the attic knee wall insulation and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Must have none installed currently
      • Must use at least R-19
  • Air Infiltration
    • Rebate amount: $.12/cubic feet per minute reduction
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the air infiltration and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • <1.25 air changes/hr & >building air tightness limit
      • >20% reduction at CFM50
  • Duct Insulation
    • Rebate amount: $0.50/linear ft. of insulated duct
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the duct insulation and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Must currently have either “failed” or no duct insulation
      • Metal ducts only
      • Must use at least R-5.6
  • Duct Sealing
    • Rebate amount: $1.25/cubic feet per minute reduction
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the duct sealing and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Existing system must allow <40% total fan flow & >80 CFM25
      • New duct sealing must provide more than 25% reduction
  • Wall Insulation
    • Rebate amount: $0.15/sq. ft.
    • How to get it: Have an approved contractor install the wall insulation and submit the paperwork. You can find a list of approved contractors here.
    • Requirements:
      • Must be installed by an approved contractor
      • Can’t have existing wall insulation
      • Must install at least R-13

Black Hills Energy

None at the current time

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