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Gainesville Regional Utilities - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Central Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Whole House Fans, Pool Pumps, Room Air Conditioners, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heaters, Cooking Range, Dryer, Solar Screens
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Low-Income Residential
Heat Pump Water Heater: $200
Central AC: $550
Home Performance with Energy Star: $775 - $1400
Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program: Approximately $3,200
Insulation: $0.125 per square foot
Duct Leak Repair: 50% of cost
Pool Pumps: $250
Central AC: $300 - $550
Refrigerator Buyback and Recycling: $50
Window Replacement: $1.25 per square foot
Window Film/Solar Screen: $1 per square foot

Natural Gas
Water Heater: $250 - $350
Central Heat: $100, $300
Cooking Range: $75
Dryer: $75
Maximum Incentive:Insulation: $375
Duct Leak Repair: $375; 1 duct leak repair per HVAC system, 3 per location
Energy Star Certification of Affordable Housing: $300
Window Replacement: $300
Window Film/Solar Screen: $100
Natural Gas Central Heat: $400
Equipment Requirements:Heat Pump Water Heater: 2.0 EF minimum, Energy Star
Central AC: 5 tons (60,000 BTU) or smaller, 8.2 HSPF, 15 SEER minimum, Energy Star
Insulation must be R-19 for all non-wall applications and R-11 for raised flooring. Maximum of 3,000 sq/ft
Ducts must be sealed using mastic or a combination of mastic and mesh, pressure sensitive foil tape (UL181AP) or heat sensitive foil tape (UL181AH).
Installation Requirements:All work must be done by a Partnering Florida state licensed Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation (HARV) or mechanical contractor, with the exception of room air conditioners, which can be installed by the home owner. Insulation must be installed over or under conditioned space only.
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Gainesville Regional Utilities offers rebates on a variety of energy-efficient technologies for its residential electric customers. Rebates are offered for central air conditioners, room air conditioning units, heat pump water heaters, insulation, duct sealing, refrigerator recycling, pool pumps and natural gas appliance rebates.  GRU may require proof of purchase after installation before awarding the rebate. Eligibility and system requirements vary widely between programs and all equipment requirements must be met in order to participate. Gainesville also offers incenctives for comprehensive whole building measures through its Energy Star Home Performance Program and Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program.  Visit the website listed above for more information on program guidelines and terms.

  Information - Energy and Business Service
Gainesville Regional Utilities
PO Box 147117
Station A114
Gainesville, FL 32614
Phone: (352) 393-1460
Web Site:
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