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Owatonna Public Utilities - Residential Conserve and Save Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/07/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Room Air Conditioners, Tankless Water Heaters, LED Lighting, Clothes Washers, Furnace Fan Motors, Ceiling Fans with Lighting, Drain Water Heat Recovery, Electronic Ignition Hearth, Custom (approval required)
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:Custom: See Program Website

Water Rebates
Clothes Washer: $25 - $100
Toilets: $50
Urinals: $60 - $100
Rain Barrels: $10/per barrel
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles: $3
Pre-Rinse Spray Valve: $10
Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers: $75

Electric Rebates
Dehumidifiers: $65 with trade-in of working unit
Dishwashers: $25
Refrigerators/Freezers: $25
Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling: $15
Room Air Conditioners: $25
Room A/C Recycling: $15
CFL Bulbs: 50% of cost
CFL Light Fixtures: $15
LED Bulbs/Fixtures: $10 - $20
Attic Insulation (Self Installed): $0.10 per square foot
Attic Insulation (Contractor Installed): $150 plus 0.15 per square foot
Central A/C: $100 - $725, plus $25 - $75 for each SEER point above 14.0
Ductless Mini Split Systems: $100 - $725, plus $25 - $75 for each SEER point above 14.0
Furnace Fan Motor: $125
Air Source Heat Pumps: $100 - $200, plus $25 - $75 for each SEER point above 14.0
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $200/ton, plus $150 for each EER point over requirement, plus $250 per desuperheater

Natural Gas Rebates
Boilers: $100 - $300
Furnaces: $100 - $200
Programmable Thermostats: $25
Air Sealing: $200
Rim Joist Sealing: $150
Wall Insulation: $200 - $300
Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR): $200
Heaters: $50 - 100
Tank Water Heaters: $50 - $100
Tankless Water Heaters: $200 - $250 depending on efficiency
Electronic Ignition Hearth: $75
Replacement Doors: $25
Windows and Glass Entry Door: $15
Equipment Requirements:Appliances Must Be ENERGY STAR Rated
Central A/C: Minimum SEER of 14.5
Ground Source Heat Pumps: minimum EER of 17.1 (Water-to-Air units); minimum EER of 16.1 (Water-to-Water units)
Air Source Heat Pumps: SEER of 14.5 and HSPF of 8.0 (8.2 for split systems)
Furnace Fan Motor: Minimum 92% AFUE,
Boilers: Minimum 85% AFUE
Furnaces(New Construction): Minimum 95% AFUE
Furnaces (Retrofit): Minimum 92% AFUE
Water Heaters: Minimum 0.62 EF
Tankless Water Heaters: Minimum EF 0.8
Windows: U-factor .30 or less
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Owatonna offers incentives to residential customers who install energy-efficient equipment in homes through the Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Pertinent information on all programs is available on the Conserve and Save Rebate Application. Rebates on water heaters, boilers and furnaces are only available to customers who buy both electricity and natural gas from Owatonna Public Utilities. Equipment rebates for refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners can be increased by properly recycling previously used, working units. Owatonna Public Utilities will reimburse the customer for the recycling costs if they have proof that they recycled an old unit and replaced it with an ENERGY STAR model. Rebate applications for measures purchased during the previous year are due by March 31 of the following year. All equipment requirements must be met in order to qualify for rebates. Rebates are available until calendar year program funding is exhausted.

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Owatonna Public Utilities
208 South Walnut Avenue
PO Box 800
Owatonna, MN 55060-0800
Phone: (507) 451-2480
Fax: (507) 451-4940
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