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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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SCE&G (Electric) - Residential EnergyWise Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2012
Program Overview:
State: South Carolina
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Custom/Others pending approval, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heaters, Home Performance Assessment
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:Home Performance Assessment: $200
Air Infiltration Reduction and Insulation: 25% of cost
Duct Sealing: $150
Duct Insulation or Replacement: $150
Central AC or Heat Pump Tune-up: $60
Programmable Thermostat: $50
Heat Pump or Central A/C: $200 or $300
Ground Source Heat Pump: $375-$525
Heat Pump, Tankless or Solar Water Heater: $250
At Least One Measure from Each Category: $400 bonus incentive
CFLs: up to $1.50/bulb retail discounts
CFL Fixtures: $10/unit
LED Bulbs: $10/unit
Maximum Incentive:Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: $2500
Air Infiltration Reduction and Insulation: $850
Equipment Requirements:Air Infiltration Reduction: 15% or greater
Duct Sealing: 50% Reduction in leakage or 150 CFM
Programmable Thermostat : Requires ramp-up technology for heat pumps
Split A/C: 14.5 SEER and 12 EER
Packaged Central A/C: 14.0 SEER and 11.0 EER
Split System Heat Pump (Air Source or Dual Fuel): 14.0 SEER, 11.0 EER and 8.2 HSPF
Packaged Heat Pump: 14.0 SEER, 11 EER and 8.0 HSPF
Ground Source Heat Pump: 17.0 EER and 4.3 COP
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South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) provides energy efficiency incentives to home owners in its service territory. The program partners with the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program to offer a home energy audit and energy saving home solutions through participating contractors. Homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program can save up to $2,500 for eligible improvements. A customer can also earn a bonus incentive of $400 for completing a Comfort Home Package which includes at least one measure from three categories of improvements. Individual pieces of equipment are also eligible for incentives separately from the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Applicants must be the registered owner of a separately metered, detached, or attached single-family residence where the product/equipment is installed. Rebate payments will only be made to the SCE&G electric account holder in the SCE&G territory. View the program web site for additional details.

P.O. Box 100255
Columbia , SC 29202
Phone: (877) 510-7234
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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