New info for water heater, heat pump rebates

April 4, 2016

Heartland offers rebates for the purchase and installation of electric water heaters, air source heat pumps, and ground source heat pumps. From time-to-time, Heartland adjusts the rebate efficiency qualifications in order to complement changes in efficiency standards established by the federal government or by Energy Star.

Effective April 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a new rule which increased the efficiency ratings for all types of water heaters; electric, natural gas, and propane. The efficiency rating for electric water heaters has been set at such an efficient level that Heartland will no longer require a minimum efficiency, or EF rating, to qualify for a rebate.

Therefore, all electric water heaters installed after April 16, 2016 shall not be required to have a minimum EF rating in order to be eligible for a rebate. The rebate amount shall remain the same, which is $200 for a limited warranty electric water heater and $300 for a lifetime warranty electric water heater. On-demand (tankless) water heaters will continue to not be eligible for a rebate.

In addition, effective September 15, 2015, Energy Star increased the efficiency standard (SEER) for air source heat pumps. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. To reflect the change in efficiency standards, effective April 16, 2016, Heartland will require air source heat pumps to be Energy Star certified and have a minimum SEER of 14.5 in order to receive a rebate in the amount of $150 per ton. Air source heat pumps with a SEER of 16 will receive a rebate in the amount of $200 per ton, and air source heat pumps with a SEER of 17 or greater will receive a rebate in the amount of $250 per ton.

If you have any questions about the changes, please give us a call at 1-800-835-9586.