The objective of OMPA’s energy service’s rebate program is to assist participating member cities in encouraging residential customers and subdivision homebuilders to purchase and install energy-efficient air conditioners and electric heat pumps.
The higher-efficiency units are beneficial for both the utility and the customer. The utility benefits from the reduction in summer peaks and overall improvement in load factor. Electric heat pumps also provide additional off-peak winter load. Customers heating with heat pumps could have heating bills lower in cost than other alternatives for most (or all) of the winter, with appropriate electric rate structures. During the summer, higher-efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps help reduce customers’ air-conditioning costs.
The minimum requirements for rebates in this program are set above the minimum standards required by the EPA’s Energy Star program, which are higher than the minimum equipment standards set by the US Department of Energy.