Maximizing Your Rebates and Incentives

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Billions of dollars are available for companies installing energy efficient solutions such as lighting, HVAC systems and kitchen equipment. Even if you’re already taking advantage of some of these rebates, are you sure that you’re not missing out on any?

When it comes to programs for energy efficiency installations, it takes careful attention and planning to get the most cash possible. Many different variables affect rebate eligibility and the final dollar amount that you will receive. The chart below shows just a few ways to maximize your rebates.

Optimize Timing

Since rebate programs often have a fixed amount of funds to work with and can quickly run out of money with little notice, timing of your project is critical for eligibility. In addition, installation must be scheduled correctly to allow for any inspections and pre-approval requirements which vary widely.

See how BriteSwitch got one customer an additional $47,300 by optimizing the timing.

Bonus Programs

Utilities or states may offer lucrative bonus programs for a very limited time. These programs can add anywhere from 20-50% additional funds but are not often widely publicized.

Negotiate

Sometimes the energy efficiency measure you are planning to install isn’t specifically covered by a rebate program. For these types of projects, negotiations can be necessary to secure the rebate and maximize the cash benefit.

Choose the right systems

Equipment that qualifies for rebates in one location may be ineligible in another. You need to make sure to select a product that will qualify in order to take advantage of the funds. In some areas, by using equipment that is slightly more expensive, you can significantly increase rebates and actually lower your investment costs.

See how one customer got a $55 per fixture rebate by picking a $0.25 more expensive lamp.

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Best Areas for Rebates

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5 Things You Should Know About Lighting Rebates

From making sure you get pre-approval to choosing the right products, there's a lot you need to know to make sure you get your money.

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Case Study

See how picking the right rebate program got one customer 3 times more money.

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Illuminating Outdoor Rebates (infographic)

LED outdoor lighting is rapidly gaining in popularity due to tremendous energy and maintenance savings. See how rebates can help reduce the cost.

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New Construction Rebates

It's not only upgrades that can get rebates. New construction and renovation projects can get rebates for lighting, HVAC and more.

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Expert Advice

Each year, 60% of American use a tax professional to get them the largest possible tax deduction. Why not use a rebate expert to get the most money possible?

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Rebate Pre-approvals

On average, it takes 29 days to get pre-approval for a rebate before you can install. Make sure you plan ahead.

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T12 Rebates

The number of rebates for T12 to T8 conversions decreased 24% between 2014 and 2015. They are expected to decline even further going forward.

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LED Lamp Rebates

The average prescriptive rebate for LED lamps is $9. Using an Energy Star approved lamp is required by 94% of these rebates.

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Financial Calculator

See the difference that rebates can make in the payback period of a lighting upgrade.

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Highbay Rebates

Replacing old high bay lighting with new pulse start, induction, LED or fluorescent fixtures can get rebates of up to $400 per fixture.

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