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Utility rebates

 

Did you know that some Utility companies will pay you to save electricity? With a little help from our expert advisors, you could receive a hefty rebate for using energy-efficient lighting.However, utility rebates are complex, and there are many different types of rebates available for different products. Additionally, there are over 3,000 utility companies across the nation, each with their own rebate process.Read the FAQ below, and contact your local Philips sales representative to get started.

Why should rebates matter to you?


Rebates offer huge benefits to your business. By implementing lighting measures that reduce the energy used in a given space, you will save money on your electricity bill. Utility companies reward this by offering cash rebates – so you are effectively being paid to save.These rebates help to lower the initial acquisition cost of the energy-saving measures, which in turn shortens the payback period for the investment.

Why do utility companies offer rebates?

 

Utilities set annual energy savings goals, which they then strive to meet. Offering incentives to end users is an energy-saving alternative to the greater capital expense of expanding power plant capacity. It is often cheaper for utility companies to pay for rebates than to build a new power plant and deal with increased infrastructure maintenance.

What utilities offer rebates? What products?

 

There are over 3,000 utility companies across the nation, each with their own rebate programs. Rebates are available for lamps, ballasts, fixtures and controls. For example: T8, T5, T5HO, CFLi, LED, CDMi, Allstart, Sensors and Controls, RDL. For detailed information on opportunities in your area, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

Custom vs. Prescriptive Rebates

 

There are currently two different kinds of rebates, Custom and Prescriptive.
Prescriptive Rebates provide a specific predetermined dollar amount for each fixture or lamp replaced, for example: save $12 / lamp.Custom Rebates are based on the total energy savings of a specific project, for example, the amount of kWh saved from switching to one technology over another ($0.12 / kWh saved annually).
The typical Custom Rebate process works as follows (please contact your local utility for further details):


1. Pre-approval Paperwork: The measures you are going to implement usually have to be approved by the utility or incentive management company prior to inspections and purchasing.
2. Pre Audit: Often times the utility, or someone they contract with, will walk through the space to perform an audit on current lighting and determine the different measures that can reduce energy within the given space.
3. Install: Either done internally, through a utility approved contractor or another certified installer, the light measures are implemented.
4. Final Paperwork: Submit the final application with the included measures to the utility or implementing body for final approval.
5. Post Inspection: Similar to the pre audit, a walk-through will be done to ensure all the measures in the paperwork were carried out and correctly installed; the implementer of the energy saving project can often be subject to multiple post inspections to ensure the measures remain in place.
6. Payment: The utility or implementer will release payment for the energy saving measures conducted by the end user.

Simple rebate example

 

Here is an example of a retailer with multiple locations, who wants to switch from 35W Halogen MR16 to 7W LED MR16.

*Payback is based on total project cost with rebate divided by the annual energy savings
**Based on switching from a 35W lamp to a 7W lamp and 4,000 burn hours a year at an electricity rate of $0.08 / kWh

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