For immediate release: Feb 01, 2010
Posted by: [LGOV]
Contact: Jay Kenworthy
Phone: 317-232-5674

Heating and Cooling System Rebate Program Launched

$150-$1,000 Now Available for Purchase and Installation of Energy Star Equipment

(Indianapolis) Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today announced the opening of the Indiana Heating and Cooling Incentive Program (IHIP) that will provide rebates for the purchase and installation of Energy Star Rated furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners and heat pumps.  The rebates range from $150 to $1,000 depending on the technology that is installed.

"Hoosiers with older, inefficient heating and cooling systems are watching their money literally go out the window," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.  "This program will bring the cost of replacing those less efficient systems within reach of more Hoosier homeowners."

IHIP is the Indiana program that is part of the federal State Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP).  Indiana received $6.1 million for the program, which will remain active until the funds are exhausted.  This program will compliment the rebate or incentive programs already in place through many of Indiana's utility companies.

"Replacing an older furnace can be expensive," said Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) Director Brandon Seitz. "When the IHIP rebate and any available rebate from a utility are combined with state and federal tax incentives, the final cost of a higher efficiency furnace, boiler, central air or heat pump fits into the budgets of more Hoosiers."

Included in the rebate program:

Energy Star Rated Technology

Incentive

Gas Furnace > 92% AFUE*

$300

Gas Boiler  >  85% AFUE

$500

Central air conditioner > 14.5 SEER**

$150

Heat pump (air to air)***

$500

Heat pump (geothermal)****

$1,000

The equipment must be installed by a Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractor licensed in the state of Indiana.  OED has provided information about the program to over 4,000 HVAC installers.  Consumers and installers can learn more about the program as well as download rebate forms and other materials at the IHIP Web site, http://www.inenergyefficiency.com/.  The Web site is also linked from OED's Web site, http://www.energy.in.gov/.  

Consumers without Internet access can call 800-573-3503 to have a copy of the form mailed to them.

The rebates are available to help offset the cost of a heating and cooling system purchased and installed on or after February 1, 2010 in any single family home in Indiana.  To qualify, the home must be the primary residence of the homeowner.   If replacing more than one technology, a household may be eligible for multiple rebates, but there are restrictions on the total rebate amount any single household may receive.

Rebate forms can be downloaded, and mailed in with the appropriate documentation regarding the purchase and installation. The rebate application must be received within 30 days of the date the equipment was purchased.  Rebate checks will be mailed back to those Hoosiers who qualify within 4 to 8 weeks.

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The Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in December 2005 as an extension of the Indiana energy office. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, OED is responsible for the state's energy policy. For more information visit www.energy.in.gov. or follow OED on twitter, IndianaEnergy.

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*AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

**SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
** *Must be  > 8.2 heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF)/ > 14.5 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER)/> 12 energy   efficiency rating (EER) for split systems,  >8.0 HSPF/>14 SEER/>11 EER for single-package equipment, incluing gas/electric-package units.
****Open loop: >3.6 coefficient of performance (COP); >16.2 EER.
      Closed loop: >3.3 COP; >14.1 EER
      Direct expansion (DX): >3.5 COP; > 15 EER.

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