East Coasters Save Big on Summer Air Conditioning

From on June 03, 2011 in Air Conditioning & Heating


We see it every year. With the summer heat comes a surge of interest in HVAC upgrades along the East Coast, especially air conditioning installations. In fact, our contractors report greater interest in energy-efficient air conditioners than ever, as more homeowners try to save money where they can.

So, to help you in your quest for the most cost-effective upgrades, we’ve broken down city rebates and savings on air conditioning installations in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and New York. If you have any questions, just let us know in the comments below.

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Residents of Baltimore, Maryland have all kinds of sweet incentives to upgrade their A/C. If you’re a customer of Baltimore Gas & Electric, you can get up to $2,450 for energy-efficient air conditioning through Maryland’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

In addition, the SMECO Residential Energy Efficiency program provides rebates up to $1,412 for air conditioning installation and air sealing. There’s also the PEPCO Appliance Rebate Program, which pays up to $495 for high-performance heating and cooling appliances.

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Washington, D.C.

Georgetown-Rowhouses-DCUpgrading to an energy-efficient air conditioner in Washington, D.C.? You may be eligible for a federal tax credit of 10% up to $500 on both the purchase price and installation of your new system. There are some specific credit caps on items, such as central air conditioners, which are capped at $300. Check out Energy Star for more information.

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philadelphia-historic-homesIn addition to the federal tax credit of 10% (up to $500), homeowners in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can get help directly from PECO’s Smart Home Rebate program. Rebates vary depending on the product you install, but applying is easy. Simply fill out their rebate form, attach your receipt and receive a check in six weeks.

Keystone’s HELP program also offers low-rate, low-payment loans for energy-efficient air conditioning installations. Energy Star loans range from $1,000-$15,000 at 8.99% fixed rate. There are even whole-house loans up to $35,000.

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chicago-row-housesChicago residents are in luck. Central air conditioning rebates are currently available through the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s HomE Program.

You must be a customer of the one of the cooperative’s 25 member organizations, and the home must be your primary residence. Rebates get up to $1,500 per household, and can be secured once an energy assessment has been completed by your utility.

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boston-row-housesBoston, Massachussetts offers multiple ways to save on your air conditioning this summer. MassSAVE provides rebates up to $755 for central air conditioning, heat pumps, room air conditioners and more. Check out their heating and cooling incentives for details.

Or, if you’re a low- to moderate-income household, you may qualify for up to $2,600 in free insulation, air sealing and more under the Renew Boston residential retrofit program.

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New York

New-york-homesHomeowners in New York have two very strong rebate programs. If you’re a customer of ConEd, you can upgrade your heating and cooling system by December 31, 2011 and get up to $2,025 in cash rebates. Or, if you installed HVAC prior to Dec. 31, 2009, you can receive $400-$600 back for central air conditioning units and heat pumps.

Customers of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) that install new HVAC may also be eligible for rebates from $50 to $1,000, depending on the unit’s SEER rating, or level of efficiency. The Cool Homes Program has more information.

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