How to Get HVAC Rebates and Incentives in Florida
Save money on your HVAC upgrades with rebates and other incentives.
Looking to save on your HVAC investment with rebates? Or be rewarded for using your current system in an energy-efficient way? Florida’s utility companies offer rebates and incentives to ease the upfront cost of installation and monthly operation.
Three of the biggest utility companies in the state are Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, and Florida Public Utilities (FPUC). Since the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act was passed in 1980, they all have a vested interest in helping customers reduce energy consumption. The goal of this legislation is to ensure that utility companies establish energy-efficiency programs to help reduce peak demand and energy consumption statewide while maintaining reasonable customer rates.
Rebates make energy-efficiency projects more affordable. You’ll be able to decide better which HVAC upgrades to take on and how to reduce your energy bills.
We’ll review rebates and other incentives for Florida homeowners in two main categories:
- Air Conditioners and Heat Pump Upgrades
- Attic Insulation and Ductwork Replacement
Want to Learn About Rebates in Your Area?
Contact Climate Design at (727) 295-1572 or click the button below. We’re certified by Duke Energy and work with all the major Florida utility companies to assist homeowners with finding energy rebates. Our professional and friendly team helps customers find rebates and incentives for their desired HVAC upgrade, insulation installation, or ductwork replacement.
Air Conditioners and Heat Pump Upgrades
Install a high-SEER heat pump or air conditioner to receive rebates.
The standard energy efficiency measurement for the cooling capability of an air conditioner or heat pump is its SEER rating. This abbreviation stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. So, an HVAC system with a 16+ SEER rating is considered to be “high efficiency.” Cooling systems with high-efficiency ratings save homeowners more money on energy bills.
Utility companies want homeowners to consider installing a high-SEER air conditioner or heat pump. Two of Florida’s utilities offer $100+ rebates for a high-efficiency replacement or new installation.
FPL has a $150 instant air conditioner rebate that will appear automatically as a credit on your installation invoice if you meet these conditions:
- Installed in a residential home
- A completely new indoor and outdoor unit
- 16+ SEER rating
- Installed with one of their preferred contractors
FPUC has a $100 rebate to replace your heat pump or air conditioner or install a brand new system. The homeowner must:
- Install a ducted heat pump or air conditioner with a SEER rating of 15+
- Live within their service area
- Submit the rebate application within a year of installation
Duke Energy offers EnergyWise® Home for their customers, a demand response program that provides up to $141 in annual bill credits. You can enroll your ducted cooling equipment if it’s compatible with their program technology and if you meet energy usage requirements.
Cooling equipment that’s enrolled in their program will cycle off and on during high energy demand periods with temporarily reduced energy use. The potential for high energy demands typically happens from March to November in Florida.
Attic Insulation and Ductwork Replacement
Install attic insulation to save on energy costs and receive a rebate.
Installing insulation into your home’s attic or sealing your ductwork can save you money on HVAC operating costs.
Install Attic Insulation
Installing insulation is an easy fix to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. The EPA estimates that homeowners save 11% on energy costs each year by adding insulation to their attics, which helps to keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter. 9 out of 10 homes in the United States are under-insulated—especially if the home is more than 15 years old.
Duke Energy offers a rebate of $0.19 per square foot when homeowners bring their insulation levels to a minimum of R-38. The R-value measures the insulation’s resistance to heat transfer over time. Higher R-value insulation means that less heat will enter your home during the summer. If your home’s insulation currently has an R-value of 2 or less, you could receive up to $800 in rebates.
To be eligible for this rebate, homeowners must complete a free Home Energy Check and have a Duke Energy-approved contractor install the insulation.
A significant benefit of duct repairs is improving your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. When your air conditioner or heat pump system performs at its best with no duct leaks, you’ll pay less for your energy bills.
Duke Energy offers a rebate of up to $200 for their duct test and repair program. They will pay half the cost of the $60 duct test for one system, half the cost of the $40 duct test for additional systems, and the first $150 toward the cost of each system’s repair. You must complete a free Home Energy Check and have a Duke Energy-approved contractor test your centrally ducted HVAC system’s ductwork for leaks and make any necessary repairs.
Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Climate Design
Since 1973, we’ve worked with Florida utility companies to help reduce cooling installation costs for Clearwater homeowners. As one of Clearwater’s premier home services contractors, we’re ready to help you reduce energy costs with a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump installation, an attic insulation installation, or a duct replacement. To help you save even more, we offer free installation estimates and flexible financing options.
Ask our knowledgeable team about rebates for qualified buyers from Duke Energy, FPL, or FPUC.
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