The end of summer is when people in Ocean City, Avalon, and other shore points start thinking less about their air conditioners and more about their heaters. Or, at least, they should. The bad news is, some of those units will need replacing. The good news is, NJ Clean Energy offers rebates on new energy-efficient furnaces, boilers,water heaters and ductless mini splits. The offers range from $300 to $2,000.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to apply for the money-back offers. But, you need to know where to find them, and what kinds of models qualify.
Ultimately, that means, with a little homework, you can do your part for the environment while also cutting your expenses.
If you’re in the market for a new gas heater, oil furnace or water heater in Ocean City, Marmora, Avalon, Stone Harbor, or anywhere on the Jersey shore, then you’re in the right spot. In this blog we’ll cover:
- Available rebates in southern New Jersey
- What models qualify
- How much you can get back
- How to apply
Replacing a heater in Ocean City, NJ
Whether you’re a year-round resident or own a second home here, replacing a worn-out or broken-down heater is important. Jersey Shore winters are getting colder and colder. Even if you’re not around for them, you’ll at least your home heated. This way, your pipes don’t freeze or, even worse, burst.
And, if you can take care of it before the cold weather kicks in, you’ll be in better shape. This way, you’re not making a last-minute purchase on a big-ticket item. And, you avoid risking thousands of dollars in water damage from burst pipes.
That’s also why it’s a good idea to get a tune-up at the beginning of fall. This way, you’ll know ahead of time if your heater will make it through the winter.
And, if it’s time for replacement, it’s also time to look into ways you can save money on your purchase.
NJ Clean Energy Rebates for Heaters
In the Garden State, NJ Clean Energy works with energy providers including South Jersey Gas and Atlantic City Electric to offer rebates for new heaters in South Jersey and along the shore.
At a glance, these include:
- $250 to $500 for gas furnaces
- $700 to $950 for water heaters and gas furnaces
- $300 for boilers
- $700 for boilers and water heaters
Then, there’s the overall Home Performance With Energy Star program. It starts with an energy audit to see how you can improve indoor air quality and lower your energy bills.
From there, you’re eligible for up to $4,000 in incentives to make improvements to your home.
These figures are valid for anything you buy from now through June 30, 2020. But, if you want to take advantage of them, you have to choose the right new appliances.
After all, the idea here is to get you to reduce your carbon footprint and use less energy (which means lower bills for you).
So, the program includes qualifications for energy-efficient equipment.
AFUE Ratings and How They Affect Rebates
AFUE stands for “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.” It measures how much fuel your heater uses to produce heat versus how much gets lost through the exhaust process.
The higher the ratings, expressed as a percentage, the less fuel you lose.
And, believe it or not, finding models that used just over half the fuel they processed for heat were pretty common a few decades ago.
But, those models won’t fly for the rebate program. In fact, they wouldn’t anywhere. Today, a new gas furnace, for instance, needs a 78 rating or higher.
And, for NJ Clean Energy, that won’t cut it, either. Gas furnaces need either 95 or 97 percent AFUE. Oil furnaces need 85 percent.
Energy Star and NJ Clean Energy Rebates
The high ratings mean these models are also Energy Star-certified. Energy Star is a federal program run by the EPA. To get certified, an appliance must use less energy than a comparable model that produces the same results.
As a general rule of thumb, a heater, or air conditioner or other appliance that meets Energy Star standards also meet the Clean Energy qualifications to get you a rebate.
You’ve probably seen the Energy Star logo online or on products. It looks like this:
Or, there’s the yellow label that tells you if the appliance is certified. It also tells you approximately how much energy it saves you annually.
Water heaters, UEF and Capacity
Next, are water heaters. Instead of AFUE, we look at Uniform Energy Factor or UEF. This measure uses a consistent set of standards from the US Department of Energy to measure the efficiency of water heaters.
Before this, various manufacturers used different measures for how much energy it took their models to heat the water and keep it warm. That made it difficult, if not impossible, to compare your options.
So, the UEF rating lets you compare across models and brands.
Now, when it comes to NJ Clean Energy rebates, the amount you could get also depends on what kind of heater you get.
For tank heaters using natural gas and propane, you can get $300 back on models with less than 55 gallons of storage and a UEF of .64 or higher. Or, more than 55 gallons and UEF of .85 or higher.
Tankless heaters with less than two gallons of storage require at least a .90 UEF rating.
Meanwhile, a model using an electric heat pump needs a 2.0 UEF or higher. But, you can get a higher rebate: $750, which is significantly more than those other models.
NJ Clean Energy Rebates for Ductless Heating
Now, if you’re ready to upgrade your heating system and are looking for energy efficiency, then you should consider ductless heating. Generally, these are way more efficient than gas, oil, or other electric heating options. And, you can get anywhere from $600 to $2,000 in rebates from NJ Clean Energy for installing a new system.
And, when it comes to rebates, the buzzwords this time around are EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio), SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).
In a nutshell: EER and SEER measure how well the system provides air conditioning (most handle heating and cooling). HSPF measures the efficiency of the heat pump.
You can get $600 back for setups that, combined, have 16 SEER, 13 EER, and 10 HSPF ratings. Or. $1,000 for 18 SEER, 13 EER, and 10 HSPF.
Then, you move into cold climate heat pumps. Single-unit ductless setups that meet requirements get a $1,000 rebate, while a multi-zone system can get you $2,000 back.
How to apply for NJ Clean Energy Rebates
You can apply for the NJ Clean Energy Rebates through their website here. Or, call (866) 657-6278. But, be warned: There’s a lot of paperwork involved.
You’ll need to provide a load calculation report performed by an HVAC professional. This calculation is a measure showing how much heating or cooling your home needs.
Then, you’ll need all your information plus the manufacturer and model of the unit, including the model number, and itemized invoices showing your total cost.
Next, you need warranty registration information, a distributor’s invoice, and a copy of an AHRI certificate verifying the AFUE, SEER, EER, HSPF or UEF ratings.
Finally, you need to show a municipal building permit or permit application showing you’re approved to have someone install the unit.
It can take up to 120 days to receive the rebate. But, you can check the status on their website.
If this all seems like a lot, well, it is. And it can add up quickly, especially if you have a multi-zone unit or bought more than one appliance at a time.
Fortunately, your HVAC installer should help you out with this. At Broadley’s, we’re very familiar with all the requirements for these rebates. In most cases, we handle all that documentation along with the install.
When you’re ready to take advantage of these offers for a home in South Jersey, call us for a free consultation. We’ll help you choose the best options for your home. And, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to take full advantage of any rebate offers out there.
We’ve worked in towns including Marmora, Stone Harbor, Ocean City, Avalon, and Cape May for nearly a century. And, we have a long list of satisfied customers and great online reviews.
If you’re looking to get ahead of the cold weather with a new heater, there are plenty of opportunities to keep the cost down. And, Broadley’s is ready to find the best choice for your home and every opportunity to save money on it.