Rebate Programs and Energy Efficiency Credits
In partnership with Tri-State, LPEA offers rebates and credits to our members to improve operating efficiency, including energy demand and kilowatt-hour use, across the cooperative’s power supply network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Improved efficiency helps reduce costs for all members.
We offer several rebate programs for residential members and commercial rebates for commercial members. The graphic below provides an overview of ALL our offerings and detailed rebate program information is contained within the sections below. Select the program links for complete rebate details including program requirements and applications.
Residential LED Light Bulb Rebate Program
When you purchase energy-efficient LED light bulbs, LPEA will reimburse you 50% of the cost of bulbs purchased, up to $8 per/bulb.
Program Requirements: Please complete both pages of the application below with the following items and requirements and email to email@example.com:
Limit 50 bulbs per year [minimum 500 lumens per/bulb]. LED fixtures with multiple light sources are considered to be one fixture.
Submit a photo of the ‘lighting facts’ portion of the box for each different type of light purchased.
Include copies of all receipts for all purchases.
Application must be submitted within 120 days of purchase.
LED Lighting Rebates for Commercial Members
Thank you for your interest in LPEA's 2021 Commercial LED Retrofit Rebates and the application process. Rebates are available for small and large commercial LPEA members installing energy efficient LED lighting as retrofits and new construction. The amounts vary, depending on multiple factors. To learn more, click on the link below:
LPEA’s 2021 Commercial Retrofit LED Lighting Rebates
*If the project includes the replacement T12 lights, a pre-inspection is required to qualify for additional rebate funds. Contact LPEA before the project begins and we can review this process with you.
The instructions for completing the application are as follows:
- The first tab of this worksheet requests general "Application Information" including the LPEA account number for the service location where the LED Lighting project occurs.
- The second tab of the worksheet "Submission Form" requests the specific lighting installation information - the LED product quantity and LED product cost to the account holder - with this information the estimated kilowatt savings and rebate amount is calculated.
- The third tab is a simple payback calculation and does not require any input.
- Copy of the Paid Invoice(s) for the LED Lights listing the quantity and the price per item
- Spec Sheets for each type of LED Light
- Completion Date of the LED Lighting Installation
- 2-3 pictures of the LED lights installed
LPEA will need to perform a final inspection and site visit when the COVID restrictions are lifted. Also, an LED Lighting Rebate is considered to be miscellaneous income and requires that LPEA receive an IRS W-9 form from the account holder. For your convenience, here is that form:
Below is the rebate form for new construction.
Please submit your rebate application and documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or email to one of the below staff. If you need any assistance with completing the rebate application or if you have any questions, please Sue Maxwell directly.
Disposal of Retrofitted Bulbs
As a reminder, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requires all lighting materials be recycled and disposed of properly. Many commonly used light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and other metals. These bulbs include fluorescent, compact fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, mercury vapor and metal halide lamps.
Mercury-containing lamps generated by businesses and other non-household facilities, such as schools and government agencies are regulated by the CDPHE as hazardous wastes. As such, these wastes must follow State hazardous waste regulations for proper management and disposal and cannot be disposed of in the trash since municipal solid waste landfills in Colorado are not permitted to accept any quantity of nonresidential hazardous waste. For this reason, putting bulbs in your dumpster could result in a significant fine.
Therefore, it is necessary for the business being retrofitted or their electrical contractor to select a recycler that will best serve their needs and provide assurance that waste lamps are properly managed.
Below are bulb recycling opportunities in our area:
City of Durango. For information: co-durango.civicplus.com/711/Fluorescent-Light-Bulbs
Home Depot Durango (970) 259-7954
Kroeger's Ace Hardware in Durango (970) 247-0660
Bright Ideas Bulb Recycling (513) 504-6887. Collection route is about once a month
Safety Kleen (800) 323-5040. Collection route is about every two weeks
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection event takes place occasionally in Durango. Special accommodations will be made for commercial hazardous waste disposal. Information on that event can be found at co-durango.civicplus.com/373/Household-Hazardous-Waste
To learn more about LPEA’s rebate programs call (970) 247-5786.
Energy Star® Appliance Rebates
LPEA will pay credits to our members for installing electric water heaters, electric heating systems and/or energy efficient motors and commercial energy efficiency lighting upgrades.
All credits must be requested with 120 days of installation. To verify that a specific model qualifies, visit www.energystar.gov.
Energy Star® Appliances
$20 per unit for new Energy Star rated dishwashers
$30 per unit for new Energy Star rated refrigerator, freezer, clothes washer and electric clothes dryer
$60 refrigerator/freezer recycling
Click here to fill out your rebate application online:
or here for the hard copy (PFD) version of the form:
Submission instructions are included in both forms.
The following businesses recycle old appliances. Fees vary.
- Home Depot
- Southwest Appliance
Contact LPEA at (970) 382-7170 for more information.
Permanent Electric Heater Rebates
LPEA offers rebates to our members for purchasing permanent electric heaters. All credits must be requested with 120 days of installation.
Permanent Electric Heaters
$30/kW for Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) heater controlled by timers or master control system. For additional information, lpea.coop/electric-thermal-storage-ets-heater
$30/kW for Thermal Slab heating controlled by timers or master control system
Program Requirements for Eligible Credits:
New or replacement installation
Minimum 1 kiloWatt (1,000 watts) capacity heater
Timing device required for use of off-peak hours
Installations must be in LPEA’s service territory
Customer must provide LPEA with proof of purchase
LPEA reserves the right to inspect installations
To apply, fill out and submit the following application to LPEA:
Contact the Electrical/Plumbing/Heating Contractor for installation cost estimates. Below is a list of ETS contractors in our region.
- Phillips Electric (970) 259-3395
- CT Electric (970) 259-3399
- A to Z Electric (970) 884-9430
- Durango Electric (970) 247-9144
- Apex Electrical (970) 769-1189
- K Power (970) 749-2504
- Alan's Electric (960) 746-7773
- Moonlight Electric (970) 259-0672
- Peaks 2 Peaks (970) 946-1986
- Jetco Electric (970) 749-6943
- Dry Creek Electric (970) 883-24427
- Scalva Electric (970) 422-2327
Energy Efficiency Audit Rebates
Is your home or office building as energy efficient as it could be?
LPEA’s Board of Directors approved Board Policy 367, Energy Audit Rebate Program, and program to financially assist members who take the “next steps” in energy efficiency through a professional energy audit. Rebates are now available for both businesses and residents.
LPEA customers who secure a professional energy audit and make at least one energy efficiency upgrade suggested in that audit, may receive a one-time Energy Efficiency Audit Rebate:
Up to $150 for residential accounts
Up to $300 for commercial accounts
One of the best ways to lower your electric bill is through energy efficiency. For many years LPEA has supported members in energy efficiency efforts, and the cooperative still offers complimentary energy assessments. LPEA Energy Management Advisors provide valuable information and tips for using less energy and improving the efficiency of homes and offices. To arrange a complimentary energy assessment call (970)247-5786.
The “next step” to help save energy, beyond the simple LPEA energy assessment, is arranging for a professional energy audit. Because professional energy auditors do assess fees for services, the LPEA board has voted to assist members with rebates to encourage the investment in energy efficiency.
Certified auditors will outline specifically where your home is costing you extra precious dollars, and if you make those changes or upgrades, you will likely find the “payback” from the professional energy audit IS worth the investment.
All customers within LPEA’s service territory are eligible for the Energy Efficiency Audit Rebate and will be required to provide LPEA with a copy of the audit and paid invoice. Certified auditors will also provide LPEA with confirmation of customers’ energy audits performed to ensure proper rebate credit.
Total amount of rebates, combined with other entities, such as Atmos Energy or the City of Durango, cannot exceed the cost of the audit.
LPEA has no affiliation with any professional auditor.
EV Charging Rebate Program
Electric Vehicle Charger Incentives are available for installation of private and public electric vehicle charging stations.
Cooperative Supplied Level 2 Charger Rebate
LPEA offers the free use of a Level 2 ChargePoint Flex plug-in charger (UL Listed and ENERGY STAR® certified) for home use for members who own or lease an electric vehicle (retail value approximately $700) for home use for members who own or lease an electric vehicle (retail value approximately $700).
A rebate up to $500, not to exceed 50% of electric parts and labor costs, is also available if a suitable outlet – either NEMA 6-50 or NEMA 14-50, 50 amp minimum 240 volt outlet – needs to be installed at the home.
Participants must allow LPEA to access usage information through the members Wi-Fi internet connection. The equipment will schedule charging times based on the billing rate the member is on so that charging automatically occurs when electricity costs less but can be overridden by the user at any time. Because this technology is new, LPEA looks forward to increasing knowledge of EV charging patterns and enhancing service going forward.
Customer Purchased Level 2 Charger
Members independently purchasing and installing a Level 2 charger, including installation costs, are eligible to receive up to a $500 rebate (or up to 50 percent of material and installation costs).
Members independently purchasing and installing a new Level 2 charger are eligible to receive a rebate, not to exceed 50 percent of the charger (up to $250) and up to 50%, (not to exceed $250) of related electric parts and labor for installation.
If you have met all the criteria as outlined above and in the application form (below), please complete the application and submit with all required documentation and a completed W-9 form to: email@example.com
Heat Pump System Rebate Program
|Air Source 15-17 SEER||Min. 1ton||$350/ton|
|Air Source >17 SEER||Min. 1ton||$500/ton|
|Through wall unit||$135/unit|
|Ground Source New||Min. 3/4ton||$550/ton|
|Ground Source Existing||Min. 3/4ton||$300/ton|
|Heat Pump Water Heater||Min. 30gal||$350/unit|
All credit must be requested with 120 days of installation. Please see 2021 Heat Pump Information for detailed information and requirements. To be eligible you must be a member of LPEA. Additional savings are available online through The Home Depot.
Outdoor Electric Equipment & E-bike Rebates
LPEA offers rebates to our members for purchasing outdoor electric equipment, and new for 2021, electric bikes! Eligible rebates will be issued as a bill credit and processing may take 8-10 weeks. Purchase must be made after January 1, 2021.
Please fill out the application in its entirety. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
For equipment and e-bikes purchased in 2021, carefully read the below before completing the application:
To qualify for a rebate in the 2021 calendar year, the following criteria must be met:
- Submit the application within 120 days of purchasing eligible equipment.
- Copies of sales receipt(s) are required.
To apply, fill out the below application and submit one of the following ways: 1) Email to Sue Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) Drop off at our drive up service in Durango at 45 Stewart Street, and in Pagosa Springs at 603 S. 8th Street. 3) Mail to LPEA, Attention: Outdoor Electric Equipment Rebate P.O. Box 2750, Durango, CO 81302.
Energy Star® Air Conditioner Split Systems
LPEA offers rebates to our members for installing Energy Star® Air Conditioner Split Systems. All credit must be requested with 120 days of installation.
Energy Star® Air Conditioner Split System
$150/unit, above 16 Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (Seer)
$100/unit, 15 Seer to 16 Seer
For information on Energy Star® standards visit: www.energystar.gov.
Electric Water Heater Rebates
$75 for Marathon water heaters, or any water heater with a lifetime tank warranty.
$55 for all other electric water heaters
$350 for heat pump water heaters
Equipment Requirements for Eligible Credits
Minimum 30-gallon capacity
Maximum 55-gallon capacity
6-year tank warranty
Must meet minimum energy factor rating
Installations must be in LPEA’s service territory
Customer must provide LPEA with proof of purchase
LPEA reserves the right to inspect installations
Heat Pump (Hybrid) Water Heater Rebate Program
To be eligible you must be a member of LPEA. Additional savings are available online through The Home Depot.
The HPWH unit purchased must allow for online management via a phone application or web portal. Most models meet this criterion, but please contact us at (970) 382-3506 if you are not sure. The creation of a shared set of credentials for the networked management of the unit is a further requirement to participate in this program. This can be registered to the member's email address, but you must create a password to be shared with LPEA allowing the cooperative access to monitor the HPWHs use for at least one year from the date of acceptance into the pilot program.
Heat pump water heaters [HPWHs] are electric storage tank units with a built-in air source heat pump. The heat pump absorbs heat from the surrounding air and uses a heat exchanger to heat the water in the tank instead of generating heat directly. They can, therefore, be roughly three times more energy efficient than conventional gas electric resistance water heaters.
Heat Pump Types:
1. Fuel Switching from Propane or Natural Gas to Electric HPWH – $700
2. Hybrid Water Heater Without Fuel Switch [Standard Electric Resistance to HPWH] – $550
LPEA requires a completed W-9 with ALL rebates
Rebates received from an electric utility are generally considered a price (cash) incentive for tax purposes and could be taxable to the customer or the third party receiving the rebate check.
In order for LPEA to issue a cash rebate, we will need a completed W-9 from the receiving member, partnership or corporation. Total payment, including rebates greater than $600 received during a calendar year will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service on IRS form 1099 unless the customer is exempt.
Customers are urged to consult their tax advisors concerning the taxability of these rebates and the end of year.