Step 1: Assess your current system.
Is your furnace or boiler more than 15 years old? Does your system need frequent repairs? Are your energy bills going up with no explanation? Are some rooms in your home consistently too hot or cold? These are all tell-tale signs that it's time for a heating system upgrade.
Step 2: Find a contractor.
A DCSEU participating Heating and Cooling contractor can help you make important decisions and make sure your choices are eligible for rebates. You can find a participating contractor on the DCSEU website. Have a contractor in mind that you don't see on the list? Let them know that they can easily become a DCSEU participating contractor if they are licensed to perform HVAC work in DC.
Step 3: Choose efficient, rebate-eligible equipment.
Simply purchasing new equipment doesn't give you the maximum savings from efficiency. Consider ENERGY STAR systems to get more out of your energy dollar. The higher the annual fuel use efficiency (AFUE) the more efficient the system. See the difference in energy costs below (based on savings from natural gas boilers).
The DCSEU offers rebates on over 300 models of energy efficient heating systems. Explore lists of qualifying equipment on the DCSEU website.
Step 4: Get your rebate.
The DCSEU offers rebates up to $750 to help offset the increased cost of high-efficiency heating systems. You can obtain a rebate form from your contractor to complete and mail or email to the DCSEU. You can also apply for your rebate online.
Step 5: Enjoy the comfort and energy savings that come with your new equipment!