Step 1: Assess your current system.
Is your central air conditioner more than 10 years old? Does your system need frequent repairs? Are your energy bills going up with no explanation? Are some rooms in your home uncomfortably humid? These are all tell-tale signs that it's time for a cooling equipment 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 equipment rated by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) to get more out of your energy dollar. You can search for eligible equipment on the CEE/AHRI website.
Step 4: Get your rebate.
The DCSEU offers rebates up to $300 to help offset the increased cost of high-efficiency cooling 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.