As the world’s population continues to grow, so does its need for a power supply. This constant strain on resources has power companies turning to their patrons for help and even offering them money back for installing or using energy-efficient devices.

As one of the largest power draws across every industry, energy-efficient lighting is a prime candidate for rebates. And there’s no bulb that’s quite as efficient as an LED.

Although once extremely expensive, compared to their counterparts, LEDs are relatively affordable on today’s market.

In fact, in the majority of states, you can earn a rebate replacing incandescent, fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and other, inefficient bulbs with long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting.

Rebates help to mitigate the cost of purchasing and installing LED lights, and are typically earned on a fixture by fixture basis.

This means that if you’re replacing the entire lighting for a large commercial or industrial facility, you could potentially receive thousands of dollars in rebates. This is just one of the many benefits of switching to LED lighting.

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Types of Rebates

There are a few different types of rebates. And, what type of rebate you’ll receive depends entirely on what state you live in and what power company you’re dealing with. Here are the most common LED rebate types in the United States.

Point of Sale (POS) – This rebate is issued automatically when eligible products are purchased. This is preferred by facility managers since there is no down time spent waiting for the rebate to be processed.

Prescriptive –  This rebate is one paid out over a predetermined period of time, but it does usually allow you to choose your own fixture, as long as it meets certain standards.

Custom– The most complex of all rebates, a custom rebate allows you full control. Facility managers can propose custom rebates to power and utility companies, which often means a complex planning process.

 

State Lighting Rebates

The Best of The Best

It’s hard to name a certain set of states as offering the best rebates, because it really depends on what you’re looking for.

But, what you’ll likely see is that certain areas of the country tend to offer better rebate programs than others, and chances are, the answers will surprise you.

The Northeast

Although these rebates typically require a lot of paperwork, you’re rewarded well for your efforts. The pre-approval process alone can result in thousands of dollars saved in LED installation costs. If you manage a facility (either commercial or industrial) with older lighting in these states, you should be considering an upgrade.

The Midwest & The Northwest

The hardest part about receiving a rebate in these states is deciding which organization to go through. Take a different approach by choosing a product that works for you first, then matching it with a rebate program. Most programs feature simple approval processes and a variety of rebates to choose from.

LED lighting rebates by state

The Worst of the Worst

Not everyone can be winners. And, although these states have some of the worst LED lighting rebate programs in the country, they’re not necessarily against energy-efficient technology.

California

California uses legislation like Title 20 and Title 24 instead of energy-efficient appliance rebates to convince businesses to switch to LED lighting.

Texas

Rebates in Texas have the potential to be lucrative, especially for larger projects. However, the application process is known to be time-consuming and difficult. Many  small business owners avoid them for this reason.

Florida

The best way to describe the Florida LED lighting rebate program is probably with an analogy, Florida is a desert and rebates are water. The rebates are few and far between, and the ones that are offered are usually extremely minimal.

LED lighting rebates by state

If your state isn’t in the best or worst category, you likely have several, relatively good rebate options to choose from.

It’s also important to remember that even without state rebates, LEDs quickly make back their initial purchase price by saving you on electrical and maintenance costs.

So, even if you’re state is one of the worst for rebates, switching to LED lighting is still a great option.

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How to Determine Energy Savings for a Retrofit

The most intriguing part of switching to LED lighting is the money saved. And, whether that be through rebates, energy- efficiency, or a combination of the two, it’s always encouraging to know approximately what your savings could be.

Calculating energy-savings is a somewhat complicated process, and you’ll detailed information about your current lighting setup and the fixtures that you wish to upgrade to. We’ve listed everything you’ll need below. 

Original wattage per bulb
Replacement wattage per bulb
Number of bulbs replaced
Energy expenses
Daily “on” hours
Annual “on” days
Initial expense of upgrade

Once you’ve gathered all of this information, you can use this energy savings calculator to give you a realistic idea of how much you can expect to save.

Be aware that the results from this calculator are an approximation, and your final savings may differ based on many factors.

And although wattage is a good measure of energy efficiency, generally, LEDs are best measured in lumens.

Resources for Lighting Rebate Information

Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

This database was put together by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and features a state-by-state breakdown of all incentives available.

This includes federal grants and rebates, and links to other renewable energy organizations for in-depth information about how to complete your next retrofit or new build.

Contacting Your Utility Company

For hyper-local advice on lighting rebates, one of the best things you can do is call your local utility company.

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Below, you’ll find contact information and links to different rebate programs in every state. But, as we said before, there are often many, many different options.

So, consider this a jumping-off point only. If the listed rebate, in your state, doesn’t appeal to you or suit your needs, there’s a high chance that a different program offers something that’s better for you. And trust us, taking a few minutes to find a rebate is more than worth it. 

Alabama

Arkansas

  • Company Name: Energy
  • Contact: 1-800-368-3749

Connecticut

Florida

  • Company Name: FPL
  • Contact:800-226-3545

Idaho

  • Company Name: Avista
  • Contact: 800-936-6629

Iowa

Louisiana

  • Company Name: Entergy
  • Contact: 800-368-3749

Massachusetts

Mississippi

Nebraska

New Mexico

North Dakota

Oregon

South Carolina

Texas

Virginia

Wisconsin

Alaska 

California

Delaware

  • Company Name: Delmarva
  • Contact: 800-375-7117 

Georgia

Illinois

Kansas

Maine

Michigan

 

Missouri

Nevada

 

New York

Ohio

  • Company Name: AEP Ohio
  • Contact: 800-672-2231

 

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

 

Utah

Washington

Wyoming

Arizona

Colorado

District of Columbia

Hawaii

Indiana

  • Company Name: Vectren
  • Contact: 800-227-1376 

Kentucky

Maryland

Minnesota

 

Montana

New Hampshire

 

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Rhode Island

Tennessee

 

Vermont

West Virginia

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