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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saving Money & Earning Rebates With LEDs
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
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
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.
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.
- Company Name: Alabama Power
- Contact: 888-430-5787
- Company Name: Energy
- Contact: 1-800-368-3749
- Company Name: Energize Connecticut
- Contact: 877-947-3873
- Company Name: FPL
- Company Name: Avista
- Contact: 800-936-6629
- Company Name: MidAmerican Energy
- Contact: 888-427-5632
- Company Name: Entergy
- Contact: 800-368-3749
- Company Name: Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company
- Contact: 413-589-0141
- Company Name: Entergy Mississippi Inc.
- Contact: 800-368-3749
- Company Name: Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
- Contact: 402-471-2186
- Company Name: Public Service Co of NM
- Contact: 888-342-5766
- Company Name: Bright Energy Solutions/Missouri River Energy Services
- Contact: 800-678-4042
- Company Name: Energy Trust of Oregon
- Contact: 866-368-7878
- Company Name: Energy Support Services Santee Cooper
- Contact: 888-769-7688
- Company Name: Austin Energy
- Contact: 512-494-9400
- Company Name: TVA Energy Right
- Contact: 865-632-2101
- Company Name: Focus on Energy
- Contact: 800-762-7077
- Company Name: Golden Valley Electric Association
- Contact: 907-452-1151
- Company Name: Pacific Gas & Electric PG&E
- Contact: 800-743-5000
- Company Name: Delmarva
- Contact: 800-375-7117
- Company Name: Georgia Power
- Contact: 888-655-5888
- Company Name: Ameren Illinois
- Contact: 800-755-5000
- Company Name: USDA Rural Development
- Contact: 785-271-2700
- Company Name: Efficiency Maine
- Contact: 318-861-8430
- Company Name: Consumers Energy
- Contact: 906-635-6800
- Company Name: White River Valley Electric Cooperative
- Contact: 417-335-9335
- Company Name: Nevada Power Company
- Contact: 702-402-5555
- Company Name: Long Island Power Authority
- Contact: 516-222-7700
- Company Name: AEP Ohio
- Contact: 800-672-2231
- Company Name: PECO Energy Co
- Contact: 1-800-494-4000
- Company Name: Northwestern Energy
- Contact: 800-245-6977
- Company Name: Rocky Mountain Power
- Contact: 888-221-7070
- Company Name: Tacoma Public Utilities
- Contact: 253-502-8600
- Company Name: Black Hills Energy
- Contact: 888-890-5554
- Company Name: Salt River Project
- Contact: 602-236-8833
- Company Name: Energy Smart Colorado
- Contact: 833-372-4372
District of Columbia
- Company Name: DC Sustainable Energy Utility
- Contact: 202-479-2222
- Company Name: Hawaii Energy
- Contact: 808-537-5577
- Company Name: Vectren
- Contact: 800-227-1376
- Company Name: Duke Energy
- Contact: 800.774.1202
- Company Name: BGE Smart Energy Savers
- Contact: 1-877-685-7377
- Company Name: Xcel Energy
- Contact: 855-839-8862
- Company Name: Flathead Electric
- Contact: 406-751-4483
- Company Name: New Hampshire Electric Company
- Contact: 800-698-2007
- Company Name: South River EMC
- Contact: 910-892-8071
- Company Name: OGE Energy Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.
- Contact: 405-272-9741
- Company Name: National Grid
- Contact: 844-280-4327
- Company Name: TVA Energy Right
- Contact: 865-632-2101
- Company Name: Efficiency Vermont
- Contact: 888-921-5990
- Company Name: Appalachian Power Co
- Contact: 877-428-5427