Ames Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs (Iowa)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Iowa

Name Ames Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Central Air conditioners, Clothes Washers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Dishwasher, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Programmable Thermostats, Refrigerators, Room Air Conditioners, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Energy Star New Home: $500

Energy Audit: FREE
Lighting: $2 - $16 per fixture
Lighting Sensors: $10 per unit
Refrigerators: $25 - $100
Freezers: $50
Dishwashers: $50
Washing Machines: $100
Programmable Thermostat: $25
Room AC: $50
Central AC/Air-Source Heat Pumps: $200, plus efficiency incentive
Geothermal Heat Pump: Varies by efficiency

Equipment Requirements Energy Star New Home: HERS audit score of 85 or less

Appliances/Room AC/Programmable Thermostat: Must be Energy Star rated
Central AC: requires installation of a Prime Time power switch
Central AC/Air-Source Heat Pumps: minimum 14 SEER
Geothermal Heat Pump: minimum 14.1 EER

Maximum Incentive Appliances: 50% of the equipment cost

Programmable Thermostats: 3 per household
Room AC: 2 per household

Program Administrator Ames Electric Department

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Ames Electric Services offers a variety of services and rebates for residential customers interested in purchasing energy efficient appliances or making energy efficiency improvements to homes. They also offer the residential efficiency construction program for new homes that meet certain Energy Star standards described on the program web site.

To assess the energy needs of its customers, the City of Ames Electric Services offers free energy audits to any interested residential customers. Audits are performed by certified energy experts who assess the energy efficiency level of the home and will supply the customer with certain free energy saving measures such as equipment insulation and up to 6 CFLs.

Rebates are available on the purchase of Energy Star refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and lighting fixtures. Ames also offers rebates for the purchase of energy efficient central air conditioners, air-source and geothermal heat pumps, Energy Star rated programmable thermostats, and Energy Star rated room air conditioner units. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency requirements listed on the program web site. By accepting any of the air conditioner rebates customers agree to allow City of Ames Electric Services to install a load control switch on central air conditioners.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Steve Wilson
Department Ames Electric Department
Division Smart Energy
Address 502 Carroll Ave.
Address 2 PO Box 811
Place Ames, Iowa
Zip/Postal Code 50010
Phone (515) 239-5177
Phone 2 (515) 239-5120

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"