VPPSA member customers are eligible for a $400 rebate on a cold climate heat pump purchased in 2020.
Customers of electric utilities located in Targeted Communities are eligible for an additional $400 for installing a heat pump in a weatherized building, bringing the total rebate up to $800.
Customers of all other electric utilities are eligible for an additional $100 for installing a heat pump in a weatherized building, bringing the total rebate up to $500.
A recent report found that several Vermont communities are spending a high portion of household income on energy bills. Targeted Communities is a year long program that helps these communities focus on energy efficiency and reduce their financial burden.
VPPSA has partnered with Efficiency Vermont to identify 2020 Targeted Communities and is offering enhanced incentives to community members who install a cold climate heat pump in a weatherized building. Customers of the following utilities are eligible for up to $800:
Village of Johnson
Village of Orleans
How a Cold Climate Heat Pump Works
Heat pumps are versatile and efficient at heating and cooling your home. In the summer, a heat pump will take heat from inside your home and displace it outside, effectively cooling the indoors. In the winter, it will take heat energy from outside (even when it's cold out) and bring it indoors.
Because temperatures in Vermont get so cold in the winter, it is still important to have a backup method of heating your home. How effective your heat pump is at low temperatures depends on the model you choose.
I've installed a heat pump. Does it qualify for the VPPSA rebate?
Your heat pump must be on this list to qualify.
VPPSA uses the same model eligibility list as Efficiency Vermont. Efficiency Vermont gives discounts on heat pumps at the time of purchase. If you receive a discount from Efficiency Vermont, then you are also eligible for the VPPSA rebate.
After your purchase is complete, submit your completed rebate form and additional documents to VPPSA. We will send you a check for up to $800.
Am I eligible for the VPPSA cold climate heat pump rebate?
Customers of VPPSA member utilities are eligible to receive up to $800 back on the purchase of a cold climate heat pump. VPPSA member utilities include:
- Barton Village, Inc.
- Village of Enosburg Falls Inc.
- Town of Hardwick Electric Department
- Village of Jacksonville
- Village of Johnson, Inc.
- Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department
- Village of Lyndonville Electric Department
- Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department
- Town of Northfield Electric Department
- Incorporated Village of Orleans
- Swanton Village, Inc.
Your municipal electric utility is offering this incentive to meet Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard, which supports utility programs that help customers reduce fossil fuel use from heating and transportation.
How can I get a cold climate heat pump for my home or business?
How do I qualify for the additional incentive for weatherization?
As part of the Targeted Communities effort, customers of Barton Village, Village of Johnson, and Village of Orleans may be eligible for an additional $400 incentive for weatherization, bringing the cold climate heat pump rebate total to $800.
Customers of all other utilities may be eligible for an additional $100 incentive for weatherization, bringing the cold climate heat pump rebate total to $500.
To qualify, you must submit documentation of one of the following weatherization projects:
- Completed a Home Performance with Energy Star project with Efficiency Vermont
- Received weatherization through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) since 2005 or are currently enrolled in WAP
- Received a 2011 or newer Residential Building Energy Standards (2011 RBES) certificate
- Had a blower door test performed with a maximum measured Air Changes per Hour (ACH) of less than 5 at 50 Pascals