$500 Heat Pump Rebate Available from Efficiency Maine
Mainers have begun to recognize what residents of other states (and Canada) have known for a long time: heat pumps are effective, efficient, and affordable, even in very cold weather. They also provide very efficient air cooling and dehumidication in the summer months.
Heat pumps use the compression and expansion of gases for very efficient heat exchange, either with the outside air (air-source heat pumps) or with the ground (ground-source heat pumps). Although most Mainers use air-source heat pumps in combination with another fuel source, modern units can efficiently provide heat inside the home, even if temperatures outside are as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. This benefits co-op members in several ways.
Electric rates have historically been much more predictable than the costs of oil and other fuels.
Heat pumps can be up to 300% efficient, generating three times the heat they use in electricity.
In addition, the electric grid is becoming more carbon-neutral every year.
Efficiency Maine Rebate
A $500-$750 heat pump installation rebate is now available to the members of Eastern Maine Electric. Efficiency Maine (EM) offers the $500.00 mail-in rebate, now available to state residents who install energy-efficient ductless heat pumps. The EM site includes a lookup list of registered vendors.
On the Efficiency Maine website, a comparison of heating costs for various heating methods indicates that heat pumps can be one of the lowest-cost home heating methods available.
Follow the links below for more information:
User Tips for Ductless Heat Pumps (PDF download)
The Efficiency Maine Ductless Heat Pump rebate: