Residential Rebates

It pays to save energy with Benton REA and our rebate programs! We want to help you achieve energy efficiency and comfort in your home. Contact our member services department when planning purchases that will upgrade your efficiency. Benton REA is your trusted energy partner.

Completed rebate applications can be dropped off at any Benton REA office or mailed to:

Benton REA
Attn: Rebates
PO Box 1150
Prosser, WA 99350

When shopping for a new appliance, look for the Energy Guide Label, the yellow tag you’ll find attached to most appliances. For the best energy saving, choose a model with the lowest estimated use shown on the EnergyGuide Label, plus the presence of the Energy Star® logo.

For questions and advice on lowering your energy bills, contact our member services department at 509-786-8265.

Currently Available Residential Efficiency Rebates

 
Efficiency LevelHomes with an electric water heaterHomes with a gas water heater
New CEE Advanced Tier, Energy Star Rated$50 Rebate$45 Rebate
New CEE Tier 2 Level, Energy Star Rated$45 Rebate$40 Rebate
New Energy Star Rated$35 Rebate$30 Rebate

All front-loader Energy Star rated clothes washers qualify. Top-loader Energy Star rated clothes washers must have an IMEF ≥ 2.76 to qualify.

If you are not sure whether your new appliance qualifies as Energy Star rated, visit the BPA Energy Efficient Appliance Guide or call Benton REA at 509-786-8265.

Efficiency LevelMember Rebate
New BPA Tier 3 Level, Energy Star Rated$175
New BPA Tier 2 Level, Energy Star Rated$125
New BPA Tier 1 Level, Energy Star Rated$75
Energy Star Rated$50

If you are not sure whether your new appliance qualifies as Energy Star ratedvisit the BPA Energy Efficient Appliance Guide or call Benton REA at 509-786-8265.

Benton REA members who currently have an electric heat source can receive up to $175 with the purchase of one of the following smart thermostats:

  • Nest 3rd Generation
  • Nest E
  • ecobee3 (not ecobee3 lite)
  • ecobee4
  • ecobee smart thermostat with voice control (not ecobee lite)

Once purchased, members can choose to self-install their smart thermostat or hire a professional. To view a list of qualifying heat pump certified installers near you, visit https://ptcs.bpa.gov/FindContractor.aspx  or download the list included with the Professionally-Installed Smart Thermostat Rebate Form below.

Installation TypeMember Rebate
Self-Installed$150
Professionally Installed$175

This rebate is available for existing and new construction single-family, manufactured and multifamily homes. Limit two per household. Thermostats that control cooling-only systems are not eligible for an incentive. Members must apply for the rebate within six months of purchase date to qualify.

Heat pump water heaters (HPWH) are revolutionizing the way we heat water. Compared to traditional electric water heaters, heat pump water heaters can cut your water heating costs in half. HPWHs work like a refrigerator, but in reverse – while a refrigerator pushes heat from inside the unit out to the air around it, a heat pump water heater uses fans and an evaporator to pull warmth from the surrounding air and transfers it to water in the storage tank.

Heat pump water heaters can be installed in a variety of heated and unheated locations such as a garage, basement or utility room.

  • Space – Most units require at least 800 cubic feet of air-flow around them, this is the equivalent of 10’x10’x8′ of space
  • Sound – Heat pump water heaters generate sounds similar to a freezer
  • Cold air – While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air
  • Size/height – Heat pump water heaters are slightly taller than standard electric water heaters
Efficiency LevelMember Rebate
Tier 1$300
Tier 2$600
Tier 3$600

Because this technology is different than a traditional water heater, we recommend that you download the Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate Information and call 509-786-8265 before purchasing or installing a Heat Pump Water Heater.

Window TypeMember Rebate
Windows with a u-value of .22 or lower$8/square foot
Windows with a u-value of .30 or lower$6/square foot
Sliding glass doors with a u-value of .35 or lower$6/square foot
Energy Star Storm Windows$2/square foot

New Energy Efficient Windows

Replace your old windows and glass doors with new energy efficient ones, and you could get $6 per square foot from Benton REA.

Rebate Qualifications:

  • Qualifying Windows: NFRC U-Factor Rating of .30 or lower (weighted average)
  • Qualifying Glass Doors: NFRC U-Factor Rating of .35 or lower (no weighted average)
  • Old windows must be single pane, single pane with “storm windows” or double pane with metal frames
  • Electricity must be the primary heating source of the home
  • Installation of windows and doors must meet certain requirements
  • Triple-pane windows usually obtain a higher rebate

Members must contact Benton REA prior to purchase and installation for a current list of qualified contractors and program requirements.

Sample Window Rebate: 4 ft. x 5 ft. single pane window replaced with .30 NFRU-Factor Rated window.

4 ft. x 5 ft. window = 20 square feet

$6.00 x 20 = $120.00 rebate

An $8 per square foot rebate is available if you wish to install windows that have u-value of .22 or lower.

Members may also qualify for a federal tax credit.

Energy Star Storm Windows

Keep your existing windows and still save energy by installing Energy Star Storm Windows. Benton REA will credit you $2 per square foot on qualifying purchases.

Because this technology is new, we recommend that you download the Energy Star Storm Window Information and call 509-786-8265 with your questions before purchasing or installing new windows.

Benton REA’s heat pump program offers members an incentive to upgrade their electric heating system. Based on your current heat source and the type of heat pump you will be upgrading to, your available rebate may vary.

Current Heat SourceNew Heat SourceMember Rebate
Older Heat PumpHigh-Efficiency Heat Pump$200
Older Heat PumpVariable Speed Heat Pump$400
Electric FurnaceHigh-Efficiency Heat Pump$1,400
Electric FurnaceVariable Speed Heat Pump$1,600

Benton REA also offers loans for installations of heat pumps and other efficiency measures where the payment is added to your monthly electric bill. Visit the Energy Savings Loans page of our website for information.

We recommend you download the Heat Pump Rebate Information and call 509-781-6751 before purchasing or installing a heat pump to find out if you qualify for this program.

Benton REA incentivises duct testing and sealing as well as commissioning and controls. Benton REA believes these measures are well worth the investment as will improve the efficiency of your home.

MeasureRebate
Commissioning & Controls$500
Duct Testing/Sealing$250 - Stick built home, $200 - Manufactured home

Commissioning and controls is available on any new heat pump installation. If you are installing a heat pump with an HSPF ≥ 9.0 and are seeking the high efficiency heat pump rebate, it is a requirement.

Duct testing and sealing can be done anytime, not only during installation of a new heat pump.

A Ductless Heat Pump System is a cost-effective and efficient heating and cooling system for smaller homes. It is ideal if you are currently heating your home with baseboard or wall heaters. You can switch to a much more efficient Ductless Heat Pump system, without having to install a ductwork system throughout your home. Because the Ductless Heat Pump both heats and cools, it also replaces the need for window air conditioners.

Ductless heating and cooling systems give you more control over your home’s heating and air conditioning, meaning you’ll be comfortable all year long.

Current Heating SystemRebate
Baseboard or Wall Heaters$1,300
Electric Furnace$1,300

In addition to this rebate, Benton REA offers low-interest loans to members on ductless heat pump systems.

To find out more information or to inquire about the availability of rebates call 509-786-8265. Learn more about ductless heat pumps including current manufacturer markdowns and offers at GoingDuctless.com.

Before purchasing a ductless heat pump, we recommend you download the Ductless Heat Pump Rebate Information.

A properly insulated house not only will keep the warmth in during the winter and the heat out during the summer, it will ease the burden put on your heating and cooling system to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.  Adding insulation to your attic, floors and walls can save you both energy and money in the life of your home.

Benton REA requires a pre- and post-inspection of your home’s insulation before granting any insulation rebates.  Inspections are free of charge to Benton REA members.

Calculate your rebate by multiplying the square footage of the insulated space by the appropriate rebate amount according to this table.

Insulation LocationStarting Insulation LevelFinal Insulation LevelRebate Amount Per Square Foot
Attic≤ R7≥ R38$2.00
AtticR8-R11≥ R38$0.75
AtticR12-R19≥ R38$0.30
AtticR20-R30≥ R38$0.09
Floors≤ R11R19$0.75
Floors≤ R11R25 or R30$0.90
WallsR0≥ R11$2.00

Before purchasing a insulation, we recommend you download the Insulation Rebate Information call 509-786-8265 for answers to your questions.

Efficient Manufactured Home Rebates

Efficiency rebates aren’t just for stick-built homes. The Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program (NEEM) sets the standard for highly efficient building specifications tailored for the Northwest climate. Benton REA members who purchase a NEEM certified manufactured home qualify for one of two rebates, depending upon efficiency level.

NEEM RatingMember Rebate
Energy Star (version 1.1)$1,200
Energy Star with NEEM+ (version 2.0)$1,400

To apply for this rebate, send a copy of your NEEM certificate to Benton REA within 90 days of the purchase date of your home. You may drop this off at a Benton REA office or mail to PO Box 1150, Prosser, WA 99350. Call 509-786-8265 for more information.

High-Performance New Home Contractor Incentive

This incentive goes to the builder of one or more homes that are built to save 10 percent or more energy when compared to a home that is built to current code specifications.

In order to receive this incentive, the builder must hire a third-party inspector, called a Rater, to evaluate the home and ensure it will save energy as projected. With third-party involvement, the home-buyer can purchase with confidence a home they know is energy-efficient and saving them money every day they live in their more comfortable and sustainable home.

This "Performance Path" is an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). Learn more at www.BetterBuiltNW.com.

Download the High-Performance New Home Incentive form and contact Benton REA's member services department for more information.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Rebates

Benton REA members whose household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for assistance with paying for energy efficient home upgrades such as new:

  • Single Head Ductless Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Duct Sealing
  • Insulation (including walls, floors and ceilings)
  • Whole House Air Sealing
  • High Performance Storm Windows

To verify eligibility in the program, members must apply online. Income requirements are listed on the online application. Documentation of your current income is required to apply.

Preferred documents to disclose your Adjusted Gross Income are:

  • 2017 IRS Forms 1040, 1040 A or, 1040 EZ -- Include only the page which states the AGI, usually page one. To protect your identity, cover or cross out Social Security Numbers on the document before submitting.
  • 2017 Social Security Statement
  • 2017 L & I Disability or Pension Statement

If you know that you do not qualify based on your annual income as listed on the form, please do not submit an application. Contact Benton REA's member services department at 509-786-8265 for more information.