Energy Efficiency Tips

SWCE offers tools on how you can reduce the electrical usage in your home at no or low cost. Check out the Energy Wise MN and the Interactive Energy Saving Home Tour websites found under Quick Links. Or download one of the Energy Guides located under Documents and Forms. Simple changes to your energy habits can add up to savings.

Scam Alerts

There are many products available for purchase on the internet that claim to reduce your electrical usage. Before you purchase anything, please be sure to research the claims of the energy saving product. The most common so-called energy saving device would address the power factor in your home. SWCE’s single phase rate only bills member for the kilowatt hours used or the real power. Power factor correction devices improved the reactive component of power, (VARs), which does next to nothing to change the amount of energy you are billed on each month.

Residential Rebates

Looking to update your home and lower your electric bill at the same time? SWCE offers rebate incentives to members installing certain Energy Star appliances,

Lighting Rebates

$3 per Energy Star LED bulb 2017
$2 per Energy Star LED string of LED holiday lights 2017
$1 per Energy Star CFL bulb 2017

$30 rebate residential LED yard light

Appliance Rebates

$25 per new Energy Star dehumidifier
$75 per Energy Star freezer with recycling of old unit

$75 per Energy Star refrigerator with recycling of old unit

$75 per Energy Star electric clothes dryer

$25 per Energy Star Wi-Fi smart thermostat

Heat Pumps, A/C and HVAC Rebates

$300 for an ENERGY STAR rated Ductless Air Source Heat Pump
**$500 for an ENERGY STAR rated Ductless Air Source Heat Pump, primary heat is electric**
$400/ton for a Geothermal Ground Source Heat Pump

$100 for new or replacement Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM)

*$50 per kW for ETS (electric thermal storage heat)*
$50 for Central AC 14.5 SEER and up as long as installed by a qualified contractor;  ASHP with a SEER rating of 14.5 and up are between $480-$630 as long as installed by a qualified contractor. See Residential Central A/C and ASHP Rebate brochure for complete details. Qualified HVAC installers can re-order rebate forms by using the HVAC Re-order Rebate Form

$25 HVAC Tune Up Rebate

Pool Pump Rebates

$200 for ENERGY STAR rated Variable Speed and Variable-flow pool pump

$400 Air Source Heat Pump Pool Heating – must be tested to AHRI 1160

Electric Vehicle Rebate

Chargewise $500 rebate

Home Energy Check Rebate

5 cents per kWh saved – Maximum $100 for 2000+ kWh

Commercial and Industrial Rebates

For agriculture, commercial and industrial members, SWCE offers customizable rebate programs for motors, lighting and other energy efficient technologies. Contact Doug at to learn more about the assistance we can provide when retrofitting or installing new energy efficient technology.

Controlled Water Heater Program

If your existing water heater is in need of replacement consider replacing it with a new energy-efficient electric water heater from SWCE.  We offer a free Marathon Water Heater along with a monthly credit to any SWCE member who enrolls in our load management program. For more information see Controlled Water Heater Program Brochure

Controlled Dual Fuel Program

If your residence is mainly heated using electric heat, air source or ground source heat pumps, SWCE can help reduce the cost of operation when you join SWCE load management program. Controllable electric heating sources can qualify for a reduced electrical rate provided a backup heat source is available. See the Controlled Dual Fuel Program Brochure for more information.

Curtailment and Interruptible Program

For agriculture, commercial and industrial accounts with monthly demand greater than 50 kW, SWCE has load management program rates that can significantly lower your overall electric rate. SWCE’s Interruptible and Curtailment program requires accounts to shed at least 50 kW of their load during peak usage time throughout the year when called upon. Those accounts would either curtail their usage or use generator back-up as the main power source during the control period. See the Curtailment and Interruptible Program Rules for more information contact the SWCE Operations Division.