Manager Connection: 2023 Rebates

General Manager Syd Briggs

It was good to see the hundreds of members who attended our town hall meetings over a two-week span at Torey’s Restaurant & Bar in Owatonna.

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric Communications Specialist Randy Sobrack tracked over 30 questions asked during the meetings, and I am looking to respond to a number of those questions in future columns. I have reason to believe they are also questions of members who weren’t able to attend the town hall meetings. 

One topic not featured during this latest round of town hall meetings were the rebates available from Steele-Waseca in 2023 for your residential Energy Star® purchases.

While summer is behind us, rebates for central air conditioners and air source heat pumps are listed below, and require a quality installation. To find a qualified installer, visit Steele-Waseca’s website,, click on “Residential Rebates,” then “Qualified Installers List,” listed under “Quick Links.”

                            A/C            ASHP

14.5-14.9 SEER  $50             $200

15.0-15.9 SEER  $50             $300

16.0+ SEER        $50             $400

Rebates for Energy Star labeled ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are $100 per ton this year.

Products with the Energy Star label
have met federal specifications
regarding energy efficiency.

Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) in 2023 have a rebate of $500.

Steele-Waseca is offering a $50 rebate for a residential HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM), which offers a higher efficiency rating than typical electric blowers or condenser fan motors.

Ductless ASHPs with the Energy Star label are eligible for a $100 rebate if your primary heat is delivered fuel, and $200 if your primary heat is electric.

Energy Star labeled refrigerators and freezers are eligible for a $50 rebate, only if you recycle your old unit.

Dehumidifiers with the Energy Star label are eligible for a $25 rebate.

Residential lighting rebates in 2023 will only be for LED (light emitting diode) lightbulbs with the Energy Star label. The rebate is $2 per bulb up to one-half the purchase price (limit 5 bulbs).

Steele-Waseca members who install a LED yard light fixture that is Energy Star or DLC (Design Light Consortium) rated are eligible for a $30 rebate; Wi-Fi smart thermostats are eligible for a $25 rebate; Energy Star labeled electric clothes dryers are eligible for a $25 rebate; a central air conditioner or ASHP tune up is eligible for a $25 rebate per unit; variable speed pool pumps with the Energy Star label are eligible for a $100 rebate; and pool ASHPs are eligible for a $200 rebate.

Steele-Waseca is offering up to $500 for members participating in the ChargeWise program. This is a voluntary program offered by participating electric cooperatives for qualified members who own a plug-in (PEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electric vehicle.

The program allows members charge their PEV/PHEV in their garage or carport using electricity from a specially installed 20-amp ChargeWise outlet. This ChargeWise outlet only provides energy during the off-peak hours of 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Members simply plug in the PEV in the evening and their vehicle is charged during those overnight hours at a reduced rate. They wake up to a fully-charged electric vehicle.

If you have a question, or wish to request a rebate form, please contact Cindy Butterfield at Steele-Waseca weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Rebate forms are available on Steele-Waseca’s website,, by clicking on “Residential Rebates.” Please visit to check the model number of qualifying products. 

Completed rebate forms must be accompanied with a copy of the receipt and submitted within 90 days of purchase. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. The rebate will appear as a credit on your Steele-Waseca bill.


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