Manager Connection: Rebates

By Syd Briggs,
General Manager

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric member-owners seeking to add value to their energy dollar may utilize rebates offered by the co-op in 2022.

Rebates for central air conditioners ($50 with a SEER rating 14.5 and higher) and air source heat pumps (ASHPs) require a quality installation. To find a qualified installer, visit Steele-Waseca’s website,, click on “Residential Rebates,” then “Qualified Installers List,” located under “Quick Links.”

A special rebate promotion for ASHPs has been extended to Aug. 31, 2022. For those with an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of 8.2 or greater, the special rebate is $1,000; for those with an HSPF of 9.0 or greater, the special rebate is $2,000.

Ductless ASHPs with the Energy Star label are typically eligible for a $100 rebate if your primary heat is delivered fuel, and $200 if your primary heat is electric. A special rebate promotion that expired Thursday, June 30, has been extended to Aug. 31, 2022, and will be rebated $450 and $750 respectively with an HSPF of 9.0 or greater. As of the writing of this column, $21,000 in special promotion rebates have went to members who purchased qualified ASHPs.

Rebates for Energy Star® labeled ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are $100 per ton in 2022.

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

Heat pump water heaters in 2022 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.

 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 2022 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 co-ops for qualified members who own a plug-in (PEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electric vehicle.

The program allows members to 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 call Operations Assistant 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.