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Idaho Residential Rebate Eligibility and Guidelines
Rebate Eligibility and Guidelines

The following energy efficiency rebates are available for Idaho residential customers who heat their homes with electricity. Homes that are heated with natural gas are not eligible for rebates at this time. Weatherization rebates (insulation and windows) apply to customers in Idaho who heat their homes primarily with Avista electric. Water heating rebates apply to customers who heat their water with Avista electric. Conversion rebates apply to Avista electric resistance heat customers only.* New construction homes are not eligible for conversion and weatherization rebates. Please see description below for complete rebate requirements. All programs are subject to change and request for rebate must be submitted within 90 days of job completion.

High Efficiency Equipment

Variable Speed Motor
A $100 rebate is available to Avista electric customers for installation of a primary heating forced air system that incorporates a variable speed motor. This rebate may be combined with a high efficiency rebate. New construction projects are eligible for this rebate.

Water Heater
A $20 rebate is available for installation of an electric, tank type water heater between 35-55 gallons with an EF (efficiency) rating of 0.94 EF or higher. EF verification requires an AHRI certificate. Heat pump water heaters do not qualify for this rebate. New construction projects are eligible for this rebate.

Conversions from Electric

Conversions from Electric Replacement of Electric Straight Resistance as Primary Heat (Available for existing homes)
A $900 rebate is available to Avista electric customers who replace electric straight resistance as their primary heat (i.e. electric forced air furnace or electric baseboard heat) with a central air source heat pump OR $2,300 if replaced with a central natural gas heating system.*

Electric to Natural Gas Water Heat (Available for existing homes)
A $600 rebate is available to Avista electric customers who replace an electric water heater with a new natural gas water heater.

Electric to Natural Gas Space and Water Heat (Available for existing homes.)
A $3,200 rebate is available to Avista electric customers who replace both their electric straight resistance space AND water heat with a central natural gas heating system AND a new natural gas water heater at the same time. Current electric heat can be an electric forced air furnace or electric baseboard heat and must be the primary heat source in the home.

*Customer usage will be reviewed and must demonstrate that at least 4,000 kilowatt-hours of electric straight resistance occurred during the previous heating season in order to be eligible for rebate. Please call Avista to prequalify for your project.

Weatherization

Rebates are available for residential customers who heat their homes with electricity. Homes that are heated with natural gas are not eligible for rebates at this time. Customer usage will be reviewed and must demonstrate minimum kilowatt hour (4,000) usage occurred during the previous heating season to be eligible for weatherization rebates.**

Rebates are available for the addition of new insulation that increases the R-Value by R10 or greater (both fitted/batt type and blown-in). Insulation must be installed only where such cavities separate conditioned from unconditioned areas of the residence (livable space). Crawl spaces are not eligible. Any insulation installed outside the cavity, such as siding applications, does not meet rebate requirements.

Insulation
Insulation rebates are available for residential customers who heat their homes with electricity. Natural gas heated homes are not eligible at this time. Insulation must be contractor installed. Contractor must certify existing and new levels of insulation and invoice must be itemized with the following: square footage, R-value ratings, and cost.

Ceiling / Attic Insulation
A $0.15 per square foot rebate is available if existing insulation level is R-19 or less.

Wall Insulation
A $0.25 per square foot rebate is available if existing insulation is R-5 or less.

Floor Insulation
A $0.20 per square foot rebate is available if existing insulation is R-5 or less.

Windows
Window rebates are available for residential customers who heat their homes with electricity. Natural gas heated homes are not eligible at this time. Windows must be contractor installed. Contractor must certify existing and new window ratings, and invoice must be itemized with the following: total square footage, u-factor ratings, and cost.

A $4.00 per square foot rebate is available for the replacement of existing single pane or metal frame double pane to windows with a u-factor rating of 0.30 or lower. Windows are defined by window and frame not just glass replacement.

**Avista will review energy usage as part of the program eligibility requirements. If you use electricity to heat your home, a review of your Avista electric usage must show at least 4,000 kilowatt-hours of space heat use during the previous heating season in order to be eligible for the conversion and weatherization rebates. Please call Avista to pre-qualify your project.

Rebate Additional Conditions:

  • Requests for rebates must be submitted within 90 days of completion of energy efficiency measure.
  • The rebates listed are applicable to existing single and multifamily residences (up to a fourplex), including manufactured and modular homes.
  • Rebates are not available for seasonal or recreational homes; homes must be a primary living residence.
  • Only new equipment qualifies.
  • All improvements must be contractor installed to be eligible for rebate consideration.
  • Primary fuel used for space heat must be Avista electric to qualify.
  • Primary fuel used for water heat must be Avista electric to qualify.
  • Water heaters and variable speed motors are the only eligible rebates available for new construction projects.
  • Homeowners converting from electric heat may only receive one conversion rebate (either electric to heat pump or electric to natural gas).
  • Heat pump water heaters do not qualify for water heater rebate.
  • Homeowners are responsible for complying with all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Efficiencies for space and water heating equipment are according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
  • Avista reserves the right to verify installation of the energy efficiency measure prior to the payment and will coordinate inspection as applicable.
  • Avista and its agents may, upon reasonable notice, request access to customer's premises after payment and will coordinate inspection as applicable.
  • Rebates will not exceed 100% of the actual measure cost.
  • Rebates are paid directly to the homeowner.
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks to processing and payment of rebate.


Idaho Smart Thermostat Rebate Eligibility and Guidelines

Program is available to Avista customers in existing single and multifamily residences (up to a fourplex), including manufactured and modular homes in Washington and Idaho. Please see descriptions below for complete rebate requirements. This program is subject to change and request for rebate must be submitted within 90 days of job completion.

  • Primary fuel used for space heating must be Avista electric service to qualify. If you use electric to heat your home, a review of your Avista electric use must show at least 4,000 kilowatt-hours of space heat use during the previous heating season to be eligible for this rebate. Please call Avista to pre-qualify.
  • Must have Wi-Fi in the home.
  • Must provision the Smart Thermostat to the in home Wi-Fi.
  • Equipment must be new and listed on the Avista eligible smart thermostat equipment list.
  • Eligible equipment must be installed on or after October 6, 2014.

Note: All eligible smart thermostats are low-voltage and typically can only be used on forced air furnaces and heat pump systems. Additionally most qualifying smart thermostats have four wires and may not work if your current thermostat uses than 4-wires without modification. Please refer to an HVAC professional or the smart thermostat manufacturer for guidance.

Smart Thermostat Rebate:

Offer is for new installed equipment from the eligible smart thermostat equipment list that is paired with customer’s in-home wireless internet service. A $50 rebate is available for self installed thermostats and a $100 rebate for contractor installed thermostats.

Rebate Additional Conditions:

  • Only new equipment qualifies.
  • Homeowners are responsible for complying with all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Original or legible copy of original itemized receipt or invoice must be submitted with rebate form.
  • If thermostat make and model number are not itemized on the receipt, please provide a copy of the smart thermostat packaging that describes the make and model of the thermostat and has UPC information that matches to the original receipt or invoice.
  • Customer must list on the rebate form their wireless provider and the date the smart thermostat was provisioned to the in-home wireless system.
  • Rebate will not exceed 100% of the actual measure cost.
  • Rebates are paid directly to the Avista account holder at the installation address.
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing.
  • Avista reserves the right to verify installation of the energy equipment measures prior to the payment and will coordinate inspection as applicable.
  • Avista and its agents may, upon reasonable notice, request access to customer's premises after payment for evaluation and measurement purposes.

Idaho new construction rebates eligibility and guidelines

The following rebates are available for residential energy efficiency measures. Offers apply to residential homeowners in Idaho who heat their homes and hot water with Avista electric. Please see descriptions for complete rebate requirements. All programs are subject to change and request for rebate must be submitted within 90 days of job completion. Offers apply to existing homes. For new construction and new additions, please refer to the residential rebates for new construction.

  • Variable Speed Motor
    A $100 rebate is available for installation of a primary heating system that incorporates a variable speed motor. This rebate may be combined with a high efficiency rebate.
  • Water Heater
    A $20 rebate is available for installation of an electric water heater (tank type) of 0.93 EF (efficiency) or greater. EF verification requires an AHRI certificate.

New construction rebates additional conditions:

  • The rebates listed are applicable to new construction single and multifamily residences (up to a fourplex), including manufactured and modular homes.
  • Rebates are not available for seasonal or recreational homes; homes must be a primary living residence.
  • Only new equipment qualifies.
  • All projects must be contractor installed in order to be eligible for rebate consideration.
  • Primary fuel used for space heating must be Avista electric to qualify.
  • Primary fuel used for water heating must be Avista electric to qualify.
  • Homeowners are responsible for complying with all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Efficiencies for space and water heating equipment are verified according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
  • New Construction Residential Rebates are paid directly to the homeowner or builder.
  • Rebates will not exceed 100% of the actual measure cost.
  • Request for rebates must be submitted within 90 days of completion of energy efficiency measure (or completion of home).
  • Avista and its agents may, upon reasonable notice, request access to customer's premises after payment for evaluation and measurement purposes.
  • A Copy of Energy Star Homes certificate must be submitted for Energy Star Homes rebate.
  • Energy Star Home rebates are paid directly to the builder.
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing and payment of rebates.

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