Here is some BIG News regarding changes to the APS high efficiency AC REBATE program…removing incentive to upgrade to a higher efficiency system by equalizing the rebate across the board. Please see the APS rebate info email from APS below and the ACCA response below it. Obviously, we are all about EFFICIENCY at North Valley Mechanical! Customers embracing efficiency should be rewarded with it with a higher rebate amount plus the benefit of lower utilities and increased comfort!
If consumers have been holding off to change systems, they should jump to make the investment now before the rebate changes go into effect!
The Arizona Corporation Commission (“ACC”) is considering a change of the current AC rebates (tiered level) to a flat $270 for all SEER levels (non-tiered), keeping the minimum 10.8 EER. If this is approved there will be no contractor rebate. See below:
The ACC is expected to vote on this issue in mid February which means the rebate amounts would change in late February. We do not know the exact dates yet. At this point we are fairly confident that we will have to lower the rebate amounts to the structure shown above.
The current rebate amounts ($175 for 13 SEER, $425 for 14 – 16 SEER, $525 for 17 + SEER.) will stay in place until a change is approved. Once the change is made and confirmed we will be contacting everyone individually as well as sending out a formal notification like this. All necessary changes will be made on the APS website, brochures, rebate forms and media advertisements indicating the new rebate amounts and date they were put into effect. APS goes off the date the unit was installed for the eligible rebate amounts.
The message we are giving customers is that the APS AC Rebate amounts are going to go down for the 14+ SEER units near the end of February but we do not know the exact date. The program had to be changed to make it more cost effective so the rebate was lowered to allow APS to continue to offer an AC Rebate.
LETTER FROM ACCA:
The attached letter from APS regarding a proposed change to the current A/C Rebate Program was received on February 2nd, 2012. Members of your Board of Directors immediately contacted APS representatives, opposing the proposed changes.
Our position is , the proposed reductions in the rebates available for 14 SEER to 16 SEER and 17+ SEER, the removal of the contractor rebate, combined with an increase in the rebate available for 13 SEER are all counterproductive to the original intent of the program…KWh reduction. In recent years more consumers are concerned with rising energy costs and the utility rebates have created an added incentive to choose more efficient equipment when it is time for replacement.
At the same time, many consumers are choosing the federally mandated 13 SEER minimum efficiency equipment, more from immediate need as opposed to the notion that they are upgrading their existing, less efficient equipment.
By incentivizing consumers the same amount for the minimum allowable efficiency level to the highest efficiencies possible, the consumer is being sent the wrong message. The message being there isn’t a significant difference in savings between a 13 SEER and an 18 SEER A/C System.
APS representatives are also not 100% for the changes, however are satisfied that the Arizona Corporation Commission appears to be continuing to vote in favor of the continuance of any A/C rebate program. APS representatives also feel the requirement of ACCA-QI (Quality Installation) has made a significant impact in KWh reduction, stating; “Even lower efficiency units being installed to QI standards as opposed to not, are making a measurable difference.”
While we too agree, that this program will be better than no program, and the QI Standard is a key element in achieving the goals of the program, we still feel the program changes are counterproductive and wanted our opposition to these changes to be known.
I encourage all contractors involved in the APS, A/C Rebate Program to contact APS with any questions or concerns you have regarding these changes.