MERRILLVILLE | NIPSCO on Thursday announced expanded programs for homes and businesses that invest in energy-efficient equipment.
The utility added new money and energy–saving product rebates.
"With the addition of new types of rebates, we hope to encourage more people to choose high efficiency equipment for their homes and businesses," said Kevin Kirkham, director of energy efficiency programs, in a statement. "Since our rebate program began in 2008, more than $8 million in rebates have been given to customers."
The Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is a cash–back rebate offer for NIPSCO residential customers available when they replace electric or natural gas equipment. Qualifying products include furnaces, boilers, water heaters, heat pumps and programmable thermostats. Rebates range from $20 for a programmable thermostat to $500 for a ductless heat pump.
Applications and a list of qualifying products are available at www.NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy or by calling (800) 721–7385.
Commercial and industrial natural gas customers also have access to additional incentives. By combining the new Custom Incentive Program and Prescriptive Incentive Program, eligible businesses could receive more than $1 million per year for upgrading existing equipment or systems, the utility said.
For commercial and industrial electric customers, additional rebates are available through NIPSCO's partnership with Energizing Indiana.
These programs support NIPSCO's efforts to reach statewide energy efficiency goals of 2 percent by 2019.
Merrillville-based NIPSCO has 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern Indiana.