Ames Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

January 30, 2009


The Ames Electric Department has two separate programs aimed at supporting energy efficiency improvements for its residential customers. One program provides rebates for the installation of energy efficient space conditioning units while the other offers direct installation of weatherization improvements subsequent to a utility-sponsored energy audit. The latter program is focused on low- to moderate-income customers. Space Conditioning Rebates Rebates are available for central AC units, window AC units, heat pumps (air- and ground-source), and programmable thermostats. Rebates are limited to 2 window AC units and 3 programmable thermostats per household. Units must meet the minimum efficiency requirements specified by the utility. Central AC rebate applications must be accompanied by a "proper sizing report" from a cooling professional to be completed before the installation. Energy Star documentation is required with window AC and programmable thermostat applications. Weatherization Assistance The Ames Electric Department provides free energy audits and the direct installation of simple energy saving technologies in homes built prior to 1992. It is important to note that this is not a rebate program, so the utility will not reimburse customers for self-installed weatherization improvements. The measures employed are home-specific and at the discretion of the audit team and home owner. Examples of typical improvements include window caulking, weather stripping, insulation, water heater insulation, and up to 6 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Funds for the program are limited and preference is given to low- and moderate-income households. Residents participating in other energy assistance or weatherization programs are not eligible for this program. For further details and program applications, please contact the Ames Electric Department or visit the program webpage.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Ames Electric Department
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Building Insulation
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Other EE
Incentive Amount: Central AC, Air-Source Heat Pump: $200 plus $100 times every SEER over 14;
Geothermal Heat Pump: $500 times the Cooling BTU Rating/12,000;
Desuperheater: $200;
Window AC: $50 per unit;
Programmable Thermostat: $25 per unit;
Weatherization: Direct installation (no charge)
Maximum Incentive: Window AC: $100
Programmable Thermostat: $75
Equipment Requirements: Central AC, Air-Source Heat Pumps: Minimum 14 SEER;
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Minimum 14.1 EER;
Window AC, Programmable Thermostat: Energy Star Rated;
Weatherization: Home must have been built prior to 1992


Name: Ames Electric Department
Address: 515 Clark Ave
Ames IA 50010
Phone: (515) 239-5177

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.