Ames Electric Department - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

September 26, 2023


The City of Ames Electric Services offers a variety of services and rebates for residential customers interested in purchasing energy efficient appliances or making energy efficiency improvements to eligible homes. They also offer the Net Zero Ready Home Rebate program for new homes that meet certain Energy Star standards described on the program web site.

To assess the energy needs of customers, the City of Ames Electric Services offers free energy audits to any interested residential customers. Audits are performed by certified energy experts who assess the energy efficiency level of the home and will supply the customer with certain free energy saving measures such as equipment insulation.

Rebates are available on the purchase of Energy Star appliances. Ames also offers rebates for the purchase of energy efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency requirements listed on the program web site. By accepting any of the air conditioner rebates customers agree to allow City of Ames Electric Services to install a load control switch on central air conditioners.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
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Administrator: Ames Electric Department
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Water Heaters
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Building Insulation
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Other EE
  • HVAC
  • Level-2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment
Incentive Amount: Efficient Appliance Rebate Application
Washing machine: $50
Electric dryer: $50
Dehumidifier: $25
Dishwasher: $25
Induction range or cooktop: $50
Refrigerator, or freezer 17.5 cubic ft. or smaller: $25
Refrigerator, or freezer 17.6 cubic ft. or larger: $75

Heat Pump Water Heater: $400
Air Source Heat Pump: $500
Geothermal Heat Pump: $400 per ton, $500 per ton for EnergyStar, $200 per ton for geothermal equipment replacement (with no new wells)
Whole-House Air Conditioner: $300 for 16 SEER, plus $50 for every additional 0.5 SEER
Single-Room Air Conditioner: $30
Smart Thermostat: $25

Level 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers: Up to $500
Electric Lawn Mower: $25
Photovoltaic solar panels: $300 per coincident peak kW (measured at 5 PM)
Energy Audit: FREE


Name: Ames Electric Department
Address: 515 Clark Ave
Ames IA 50010
Phone: (515) 239-5177
Name: Net Zero Ready Home Rebate
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.