Three Rivers Electric Cooperative promotes the ground source heat pump (GSHP) because of its low cost of operation, safety, and comfort. A GSHP will also save you money on water heating costs. While a GSHP system is costly to install, your savings on heating/cooling costs and water heating costs still make it the best system available. To assist members with installing a ground source heat pump, Three Rivers offers a rebate.
The residential rebate for the installation of a GSHP is $750 per ton of unit installed (maximum of 10 tons). Proper sizing of a GSHP is very important. A cooperative representative will size your new or existing home at no charge or the installed size must be approved by the Cooperative. The GSHP must be sized with an 80 degree temperature difference (70 to -10) and the unit must have a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Rating) of 19.1. There must be a minimum of R-38 insulation in the ceiling and R-13 in the walls.
For members who upgrade a current GSHP system with a newer one, there is a rebate of $150 per ton. In order to qualify, there must be a gain of at least 3 in the Energy Efficieny Rating with the minium EER of the new unit being the same as above.
The installation of the GSHP must be complete and a representative of Three Rivers will need to inspect the installation before the member receives the rebate check. If you would like more information on ground source heat pumps, contact Marketing and Technical Services at 573-644-9000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Print the GSHP Rebate Application or contact the office to have one mailed.