If you’re looking for an innovative and proven-effective way to increase utility program participation, look no further than in-store E-Rebates - EFI’s instant rebate platform. When faced with a steady decline in mail-in rebate applications for heat pump water heaters, one utility turned to E-Rebates for a solution. By upgrading to EFI’s instant rebate technology, they saw a remarkable increase in participation, nearly tripling their number of rebated water heaters within one year! That’s not all - this proven success also motivated them to boost their water heater goal for the following year by 60%!
The utility company is offering instant rebates on four ENERGY STAR certified HPWHs that can be purchased at local Home Depot and Lowes locations. By using ultra-efficient heat pump technology, each model is about 4x more efficient than a standard electric water heater, which offers immediate and long-term savings. According to energystar.gov, a family of four can save approximately $330 a year and up to $3,500 over the unit’s lifetime. The units are priced from $1,300-$1,400 before a $750 utility rebate. With the instant rebate, customers can purchase a new, energy-efficient HPWH for roughly the same price as a standard electric water heater.
In 2020, EFI processed 801 HPWH instant rebates for the utility company, a remarkable uptick compared to the traditional mail-in rebates the year prior.
Given the great success of E-Rebates in 2020, the utility was also motivated to increase this year’s HPWH goal by 1,500 units.
If the utility reaches their goal, they’ll save customers a total of $1,320,000 annually!
EFI's Instant E-Rebates Platform is an innovative mobile technology that allows for quick and easy savings on energy-efficient products no matter where your customers are. It’s super easy! All they need is a smartphone.
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