Heating and Cooling Incentives

Everyone wants to have a comfortable home that also saves money on energy costs. Improving energy efficiency is the easiest way to ensure your home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment provides long-term savings for you.

Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency program provides discounts and incentives that can save you hundreds of dollars on energy-efficient products and improvements, such as:

  • Electric air-source heat pumps

  • Central air-conditioning units

  • High-efficiency gas furnace blower motors

  • Smart thermostats (when part of a qualifying heating or cooling project)

  • Air-source heat pump water heaters

Available Incentives

Standard Replacement: $400

  • Replacement of an existing central air conditioning unit with a new central air conditioning unit

REQUIREMENT:

  1. Unit does not meet qualifications for Early Retirement

  2. New central air conditioning unit must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater


Early Retirement: $650

  • Replacement of a WORKING central air conditioning unit with a new central air conditioning unit

REQUIREMENT:

  1. Current central air conditioning unit must be verifiably operable and have a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less

  2. New central air conditioning unit must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater

Standard Replacement: $600 (replacing air-source heat pump)

  • Replacement of an existing air-source heat pump with a new air-source heat pump

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Unit does not meet qualifications for Early Retirement

  2. New air-source heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater


Early Retirement: $850 (replacing air-source heat pump)

  • Replacement of a WORKING air-source heat pump with a new air-source heat pump

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Current air-source heat pump must be verifiably operable and have a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less

  2. New air-source heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater


Early Retirement: $1,200 (replacing electric furnace or baseboard heat)

  • Replacement of a WORKING central air conditioner with a new air-source heat pump, which would become the primary heating and cooling source for the home

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Current A/C unit must be verifiably operable and have a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less

  2. Home must currently be heated with an electric-resistance heat source (electric furnace or baseboard heat)

  3. New air-source heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater

High-Efficiency Blower Motor: $150

  • Installation of a high-efficiency blower motor, which uses significantly less power and adjusts the motor's speed to ensure optimal airflow

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. New blower motor must be part of a system with a new gas furnace

  2. A furnace AHRI certificate must be submitted with the application

  3. NOT AVAILABLE in combination with air-source heat pump incentives

Smart Thermostats: $100

  • Installation of a smart thermostat, replacing a manual or programmable thermostat (limit 2 per household)

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Must be part of a heating or cooling project

  2. Must be smart (ENERGY STAR certified), internet-enabled, and learning capable

  3. Must be connected to a working Wi-Fi connection

  4. Must be purchased between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018

  5. Must be replacing a manual or programmable thermostat

  6. Must be used with a primary heating source supplied by an Ameren Illinois fuel, gas or electric

  7. In order to be eligible for more than one incentive, each smart thermostat must be connected to a separate, Ameren-sourced heating system

New Air-Source Heat Pump Water Heater: $500

  • Installation of a new air-source heat pump water heater

REQUIREMENT:

  1. Must be replacing an existing electric water heater

  2. NOT AVAILABLE for replacement of an existing heat pump water heater

Do You Qualify?

To qualify for these discounts, your contractor must be a registered Program Ally and follow our energy efficiency guidelines for both the new equipment and the equipment you are replacing.

Guidelines

  • You must be an Ameren Illinois residential gas or electric customer.

  • Equipment must be purchased from and installed by a registered HVAC Program Ally.

  • IMPORTANT: Self-installed equipment does not qualify for home heating or cooling discounts.
  • Existing unit(s) must be removed by a registered HVAC Program Ally.

  • To qualify for the Early Retirement incentive, your Program Ally must verify that your current equipment is in working condition and gather additional required information about the unit(s). For this reason, only your Program Ally may remove the existing unit(s).

  • All projects require program approval prior to project start date.

  • All program paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of the installation date or by Dec. 31, 2018, whichever comes first.

More Information

Jim Barnard

When elevator contractor, Jim Barnard, and his wife, Sandy, moved from Virginia to Illinois, they made major renovations to make their new house a home. Among the improvements were updates to make their home as energy-efficient as possible. With the help of incentives from Ameren Illinois, the Barnard's installed an air-source heat pump to improve the comfort of their new home and save energy. It's made a difference they can not only feel in their home but also see on their monthly bill.

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