Instant Incentives Benefits of Instant Incentives Instant Incentives makes it easier for Ameren Illinois residential customers to make their homes more energy efficient by providing upfront discounts on: Smart Thermostats: They provide convenience, insight, and control of your heating and cooling. Central Air Conditioners: According to ENERGY STAR®, if your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR certified model could cut your cooling costs by 30%. Air Source Heat Pumps: According to ENERGY STAR, here are some benefits of an air source heat pump: Cutting heating costs compared to conventional heating systems. An ENERGY STAR certified ASHP can provide heating for approximately 1/3 the cost of traditional electric baseboard heating, depending on where you live, and approximately 1/2 the cost of oil heat. An ASHP is so efficient it can deliver up to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. Reducing cooling costs compared to conventional room air conditioners. During the summer months, a central ASHP automatically becomes a central air conditioner, and with ENERGY STAR, you will have reduced cooling bills due to its highly efficient operation. Ductless Heat Pumps: According to ENERGY STAR, here are some benefits of ductless heat pumps: Cutting heating costs in half compared to conventional electric heating systems. Because they transfer instead of generate heat, ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split heat pumps use 60% less energy than standard home electric resistance-based heating systems. Cutting cooling costs by 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners. ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split heat pumps use more sophisticated compressors and fans that can adjust speeds to save energy. Heat Pump Water Heaters: According to ENERGY STAR, an ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater uses 70% less electricity to make the same hot water as a standard electric model.