The Empire District Electric Company does offer residential energy efficiency rebates for upgrading an existing home in Missouri. There are two programs relevant to your question: the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program and the High Efficiency Central Air Conditioner Rebate Program.
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program aims to encourage whole-home energy efficiency improvements to existing homes. The program works by combining the traditional home energy audit with detailed cost estimates for all the recommended improvements. All the analysts are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and underwent comprehensive training to ensure the homeowner receives a thorough audit.
In order to qualify, the customer must complete at least one of the following qualifying energy efficiency measures:
- Attic, sidewall, basement, ductwork insulation and/or other insulation that complies with the current International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and any amendments thereto;
- Install exterior windows, skylights, and doors with a U-Factor of less than or equal to 0.30 and a solar heat gain coefficient of less than or equal to 0.30;
- Envelope air-sealing which achieves building tightness levels that comply with the IECC;
- If ductwork is located outside of the envelope, air-sealing to achieve ductwork tightness levels that comply with the IECC.
Once the qualifying improvements have been made, a post-installation assessment is required. A total rebate of $400 is available for the program.
In addition, Empire District offers the Missouri High Efficiency Central Air Conditioner Rebate Program. Because higher efficiency equipment is generally more expensive, Empire District rebates are designed to help cover the incremental cost of the higher efficiency systems. The rebates are as follows:
- SEER 15-15.9: $400
- SEER 16-16.9: $450
- SEER 17+: $500
The rebate forms and detailed information about each of these programs are available on Empire District’s EnergySolutions website.