LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System’s popular Sustainable Energy Program has returned, offering customers the opportunity to take advantage of the millions in incentive funds available to help make their homes or businesses more energy efficient.
“If you’re building a new home, upgrading an existing one, or if facility improvements could reduce your business’ energy expenses, don’t forget to see if you qualify for financial incentives from LES’ Sustainable Energy Program,” said Marc Shkolnick, LES manager of energy services.
The utility’s program helps fund energy-efficiency projects that range from increasing insulation levels to installing high-efficiency heat pumps, as well as commercial and industrial projects.
“LES works hard to make fiscally responsible decisions that reflect the values of our community, which include environmental stewardship through investments in renewable energy and the promotion of energy efficiency.
“Incentivizing our customers to upgrade to even more efficient equipment than they would have initially purchased benefits the environment and helps keep LES rates affordable,” Shkolnick said.
The number of customers LES serves continues to grow each year and so does individual electricity consumption. Offsetting this added demand can help keep our rates among the nation’s lowest because it decreases the need to purchase more expensive energy when demand is at its peak, and helps delay the need to construct additional, high-cost power plants, he added.
The program offers the following incentives:
- Whole-House and Facility Sealing and Insulation – Customers in existing homes and facilities with no wall or minimal attic/ceiling insulation can qualify for up to $1,000 to seal penetrations and upgrade insulation levels to current code standards.
- High-Efficiency Heat Pump and Air Conditioner – Residential and commercial customers are eligible for incentive payments when replacing qualifying existing cooling systems or installing them in newly built homes and buildings.
- Commercial and Industrial Lighting – Incentive payments of up to $100,000 per customer, per year are available for commercial and industrial customers reducing peak demand and costs associated with upgrading existing lighting systems that operate during peak-energy use periods. Energy-efficient lighting in new buildings may also qualify.
- Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency – Commercial and industrial customers can receive up to $100,000 in incentives per year for achieving peak-demand savings through one or more of the following energy-efficiency measures: compressed air systems analysis and upgrade, energy management systems installation, occupancy sensors, systems commissioning and variable frequency drives upgrade.
To take advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, customers should contact participating contractors who will immediately apply the program’s incentives toward their purchase of eligible equipment or services. Contractor contact information and additional program details are available on LES’ website at www.les.com/SEP or by calling 402-473-3270. Incentive funds are exclusively available to LES customers on a first-come, first-served basis.