Posts Tagged ‘Efficiency’

On Bill Financing Available From Nicor

2014 20-01

Eligible residential customers of Nicor Gas can apply for a low-interest loan to purchase a high-efficiency furnace through the Illinois Energy Efficiency Loan Program. A loan through the program can be paired with a rebate for a qualifying furnace through the Nicor Gas Rebate Program for even greater value. Installments on the loans will be conveniently included on your monthly gas bills. Credit approval is required.

To visit the Illinois Efficiency Loan Program website, click here.

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How Does Your Furnace Work?

2013 09-10

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program is kicking off heating season with a new fall furnace campaign to show you how a furnace works and the benefits of a high-efficiency system.  Go to nicorgasrebates.com/box  to learn the importance of investing in a high-efficiency furnace and how to maintain this equipment.

At this same website, you can watch a video and take a short quiz to test their furnace IQ. After taking the quiz you can receive a free energy saving kit or reusable tote bag. Nicor’s goal is to optimize comfort, safety and operation of furnaces for natural gas customers.

You can also receive up to $400 in rebates from Nicor this heating season! Learn more at nicorgasrebates.com.

People’s & North Shore Gas Rebate Changes

2013 04-01

People’s Gas & North Shore Gas have made changes to their consumer rebates for 2013.

The first change is an increase in the complete system replacement rebates. Complete systems (Furnace & A/C) replaced between January 1 and April 30 will receive a bonus of $100 if the application is received before May 31, 2013.

The second change is an addition to the rebates available. Consumers can now receive rebates on pipe insulation and programmable thermostats.

Lastly, North Shore Gas Residential rebates will match Peoples Gas rebates (excluding attic insulation).

For additional information on any of these rebates, please visit the People’s Gas or North Shore Gas website.

         

The above is provided for informational purposes only.  Consumers should verify available rebates directly with utility company. Rules and rebates are subject to change without notice.

What Makes a Rheem Furnace More Efficient?

2012 05-12

Some furnaces lose heat through the walls of the furnace cabinet. Energy-efficient furnaces like Rheem’s full line of state-of-the-art models significantly reduce this loss with a blanket of insulation that lines the inside of the cabinet walls (many competitor brands do not).

Pilot lights also can be wasteful. The electric ignition in many of Rheem’s furnaces eliminates the need for a constantly burning pilot. This feature alone gives up to 6% higher efficiency. And in combination with an induced-draft blower, can improve furnace efficiencies by over 20%.

The Rheem induced-draft blower maintains a constant draft through the heat exchanger, which assures proper venting of the furnace combustion chamber.

 The most efficient, such as the Rheem Classic Series® 2-Stage 90 Plus, furnaces use the hot vent gases to increase efficiency. The furnace captures the otherwise wasted heat and uses it to preheat the household air to increase the AFUE ratings up to 95%.  It does this by routing the hot gases through a secondary heat exchanger.

A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag, but it can make up the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run. And with Chicago’s cold winters the extra efficiency enhances the bottom line of your home.

Find out more about choosing a furnace or click here to find a contractor near you.

Earn A Rebate on Fujitsu Mini-Spilt Systems

2012 24-10

Do you have a warm or cool spot in your home? A Fujitsu mini-split system is ideal for these spaces, and will provide extra cooling or heating capacity for those hard to cool areas.

Do you have a sun room or addition that is not tied into your existing HVAC system? A Fujitsu mini-split system is perfect for these areas where spot cooling or heating is required.

Fujitsu’s high efficiency units have ratings as high as 26-SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). These systems are among the highest rated efficiency equipment available anywhere!

For a limited time, Fujitsu is offering a rebate on the installation of select units.  When you purchase one of the select units between October 15th and December 31st, 2012, you can earn up to $300 in the form of a mail-in rebate.  Eligible systems include:

 Model

Rebate Amount

 System 9R2

$100

 System 9RLS2

$200

 System 9RLFW

$200

 System 15RLS2

$300

 System 12R2

$100

 System 12RLS2

$250

 System 12RLFW

$250

 System 18RLXFW

$300

 

For more information about mini-split systems and how they can make your home more comfortable, contact your local Rheem Dealer.

Download the Rebate Form.

People Gas & North Shore Gas Holiday Bonus Program

2012 26-09

The weather is getting colder, and you are probably  starting to pay more attention to your furnace system and how you can lower your natural gas bill as winter approaches. To help you make the decision to go high-efficiency, People’s Gas and North Shore Gas are offering a special bonus to customers who participate in their programs prior to the end of 2012. No special forms are needed; when your contractor submits an application you will receive the bonus, in addition to the standard rebate. All other terms and conditions apply.

  • When installation is completed and your completed application is submitted by November 30, 2012; you will receive double the standard rebate on your furnace or boiler. For example, the standard rebate for a 95% efficient furnace is $500.  With this bonus, you will receive $1,000
  • When installation is completed December and your application is submitted by December 31, 2012; you will receive a 50% increase on the standard rebate on your furnace or boiler. For example, the standard rebate for a 95% efficient furnace is $500.  With this bonus, you will receive $750

Visit People’s Gas for a complete list of their standard rebates.

Or visit North Shore Gas for a complete list of their standard rebates.

Contact your local Rheem Dealer for more information on qualifying products and a quote.

Fujitsu Mini-Split Systems Can Help Even Out Temperatures In Your Home

2012 09-08

Do you have a warm or cool spot in your home? A Fujitsu mini-split system is ideal for these spaces, and will provide extra cooling or heating capacity for those hard to cool areas.

Do you have a sun room or addition that is not tied into your existing HVAC system? A Fujitsu mini-split system is perfect for these areas where spot cooling or heating is required.

Stylish, slim and elegant, these popular wall mounted units are designed for single rooms. Indoor units have a clean, aesthetic design and are small but mighty and shorter in length than competing units, helping them blend into any room. 13 and 14-SEER heat pump systems have over a 30% increase in efficiency over conventional 10-SEER models and feature environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant, both heating and cooling operation, quiet mode and easy maintenance.

Since mini splits have little-to-no ducting, they forego those energy losses typically associated with central forced-air systems. Duct losses can easily account for more than 30% of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are not sealed tight or in an unconditioned space such as an attic or crawlspace.

Fujitsu’s high efficiency units have ratings as high as 26-SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). These systems are among the highest rated efficiency equipment available anywhere!

For more information about mini-split systems and how they can make your home more comfortable, contact your local Rheem Dealer.

Rheem Water Heater Wins 2012 Gold Dealer Design Award

2012 25-07

Rheem has been honored with a Gold Dealer Design Award in the Residential Equipment category for the XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater.

Sponsored by The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News magazine, the Dealer Design Awards recognize contractor-oriented products with features that assist in installation, maintenance and service of installed products to the HVACR industry. This year, the awards received more than 80 product nominations. Thirty-nine products were selected as winners of a Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. The awards feature 14 product categories and only one Gold winner is recognized in each category.

The 29-gallon Rheem XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater delivers hot water faster— and more efficiently—than a standard 50-gallon gas water heater. This ENERGY STAR® -qualified unit debuted in July 2011, and it has a first hour rating (FHR) of 90 gallons—meaning homeowners get three times the amount of hot water in an hour than what the tank actually holds. Plus, it costs 17 percent less to operate annually than a standard 50-gallon gas water heater, based on U.S. Department of Energy annual operating cost figures. The Rheem XR90 also earned an AHR Expo Innovation Award in January 2012.

Utility Rebates from Nicor, People’s Gas & North Shore Gas Changed June 1, 2012

2012 14-06

The utility companies in the Chicagoland area are entering the second year of their rebate program, and some changes have been made.  The new changes are effective for the program period of June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.  Some highlights are below.

Nicor Gas Program highlights

  • Introducing new rebates for indirect water heaters, programmable thermostats and more.
  • The amount of the complete system rebate has decreased
  • Updated website has all the information you need on the new rebates

People’s Gas & North Shore Gas Rebate Amounts
People’s Gas and North Shore Gas have also changed the rebate amounts effective June 1, 2012.  For complete information on their rebates visit their websites at People’s Gas or North Shore Gas.

For information purposes only, see utility rebate websites for details.

Last Chance To Earn Up To $650 From Nicor

2012 09-05

Nicor’s complete system replacement program is changing June 1st.  Until then, you still have a chance to get up to $650 back from Nicor for purchasing a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner.  If you do purchase a qualifying system before May 31st, you must apply for the rebate by June 15th to receive this rebate.

Rebates will still be available after May 31st, however the amount will decrease.  The chart below shows the rebate difference.


For more information, visit the Complete System Replacement page on the Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program website.