Heating & Cooling

Dual Fuel Heating Program

Combine two heating sources to best fit your budget and tailor your energy investment to meet your heating needs. REA’s dual fuel program offers the option to incorporate a low-cost electric heat source with an alternate heating system. With REA’s low rates and rebates you can begin experiencing the comfort and efficiency of your electric heating system.

Rates and Rebates

Energy Rate: Automatic backup system – 5.89¢/kWh
*must be controlled by thermostat to qualify for automatic backup rate*
Energy Rate: Without automatic backup – 6.19¢/kWh
Plenum Heater Rebate: $25/kw up to $500 max.
Additional Rebates available when your plenum heater or boiler are installed with and Air Source Heat Pump (See Below).

Requirements:

In exchange for low energy rates on your electric space and water heating, you allow REA the ability to interrupt your electric heating source at times when demand for electricity is high (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours. During these control periods, your home’s backup system provides the heat you need.

  • Your entire electric heating system must be 7 kW or larger to be eligible for the rate.
  • Qualifying loads must be hard wired (cord and plug connections are not eligible).
  • Installation of a meter, controller, and accessory equipment is required.
  • Equipment including the meter, meter socket, and REA control device are provided by REA.
  • State Electrical inspection required.
  • REA inspection confirming control is necessary to finalize eligibility.
  • More details are available in the Energy Management Wiring Guide

Acceptable Electric Heat Sources:

  • Electric Resistance Heaters (Baseboard, Cove, Ceiling Panels, In Floor Cable/Panels)
  • Electric Boilers (Baseboard, Slab, Registers)
  • Forced Air Systems (Electric Furnaces, Plenum Heaters)
  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Ground Source Heat Pump

Acceptable Backup Systems:

  • Boiler (Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Fuel Oil)
  • Furnace (Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Fuel Oil)
  • Free Standing Stove/Heater (Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Fuel Oil)
  • Electric Thermal Storage
Electric Thermal Storage (ETS)

Electric Thermal Storage is an exceptional way to manage your heating cost. By installing an electric heating systems with storage capability REA can offer its most stable and low cost energy solution.

Rates and Rebates

Room Storage, Slab Storage, or Central Furnace
Energy Rate: 4.77 ¢/kWh – Must be primary heating system
Rebate: $50/kw up to $5,000 or 100kw

Requirements

In exchange for our low ETS energy rates on your electric space heating, you allow REA the ability to schedule your ETS system charging to the hours from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM Monday thru Friday. On weekends and holidays your heating system will charge except from 3:00 – 11:00 PM. ETS systems are designed to provide all the heat you will need to maintain your desired temperature in the space.

  • ETS heating system must be designed for the heat loss of the entire home
  • Your entire electric heating system must be 7 kW or larger to be eligible for the rate
  • Qualifying loads must be hard wired (cord and plug connections are not eligible)
  • Installation of a meter, controller, and accessory equipment is required
  • Equipment including the meter, meter socket and REA control device are provided by REA
  • State Electrical inspection required
  • REA inspection confirming control is necessary to finalize eligibility
  • More detail is available in the Energy Management Wiring Guide 

 

ETS Solutions:

Slab Storage Heating:

  • Using the concrete floor of a building as a radiant heat source has been recognized as one of the most comfortable forms of heating.
  • A slab storage heating system combines the comfort of the radiant heat with the cleanliness and consistency of electricity, converting electrical energy into heat and storing it in a reservoir of radiant warmth.
  • Electric Boilers (Hydronic systems), Electric mats or electric cables are installed into sand 8”-12” below the concrete slab, using the earth as a reservoir to store heat that will later radiate up into the structure and heat.
  • The slab storage systems are capable of heating industrial, commercial and residential structures.

 

Room Storage Heating:

  • Room storage heaters can be easily installed in remodeling projects. Heaters can be easily installed into existing homes or businesses.
  • A great choice as a back-up heating source for electric resistance heating when Fossil Fuel or Wood backup sources are not preferred!
  • A fan circulates heat from the bricks within the heater to heat the room.
  • Each room storage heater is individually controlled so you can adjust the temperature of each room.
  • No duct work is required

 

Central Space Heating:

Equipment like that available through manufactures like Steffes Corporation is a great all electric option for new installation and replacements of central furnace units and boilers. This offers an electric option with the backup heating source built right in the unit.

Options Available for Central Space Heating:

  • Fan Forced System: This furnace operates like a standard forced air furnace and can have an air conditioner or heat pump installed with it.
  • Combination of Hydronic System and Fan Forced System: This unit can heat water for in-floor heat like a boiler. It also can heat air like a forced air system, all with one unit.
Air Source Heat Pumps

If you’re looking to save money on heating and cooling costs, an air source heat pump is the answer. Heat pumps offer an environmentally friendly heating and cooling alternative – nearly all year long. Air source heat pumps are the best way to combine efficiency and off-peak rates to serve you and your family.

Rates and Rebates

Energy Rate:
5.89¢/kWh (with complimentary dual fuel system)*
7.46¢/kWh (without complimentary dual fuel system)
*must be controlled by thermostat to qualify for automatic backup rate

General Service Rate is available for uncontrolled air source heat pumps

Air Source Heat Pump Quality Installation Rebate

To qualify for the Quality Installation Rebate, the heat pump must be installed by a registered HVAC contractor.

Air Source Heat Pump:
SEER 13 …… $50
SEER 14.5…. $480
SEER 15 …… $580
SEER 16+ …. $630

Air Source Heat Pump Paired with Plenum Heater or ASHP Boiler 
Efficiency Rebate…….$100 

How it works

When used as an air conditioner, an air source heat pump cools your home by transferring heat from indoor air outside. In the heating mode, an air source heat pump can efficiently supply 50 – 70% of all your heating needs. Pairing your air source heat pump with a modulating electric heating source like a plenum heater or air source heat pump boiler qualifies for an additional rebate. This combination can combine efficiency and comfort for your home.

Requirements:

In exchange for low energy rates on your electric space and water heating, you allow REA the ability to interrupt your electric heating source at times when demand for electricity is high (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours. During these control periods, your home’s backup system provides the heat you need.

  • Participation in REA’s Cycled Air Conditioning Program is required to qualify for the rate.
  • Qualifying loads must be hard wired (cord and plug connections are not eligible).
  • Installation of a meter, controller, and accessory equipment is required.
  • Equipment including the meter, meter socket, and REA control device are provided by REA.
  • State Electrical inspection required.
  • REA inspection confirming control is necessary to finalize eligibility.
  • More details are available in the Energy Management Wiring Guide
Quality Installation Rebate Program

Studies have shown that more than 75% of central air conditioners are operating below their rated performance. This causes wasted energy, decreases comfort and shortens the life of air conditioning equipment. These problems can be addressed when units are properly installed and maintained. That is why we offer the Quality Installation rebate. To qualify for the Quality Installation Rebate, the central air conditioner or heat pump must be installed by a registered HVAC contractor.

Air Source Heat Pump Quality Installation Rebate

SEER 13 …… $50
SEER 14.5…. $480
SEER 15 …… $580
SEER 16+ …. $630

Central Air Conditioning Quality Installation Rebate

SEER 13…….$50
SEER 14.5….$50
SEER 15…….$50
SEER 16+…..$50

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal or ground source heat pumps let you take advantage of consistent temperatures below ground, all year round.

A geothermal heat pump functions just like other types of heat pumps, using a refrigeration cycle to move heat between the indoors and outdoors. Instead of moving heat to and from outdoor air, a geothermal heat pump uses the earth. Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool your home or business and heat domestic water. These units will achieve at least 300% efficiency all winter long!

Rates and Rebate

Heating & Cooling Rate: 5.89¢/kWh
Rebate: $200/ton – max $1,000

General Service Rate is available for uncontrolled geothermal heat pumps

Requirements:

In exchange for low energy rates on your electric space and water heating, you allow REA the ability to interrupt your electric heating source at times when demand for electricity is high (up to a maximum of 400 hours per heating season) with a maximum continuous control time of 12 hours. During these control periods, your home’s backup system provides the heat you need.

  • Participation in REA’s Cycled Air Conditioning Program is required to qualify for the rate.
  • Qualifying loads must be hard wired (cord and plug connections are not eligible).
  • Installation of a meter, controller, and accessory equipment is required.
  • Equipment including the meter, meter socket, and REA control device are provided by REA.
  • State Electrical inspection required.
  • REA inspection confirming control is necessary to finalize eligibility.
  • This program requires a full-size backup heating system
  • More details are available in the Energy Management Wiring Guide
Ductless Air Source Heat Pump

Ductless air source heat pumps are a great way to reduce space heating and cooling costs through efficiency and are a great option for homes without existing duct work.

Rebate Form

Rebate – $200

(Ductless Air Source Heat Pumps must be ENERGY STAR® rated to qualify for rebate)

Electronically Commutated Motor (EMC)

Many of today’s high-efficiency furnaces include an ECM that would qualify for this rebate.

Rebate Form

Rebate – $50

Air Conditioner Tune-up

Save money and energy with an air conditioner tune-up – Plus get a $25 rebate!

We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same idea holds true for your air conditioner or heat pump. Energy experts recommend that your air conditioner be checked at least every other year by a certified technician.

Without regular maintenance an air conditioner looses about 5% of its original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you bought just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit today. The good news is that you can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.

Simply complete the rebate form and return it to REA with a copy of the completed work invoice.

Rebate Form

Cycled Air Conditioning Program

Cycled Central Air Conditioning is a free energy conservation program. If you sign up, Runestone Electric will install and activate a small box near your air conditioner that cycles the central air on and off in 15-minute intervals during peak demand days. Control times may be as many as 20-25 days per year and usually occur in the late afternoons and early evenings. Because your furnace fan continues to circulate cool air, most people don’t notice that the air conditioner is being cycled.

If your home has central air conditioning you can join REA’s Cycled Air Conditioning Program and receive your choice of a $10 Subway® gift certificate or Dairy Queen® gift certificate and $7.50 credit on your July, August and September bills.

Central air conditioners can be controlled six hours daily up to 200 hours during the cooling season. Control periods can be extended under extreme conditions. Participation in the program will automatically carry forward every year. Window or wall air conditioners or split duct systems are not eligible.

Registration Form

$7.50 Monthly Bill Credit in July, Aug and Sept
$10 Subway or DQ gift certificate for 1st-time participants

Smart Thermostat

With a smart thermostat, you can control your temperature on-the-go from a variety of smart devices, like your smartphone or tablet, or you can simply program the temperature once and let the thermostat take over from there. Setting your thermostat becomes as easy as opening an app on your phone or tablet. Please see Smart Thermostat Rebate Form for qualifying equipment list.

Learn more about smart thermostats by visiting https://www.energywisemnstore.com/pages/thermostat-buyers-guide

Smart Thermostat Rebate