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Central Air Conditioners

$250 cash incentive

Keep your home cool and comfortable by choosing an energy-efficient central air conditioner. High-efficiency central air conditioners are quieter and more convenient than room air conditioners and use 20 to 40 percent less energy than central air conditioners from 10 years ago.

If you own a townhome, duplex, triplex or fourplex, view cash incentives for central air conditioners.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    You must live in Oregon and your home must have electricity provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power.

  2. Select a contractor and have the work completed.

    To receive an Energy Trust cash incentive, contact a qualified energy-efficiency-trained Energy Trust trade ally contractor or any contractor with a current Oregon Construction Contractors Board license.

  3. Submit your incentive application within 60 days of installation.

    To complete your application, you’ll need to enter information such as the installation date, equipment serial/model number, and efficiency rating, and include a scan or legible digital photo of your contractor’s invoice. Please gather this information before beginning your application.

    Your contractor may help you complete the application form. Please allow six to eight weeks for incentive processing and payment.

The following incentive is available for single-family and manufactured homes when adding or replacing a central air conditioner:

Equipment Incentive Requirements
Central air conditioner $250

Minimum system Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 15 or greater, and a minimum system Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of 12 or greater

Savings Within Reach On-Bill Repayment

Income-qualified residents in Oregon who participate in Savings Within Reach On-Bill Repayment are eligible to finance the central air conditioner through their utility bill.

Central air conditioner must be used as the primary cooling source, serving fifty percent or more of the home. Heat pumps and portable air conditioners (room or window) do not qualify for this incentive.

Learn more about the benefits of energy-efficient central air conditioners by visiting this ENERGY STAR® page.

Where can I find a central air conditioner installer?

You can use the Find a Residential Trade Ally Contractor page tool on Energy Trust’s website to search for Energy Trust trade ally contractors near you who install efficient central air conditioners.

Is this incentive available for multifamily properties?

In addition to single-family properties, the central air conditioner incentive is available for townhomes, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. Visit the Energy Trust Multifamily Central Air Conditioner web page  to learn more.

Do portable (room or window) air conditioners qualify?

No. This incentive is only available for central air conditioners which serve the majority the residence.

Can I receive an incentive on multiple air conditioners installed at the home?

No. Only the system serving the majority of the home is eligible for an incentive.

Do I have to replace an existing air conditioner to receive this incentive?

No. This incentive is available for either new or replacement central air conditioners.

What is the difference between SEER & EER?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, applies to the average cooling efficiency of the equipment at 82 degrees F outdoors at different humidity levels with the equipment turning on and off. Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER, applies to the efficiency of the air conditioner running at 95 degrees F outdoors and 50% humidity, which is a more realistic indicator for how the unit performs on the hottest days that they are used most.

How are SEER and EER ratings determined for central air conditioners?

The Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) develops heating and cooling equipment standards, testing methodology, and certification requirements to determine performance ratings. The performance rating of an air conditioner is impacted by the outdoor condenser as well as both the indoor evaporator and air handler/furnace. In order for an air conditioner to achieve a specific performance rating, all three components must be a match within the AHRI directory.

Do I have to upgrade my furnace to receive this incentive?

Maybe. Since the performance rating of an air conditioner is affected by the indoor air handler/furnace (see above), it may be necessary to upgrade the existing furnace in order to achieve the required central air conditioner performance ratings (15 SEER and 12 EER). Consult your contractor to determine if your new central air conditioner can be matched with the existing furnace and achieve the required SEER and EER ratings.

NW Natural residential customers may be eligible for an additional central air conditioner incentive when combined with a gas furnace replacement. Be sure to check the NW Natural website for current promotions.

How much does a new central air conditioner cost?

There are many factors that can impact the cost of a new central air conditioner, including the size of the system, unique characteristics of the home, options/features of the equipment, and difficulty of installation. The range of costs can be between $4,000-$8,000+. Energy Trust recommends customers contact multiple contractors when receiving a bid and consider requesting referrals from recent customers.

Does this incentive apply to heat pumps?

No. However, Energy Trust offers separate incentives for heat pumps for single-family residences and multifamily properties.

Can the air conditioner be paired with an oil or propane furnace?

Yes, depending on the actual equipment. The air conditioner incentive is available for Oregon customers of PGE and Pacific Power who heat their home with a forced air furnace of any fuel type. Energy Trust incentives are not intended to influence customer decisions on fuel sources.

Questions?

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