Residential Incentive Programs


Montana-Dakota Utilities offers electric and natural gas incentive programs in the state of Montana and South Dakota for residential customers. These programs are designed to promote the conservation of electricity and natural gas. Click on your state below and check out details of the programs available. (There are no incentive programs for North Dakota and Wyoming residential customers at this time).

If you have questions regarding Montana-Dakota's residential incentive programs or would like to electronically submit your application you may send them to: EnergyRebates@mdu.com.

 

Montana Residential Natural Gas Conservation Programs

Montana-Dakota offers conservation incentives to its Montana residential natural gas customers for investing in high-efficiency natural gas equipment.  Not only will this put money back in your pocket, but you will keep more of it because you will use less energy.  The incentive programs are funded on a plan year basis (March 1 – February 28) and funding is limited.  The following provides details regarding each program available:

Residential Natural Gas Heating Program

High Efficiency Natural Gas Furnace/Boiler:  Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers who purchase and install and natural gas furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 95% or greater or a natural gas boiler with an AFUE of 90% or greater qualify for the following incentive:

 

  • 95% or greater AFUE Natural Gas Furnace = $300
  • 90% or greater AFUE Natural Gas Boiler = $300

Programmable Setback Thermostat:  Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers who purchase and install a programmable setback thermostat in addition to a qualifying furnace or boiler qualify for the following incentive:

  • Programmable Setback Thermostat = $20

The programmable setback thermostat must have at least 4 programmable time periods per day (i.e. wake, leave, return, sleep).  The programmable setback thermostat must also allow a separate program schedule for the work week vs. the weekend (i.e. 5-1-1 or 5-2 day programmable).

The natural gas heating program is available to natural gas customers for existing home natural gas furnace replacement. Fuel conversion and new construction customers do not qualify for this program.

To apply for the Natural Gas Heating and Programmable Setback Thermostat incentives, fill out the Natural Gas Heating Incentive Application Form (pdf) and send it to Montana-Dakota.

Remember to include a copy of the dealer sales invoice.  A complete listing of the qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form.  Funding for this program is limited and applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If funding is depleted prior to the end of the plan year (March 1 – February 28) incentives will not be paid.

Residential Natural Gas Water Heating Program

High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater: Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers who purchase and install a natural gas water heater with an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.67 or greater qualify for the following incentive:

  • 0.67 or greater EF Natural Gas Water Heater = $100

This program is available to customers for existing home natural gas water heater replacements. Fuel conversion and new construction customers do not qualify for this program.

To apply for the Natural Gas Water Heating Incentive, fill out the Natural Gas Water Heating Incentive Application Form (pdf) and send it to Montana-Dakota.
Remember to include a copy of the dealer sales invoice.  A complete listing of the qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form. Funding for this program is limited and applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If funding is depleted prior to the end of the plan year (March 1 – February 28) incentives will not be paid.

Residential Natural Gas Energy Assessment Program

Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers may have an energy assessment performed on their home for a cost of $50.00.  If you are noticing moisture problems, drafts or other problems with your home an energy assessment may help you determine how to solve those problems.  If you are approved for an energy assessment, Montana-Dakota will notify you and a contractor will contact you to schedule the assessment.  Once the assessment is completed, Montana-Dakota will bill you $50.00 for the assessment. Typically a home energy assessment can cost you from $300-$500.  To apply for the Residential Energy Assessment Program, simply fill out the Residential Energy Assessment Application Form (pdf) and send it to Montana-Dakota.

Montana-Dakota offers a limited number of Residential Energy Assessments per plan year (March 1 – February 28).  Energy Assessments will be granted in the order in which they are received.

Montana Residential Electric Conservation Programs

Montana Residential Electric Cooling Program

Montana-Dakota residential electric customers who purchase and install high efficiency electric central air conditioners or room/window air conditioners will qualify for the following rebates:

Electric Cooling Program: Rebate
Central Air Conditioner with 14.5 SEER/12 EER or greater rating** $100/ton
Central Air Conditioner with 16 SEER/13 EER or greater rating $200/ton
ENERGY STAR® rated Room/Window Air Conditioner $50
**The 14.5 SEER/12 EER or greater central air conditioner rebate applies only to replacement units.

To apply for the Residential Electric Cooling Rebate Program, fill out the Residential Electric Cooling Rebate Application Form (pdf), include a copy of the dealer sales invoice (with the brand, model number, serial number and installation date) and send it to Montana-Dakota. A complete listing of the qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form.

Montana Residential Electric Lighting Program

Montana-Dakota residential electric customers who purchase and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in their home qualify for a rebate of $2.00 per bulb (maximum of 15 bulbs). Indoor fixtures must meet the ENERGY STAR criteria, Version 4.0, which states that indoor fixtures must have electronic ballasts.

To apply for the Residential Electric CFL Rebate Program, fill out the Residential Electric CFL Rebate Application Form (pdf), include a copy of the sales receipt, original UPC barcode(s) and ENERGY STAR logo from the box and mail it to Montana-Dakota. A complete listing of qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form.

Montana Residential Electric Thermal Storage Program

Montana-Dakota residential electric customers who purchase and install a brick electric thermal storage unit with a high efficiency air source heat pump qualify for a rebate of $60/kW (maximum capacity of the thermal storage unit is 38.4 kW) if the equipment installed meets the following criteria:

  • Air Source Heat Pump - 8.2 HSPF/13 SEER/ 12 EER or greater rating
  • Brick Thermal Storage Unit - Maximum capacity of 38.4 kW

All thermal storage installations must also include a new air source heat pump installation in order to qualify for this rebate.

To apply for the Electric Thermal Storage rebate, fill out the Residential Electric Thermal Storage Rebate Application Form (pdf), include a copy of the dealer sales invoice (with brand, model number, serial number and installation date) and send it to Montana-Dakota. A complete listing of qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form.

Incentive Payments:

Montana-Dakota issues incentive payments in the form of a check, not a utility bill credit. Montana-Dakota is not responsible if the dealer does not provide accurate information about the incentive or equipment eligibility. Allow 4-6 weeks for incentive payment processing.

Incentive qualification and amounts are subject to change and funding for the programs is limited. Completed applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Incentives will not be paid if funds are depleted prior to the end of the plan year (March 1 – February 28).

Montana-Dakota reserves the right to modify or cancel these programs at any time.

There are no incentive programs for North Dakota residential customers at this time.

 

Residential Natural Gas Conservation Incentive Programs

Montana-Dakota offers conservation incentives to its South Dakota residential natural gas customers for investing in high-efficiency natural gas equipment. Not only will this put money back in your pocket, but you will keep more of it because you will use less energy. The incentive programs are funded on an annual calendar year basis, and funding is limited.  The following provides details regarding each program:

Residential Natural Gas Heating Program

High Efficiency Natural Gas Furnace: Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers who purchase and install a natural gas furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 95% or greater qualify for the following incentive:

  • 95% or greater AFUE Natural Gas Furnace = $300

Programmable Setback Thermostat: Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers, who purchase and install a programmable setback thermostat, meeting the criteria listed below, qualify for the following incentive:

  • Programmable Setback Thermostat = $20

The programmable thermostat must have at least 4 programmable time periods per day (i.e. wake, leave, return and sleep).  The programmable thermostat must also allow a separate program schedule for the work week vs. the weekend (i.e. 5-1-1 or 5-2 day programmable).

The natural gas heating program is available to natural gas customers for existing home natural gas furnace replacement, fuel conversion and new home construction customers.  Home builders are eligible to receive a maximum of 25 natural gas heating incentives on a calendar year basis.

To apply for the Natural Gas Heating and/or the Programmable Setback Thermostat incentives, fill out the Natural Gas Heating Incentive Application Form (pdf) and send it to Montana-Dakota.

Remember to include a copy of the dealer sales invoice or receipt. A complete listing of the qualifications, application requirements and instructions are on page two of the form.  Funding for this program is limited and applications are processed in the order in which they are received.  If funding is depleted prior to December 31 of the plan year, incentives will not be paid. 

Residential Natural Gas Energy Audit Program

Montana-Dakota residential natural gas customers may have an energy audit performed on their home for a cost of $50.00.  If you are noticing moisture problems, drafts or other problems with your home an energy audit may help you determine how to solve those problems.  If you are approved for an energy audit, Montana-Dakota will notify you and a third party contractor will contact you to schedule the audit.  Once the audit is completed, Montana-Dakota will bill you $50.00 for the assessment. Typically a home energy audit can cost from $300-$500.  To apply for the Residential Energy Audit Program, simply fill out the Residential Energy Audit Application Form (pdf) and send it to Montana-Dakota.

Montana-Dakota offers a limited number of Residential Energy Assessments per plan year (January 1 – December 31).  Energy Assessments will be granted in the order in which they are received.

Incentive Payments

Montana-Dakota issues incentive payments in the form of a check, not a utility bill credit. Montana-Dakota is not responsible if the dealer does not provide accurate information about the incentive or equipment eligibility.  Allow 4-6 weeks for incentive payment processing.

Incentive qualification and amounts are subject to change and funding for the programs is limited.

Completed applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.  Incentives will not be paid if funds are depleted prior to December 31 of the plan year.

Montana-Dakota reserves the right to modify or cancel these programs at any time.

There are no incentive programs for Wyoming residential customers at this time.

 

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Watching expenses is an important thing to do. It's also important to look for ways to reduce energy usage around the house. This will not only help you lower your energy usage, but lower your energy bills as well! Montana-Dakota is committed to help you save energy and money. Check out our conservation page for tips and resources.