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residential natural gas rebate program

Trade Ally Information


The information here is for trade allies - plumbing and heating contractors - regarding the NYSEG/RG&E residential natural gas equipment rebate program.

The purpose of these rebates is to encourage customers to purchase and install higher efficiency equipment, thereby reducing overall energy consumption and encouraging wise energy use. Residential customers can click here for program information.



Effective February 1, 2017, we will be offering a $25 rebate on Wi-Fi enabled thermostats that control natural gas heating systems. Also, Wi-Fi enabled thermostats can be either contractor-installed or self-installed, and do not have to be installed in conjunction with a furnace or boiler installation.

This new rebate will replace the current $10 rebate for programmable thermostats on February 1, 2017.



NYSEG and RG&E are offering rebates to residential natural gas customers who install qualifying natural gas heating and related control equipment. This program is also available to eligible customers who build a new home and install eligible equipment.

To view the list of qualifying equipment and available rebates click here.





Program Closure When Funds Are Exhausted. The rebate program will close once all incentive funds for the program are exhausted. A program closure announcement will be displayed on our residential natural gas rebate program information page.



To be eligible for rebates, furnaces and boilers must be Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) or ENERGY STAR approved. To determine if your equipment qualifies, view the AHRI and ENERGY STAR websites. Tank type (storage) and tankless water heaters must be ENERGY STAR approved and installed on or after July 1, 2014 to qualify for rebates. Furnace tune-up rebates are for existing natural gas furnaces only, limited to one rebate every five years, effective January 1, 2016.

  • Heat Loss Load Calculation: Since properly sized heating equipment operates more efficiently and results in greater occupant comfort, you are strongly encouraged to perform a proper building heat loss calculation and to size the new heating equipment accordingly.
Natural gas furnaces must meet the following criteria to qualify for the incremental “Furnace with ECM” rebate:
  • Meets AFUE rating and
  • Is certified in the AHRI directory and includes a footnote indicating “ECM MOTOR 'e' Electrically Efficient Furnace” or
  • Manufacturer’s spec sheet specifically states that the furnace includes an ECM.  Including this spec sheet with rebate applications should facilitate rebate processing.
In the event that applications are processed and incremental ECM rebates amounts are denied, the customer may appeal the rebate administrator’s determination by providing a copy of the manufacturer’s spec sheet that demonstrates existence of an ECM built into the furnace in question. Final determination is the responsibility of the rebate administrator.



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other rebates 

Your customers may also be eligible for state and federal incentives. To learn more, visit NYSERDA's Website  and
the ENERGY STAR Website.