Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy Efficiency Rebates Save Members $

The Cooperative is offering Energy Star appliance rebates to all members as part of the Cooperative’s commitment to a cleaner and more cost effective energy supply for our members.


Energy Star Rebate

Refrigerator Replacement


Clothes Washer Replacement


Clothes Dryer Replacement


Dishwasher Replacement


Combined Heat and AC Unit


Window-mounted Air Conditioner Replacement


Home Heating Boiler/Furnace

In order to qualify for the Energy Star rebate, the following conditions must be met:

  1.  The appliance must be purchased after May 1, 2019.
  2. The appliance must be Energy Star rated as noted on the sales receipt or on the Energy Star informational tag.
  3. The member must complete the Energy Star rebate form below, which is also available on the Cooperative’s website and in the office.  The form may be submitted in person, by mail, by fax, or by e-mail to
  4. The receipt showing the date of purchase must be attached to the Energy Star rebate form.
  5. The old appliance must be removed from service and disposed in an environmentally responsible manner.  The Cooperative may require proof of disposal.

    *Limit of one appliance per membership per year

This Energy Star rebate program is a continuation of the Cooperative’s long history of supporting and promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and clean energy production.  The Cooperative’s programs have included home energy audits, member-owned solar and wind energy, fuel cell demonstration, community-scale wind energy and hydro energy research projects, and our current community-scale solar energy project in partnership with the New York Power Authority and the State University of New York at Delhi.

The focus of the Energy Star rebate program is to create cost savings for members while continuing to pursue the larger goals of efficiency and clean energy.  According to DCEC Vice President Frank Winkler, “These programs have been designed to be accessible to all members regardless of their income.  Every member needs working appliances, and these programs help people invest in appliances that work well and save energy.  Then their monthly bills will be just a little bit lower for the life of the Energy Star appliance.”

In addition to the Energy Star rebate program, which is available to all members, the Cooperative is offering energy efficiency rebates to commercial members in service classes D, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, and 7.  Commercial rebates are available for variable speed drives and NEMA premium efficiency motors.  The program pays for up to 50% of equipment costs up to a maximum contribution of $3,000 or the average monthly bill for the member, whichever is lower.  Energy efficiency rebates cover permanently installed equipment costs only, not labor and not portable equipment.

DCEC President Steve Oles said about the program, “these rebate programs give every member the opportunity to participate in a more efficient and cleaner energy system while saving money.  These programs embody the cooperative principles that motivated rural electric cooperatives for the last 75 years.

For more information about these energy efficiency programs, please call the Cooperative’s office at 607-746-2341 or e-mail  All rebate programs are subject to change or termination without notice.

The Cooperative anticipates rolling out a variety of energy efficiency programs designed to save members money over the next couple years.  If you are interested in being a part of a Member Advisory Group to set the direction for future energy efficiency programs, please contact Mrs. Alicia VanZandt, Administrative Assistant, at 607-746-9299 or

Click here for DCEC Energy Star Rebate Application