Rebates for public facilities

Cash rebates are available to Nicor Gas public sector customers for the following high-efficiency equipment. Participation is simple.

  1. Find a contractor to install the equipment. All equipment must be installed by a professional contractor unless noted.
  2. Install qualifying high-efficiency equipment between June 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
  3. Apply within 90 days of installation or by January 31, 2018, whichever comes first, to receive the following rebates.

Rebate payments might take longer than the 6-8 weeks stated in the applications. If you are wondering about the status of your applications, contact us.

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Space and water heating

$600 - $14,000
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

≤ 299 MBTUH

    Qualifying products

$2,100

300-499 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$3,500

500-999 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$7,000

1,000-1,700 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$11,900

1,701-2,000 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$14,000
Additional qualifications
  • Condensing boilers must have a TE ≥ 90% with an input capacity of 300-2,000 MBTUH, or an AFUE ≥ 90% with an input capacity of 0-299 MBTUH. 
  • Condensing boilers must have an outdoor-air reset control installed (either integrated or added onto the system), unless the supply temperature does not exceed 140 F.
  • End-use must be space-heating.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

≤ 299 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,650

300-499 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$2,750

500-999 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$5,500

1,000-1,700 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$9,350

1,701-2,000 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$11,000
Additional qualifications

  • Non-condensing boilers must have a TE ≥ 85% with an input capacity of 300-2,000 MBTUH, or an AFUE ≥ 85% with an input capacity of 0-299 MBTUH.
  • End-use must be space-heating.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.


AFUE ≥ 92%

   Qualifying products

$1,000

AFUE ≥ 95%

   Qualifying products

$1,500
Additional qualifications
  • Residential-sized furnaces must be installed in public sector spaces and must be used for space heating. 
  • Furnaces must have an input capacity ≤ 225 MBTUH.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Low-intensity heater

   Qualifying products

$1,500
Additional qualifications
  • Only low-intensity heaters are eligible. 
  • Heaters must have an electric ignition and must use non-conditioned air for combustion. 
  • Heaters must be designated for indoor uses only
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

TE ≥ 90%

   Qualifying products

$650
Additional qualifications
  • Must have a TE ≥ 90% and input capacity < 300 MBTUH. Heater must be vented and condensate drained per manufacturer specifications. 
  • Heater must be replacing an existing, non-condensing unit heater.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

> 75 MBTUH and TE ≥ 88%

   Qualifying products

$600
Additional qualifications
  • Water heaters with input capacity > 75 MBTUH must be natural gas storage water heaters with a TE ≥ 88%. All tank sizes qualify. 
  • Indirect and instantaneous (tankless) water heaters are not eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Steam traps

$200 - $250
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Commercial steam trap < 15 psig

$200 per trap
Additional qualifications
  • Steam trap repairs/replacements must be completed/installed on an existing public sector system. Rebates are paid per steam trap and will not exceed the cost of the repair/replacement.  
  • Orifice- and venturi-type steam traps are not eligible for steam trap rebates. 
  • New steam traps and repairs/replacements must replace existing steam traps, one-for-one. 
  • Rebate available for all steam systems.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Industrial/Process steam trap 15 - 50 psig

$250 per trap
Additional qualifications
  • Steam trap repairs/replacements must be completed/installed on an existing public sector system. Rebates are paid per steam trap and will not exceed the cost of the repair/replacement. 
  • Orifice- and venturi-type steam traps are not eligible for steam trap rebates. 
  • New steam traps and repairs/replacements must replace existing steam traps, one-for-one. 
  • Repairs/replacements must be completed on existing steam traps that are failed leaking or blow-through. Blocked traps do not qualify. 
  • System must have operating pressure ≥ 15 psig. 
  • Record of a third-party steam trap survey must be submitted with your rebate application. If work will be done internally and a third-party survey will not be conducted, a program representative must review the facility’s survey procedures and approve the approach prior to the steam trap repair/replacement. Our preferred steam trap survey template can be found here
  • Industrial/process steam traps > 50 psig may be eligible for incentives through our custom offering. Contact energySMART at info@nicorgasrebates.com or 877.886.4239 to discuss eligibility with a program representative.
  • Contact energySMART at info@nicorgasrebates.com or 877.886.4239 to work with a program representative on your steam trap survey.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Efficiency improvements

Varies
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Add-on control

   Qualifying products

$1.25 per MBTUH, up to $1,500

Integrated control

   Qualifying products

$1.25 per MBTUH, up to $1,500
Additional qualifications
  • Limited to controls on hot water boilers with input capacity ≥ 100 MBTUH. Boiler end-use must be space heating. 
  • Controls must be installed on a boiler in a public sector space at the installation address listed on this application. 
  • Rebates are paid based on the input capacity of the boiler and will not exceed the total cost of the installed control or $1,500, whichever is less. 
  • Controls must be installed on an existing boiler (add-on) or a new boiler that is not required to have reset controls installed (integrated).
    • Controls installed on a new boiler that is ≥ 90% efficient are not eligible for this rebate.
  • Controls must result in an output temperature range ≥ 10 F. 
  • Controls must automatically control boiler output water temperature set point based on outdoor air temperature; manual controls are not eligible. 
  • Additional documentation may be requested to verify the boiler manufacturer and model. Appropriate documentation may include a picture of the boiler nameplate.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Demand-controlled ventilation

   Qualifying products

$700
Additional qualifications
  • Rebate is paid per sensor. 
  • Pre-approval is required to receive a rebate. Complete and submit the pre-approval application. A copy of the pre-approval letter must be submitted with this rebate application.
  • Must be installed as an energy conservation measure. 
  • Must be integrated into the facility’s ventilation system control strategy. 
  • Must be installed on an existing HVAC system, and not be replacing an existing demand controlled ventilation application. Sensors installed as part of a new facility construction are not eligible for rebates. 
  • CO2 sensors must have a minimum manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

2" installed on any outdoor system

$10 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor steam system

$10 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor hot water system

$10 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor pipe <1" diameter

$8 per linear foot
Additional qualifications
  • Fiberglass, foam, calcium silicate or other similar insulation types qualify. 
  • Rebate amount is determined by the piping location and system type. 
  • Pipe insulation installed as part of a new facility construction is not eligible for a rebate. 
  • Rebates are paid per linear foot installed and will not exceed the total cost of the insulation installed. 
  • Insulation added to fittings will be measured in inches and included in the total number of linear feet installed. 
  • Total linear feet of insulation, including insulation on fittings, will be rounded to the nearest foot. 
  • If insulation is < 2” thick on outdoor pipe or < 1” on indoor pipe, the insulation material must be listed on the invoice in addition to other requirements. The R-value of the insulation will be verified for eligibility.
  • Insulation installed on pipes greater than 2” in diameter may be eligible for an incentive through our custom offering. Contact energySMART at info@nicorgasrebates.com or 877.886.4239 to discuss eligibility with a program representative.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.
2" installed on any outdoor pipe system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 2” thick or have an R-value ≥ 6.45 and must be installed on existing bare outdoor piping (hot water or steam) that is at least 1” in diameter and must include an all-weather protective jacket.
1" installed on indoor steam system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare indoor piping that is part of a steam system (space heating or process steam) that is at least 1” in diameter.
1" installed on indoor hot water system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare indoor piping that is part of a hot water system (domestic hot water, space heating or condensate return) that is at least 1” in diameter.
1" installed on pipe <1" diameter
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare piping that is less than 1” in diameter.

Commercial food service equipment

$100 - $3,000
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Conveyor oven width < 25 inches

$500 per deck

Conveyor oven width ≥ 25 inches

   Qualifying products

$1,000 per deck

ENERGY STAR combination oven

   Qualifying products

$900 per deck

ENERGY STAR convection oven

   Qualifying products

$650

Infrared rotisserie oven

   Qualifying products

$1,750

Rack oven

   Qualifying products

$1,500 per rack
Additional qualifications

Conveyor oven

  • Cooking efficiency ≥ 42% using ASTM standard F1817. Must have an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 57,000 Btu/h. 
  • Number of decks is determined by the manufacturer and model number. 
  • Rebates are paid per deck, based on conveyor width. 
  • Rebates for multi-deck ovens are paid per qualifying deck.

ENERGY STAR combination oven

  • Installed equipment must be a new ENERGY STAR certified natural gas combination oven with steam oven cooking efficiency ≥ 41% and convection mode cooking efficiency ≥ 56%.

ENERGY STAR convection oven

  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 44% using ASTM standard 1496. 
  • Must have an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 13,000 Btu/h.

Infrared rotisserie oven

  • Must use infrared burners.

Rack oven

  • Baking Energy Efficiency ≥ 50% using ASTM standard 2093. Single and double ovens are eligible. Rebate paid per oven.


Infrared charbroiler

   Qualifying products 

$1,750

Infrared salamander broiler

   Qualifying products

$650

Infrared upright broiler

   Qualifying products

$3,000
Additional qualifications
  • Must use infrared burners.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR commercial steamer

   Qualifying products

$1,200
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 38%. 
  • Five- and six-pan units are eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR fryer width < 18 inches

   Qualifying products

$500

ENERGY STAR fryer width ≥ 18 inches

   Qualifying products

$550
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Heavy Load Cooking Efficiency ≥ 50% using ASTM standard F1361 or F2144. 
  • Rebate is paid per vat, based on vat width.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR griddle

   Qualifying products

$400
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Heavy Load Cooking Efficiency ≥ 38% using ASTM standard F1275. 
  • Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 2,600 Btu/h per square foot of cooking surface.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Pasta cooker

   Qualifying products

$1,250
Additional qualifications
  • Must be a dedicated pasta cooker as determined by the manufacturer.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Pre-rinse spray valve

   Qualifying products

$100
Additional qualifications
  • Spray valves must be installed in commercial kitchens. 
  • New spray valves must have a flow rate ≤ 1.25 gpm at 60 psi. 
  • Only single-valve sprayers are eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

EF = Energy Factor

MBTUH = Thousand British Thermal Units per Hour

TE = Thermal Efficiency

Custom incentives

Custom incentives are available for public facilities who install qualifying energy efficiency projects that are not eligible for rebates through other energySMART offerings.

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