Central air conditioners that have earned ENERGY STAR® certification and have a SEER rating of 16 or higher deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features. On average, these qualifying units use approximately 25% less than the minimum standard for new air conditioner units.
Use the links below to take you to the following sections:
- Rebate Amount
- How To Participate / Application Form
- Terms & Conditions / Eligibility
- Required Documentation
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How To Participate / Application Form
The Energy Star® Air Conditioner Incentive Program (the Program) offers rebates to residential utility customers to purchase and install energy efficient air conditioners in their homes. The rebate amount is rewarded on a flat rate for all qualifying units.
To participate in the Program, follow the steps below:
- Determine your eligibility
Before completing any work under the Program, please ensure that you read through the eligibility requirements and the Program Terms & Conditions. For instance, you must currently have an Electric or Natural Gas Utility account with the City of Medicine Hat to qualify.
- Purchase an ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner
All central ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioners with SEER ratings of 16 or higher qualify for this incentive program. Only split model systems are eligible, incentive does not apply to single package systems.
Need help finding a qualifying model? Visit the ENERGY STAR website for more information:
Make sure you check on the status of remaining funds. Once funding becomes fully subscribed under this Program, applications will be declined.
Complete and submit the application form to HAT Smart. Please ensure that you’ve attached all required documentation.
Don't know how to submit your application? Visit the How To Apply page for more information.
- Cheque: mailed to the address provided on your application form within 6 to 8 weeks
- Credit: applied to your City of Medicine Hat Utility Account in the next billing period
- Direct Deposit: deposited directly in to your bank account. Complete the form below and return it to HAT Smart to submit to the City of Medicine Hat's Accounts Payable department with your application.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline for applications is noon on January 6, 2020, provided Program funding is still available.
Rebates are processed on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Late or incomplete applications and/or applications received after Program funding has been fully exhausted will be declined.
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Terms & Conditions / Eligibility
To qualify for a rebate under the Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- All City of Medicine Hat residential Electric and/or Natural Gas Utility customers are eligible to apply once per residential address during the Program duration.
- This incentive program is for existing residential properties. An existing home is any home built more than six months prior to installations, replacements, and/or upgrades.
- All ENERGY STAR® certified central air conditioners with SEER 16 or higher (split system only) qualify for this incentive program. To qualify, the air conditioner must appear on the list of ENERG Y STAR® Certified Air Conditioners at the time of purchase.
- Invoices and receipts must be paid in full and dated between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not considered a part of the total project costs; therefore, HAT Smart rebates will be based on pre-tax amounts and will not exceed the amount of total project costs (before GST), regardless of the maximum listed rebate amount.
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In order to process your application, we require a completed application form and all of the following documentation:
- Detailed receipts or invoices (must show proof of payment for each receipt/invoice)
- Documentation and/or picture(s) showing ENERGY STAR® certification
Note: All applications shall be subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed Application Form is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the program, nor payment of the rebate itself. Rebates are based on fully completed Application Forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete Application Form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.
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What is the difference between single vs. split package air conditioners?
Single package air conditioners are usually used in small commercial areas. They usually include the coil, condenser and compressor all in one cabinet which is usually placed on the roof or next to the foundation of a home. Split systems are the most common and economical option and are able to obtain higher efficiencies. These systems connect with the duct work in your home and therefore need to be correctly installed.
I purchased a window unit. Can I get a rebate?
Unfortunately, window units are not eligible for this rebate.
How much do they cost?
Call around for quotes. Installers will have the most accurate information.
How do I recycle my old air conditioner unit?
Many small and large appliances can be recycled instead of going to the landfill. Use the City’s Recycle Coach app for more information on what goes where or call Environmental Utilities at 403.529.8176.
You are allowed one application per residential address during the program term.
I lost my receipt. Can I still apply for the rebate?
In order to process your application, we require a copy of the purchase receipt. Please contact your retailer to inquire about a reprint of your receipt.
I live in a condo. Can I apply for a rebate?
Yes, if you personally receive a utility bill from the City (i.e. have an active utility account in your name - your own gas or electric meter). If your utilities are paid for through your condo fees or by the condo association, you would not be eligible since the condo building itself would then be considered a commercial enterprise.
I live outside of Medicine Hat. Am I eligible for the HAT Smart rebates?
Yes, all City of Medicine Hat residential Electric Utility customers are eligible to apply. If you are currently receiving a residential electric or natural gas bill from the City of Medicine Hat, you are eligible to apply.
Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I submit an application?
All applications are subject to approval by HAT Smart. A completed application form is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for a rebate under the program, nor payment of the rebate itself. Rebates are based on fully completed application forms and issued on a first come, first served basis. An incomplete application form can result in a delay of payment or no payment if program funds have been exhausted.
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