No Springs Utilities boiler rebates
Editor's note: Westsider Alex Echevarria copied the Westside Pioneer on an e-mail exchange he had with Colorado Springs Utilities (below). We are
running it in hopes the information will prove helpful to people interested in applying for energy rebates. For more information, call Utilities at 448-4800
or go to csu.org.
Dear C.S. Utilities: Recently we had a 90 percent efficiency boiler/water heater installed. Our home has radiant heat and we used to have a very inefficient boiler converted from coal to gas. It probably came with the house when it was built in 1897. Our new boiler is amazing in how efficient it is and how much we have saved on our gas already.
When we had it installed, I looked on your website for a “green” rebate. You had about a hundred furnaces but no boilers. We asked our installer to ask you about this. Your reply was you only gave rebates for furnaces. Why? He forwarded us the message, and there was no explanation or rational behind this.
We wish to preserve the historical character of our home on the Westside. Our radiators are works of art and they fit the character of our home. Why wouldn't you encourage homeowners to preserve the historical characteristics of their homes when they upgrade their heating system? The boilers you can find on the market today are very efficient. Isn't it time for you to think again about your policy of offering rebates for boilers?
Please write me back with a rational explanation why you don't offer rebates for highly efficient boilers. I don't want an explanation like the last one that said nothing. Have you done your research and have a justification for your policy? I would really like to know.
[To Echevarria]: I'm sorry to hear that you have had a difficult time getting a clear answer regarding the rationale of our program portfolio. You are correct that we
offer rebates on Energy Star-qualified furnaces, but not boilers because of the customer demand. The majority of homes in Colorado Springs use natural gas forced-
air furnaces. We did offer rebates on boilers at one time, for several years. We had low to no participation in these programs so we discontinued them. Because there
are administrative costs associated with all rebates, we cannot continue to keep programs open that under-perform.