One of the best ways to convince people to make a purchase is to offer a rebate. While companies and merchants may try to get the word out about rebates, it can be difficult to know if enough people have heard about a particular rebate. As a customer, it can be incredibly frustrating to find out too late that you could have gotten a better deal through a great rebate. Energy rebates can be particularly tricky because it isn’t always about a particular appliance; rather rebates can come from energy companies too.
To make the most of your gas appliances, you need to pay attention to rebates, both when you buy appliances and from your gas company. This can be particularly important in the kitchen because that is the place where people will be using gas nearly every day. You want to ensure that your kitchen is cost-effective, and the best way to do that is through research and energy rebates.
What Is a Gas Rebate?
When most people talk about rebates, they mean for actual purchases, such as a gas stove or a gas oven, but that is not the only kind of gas rebate. The one that you likely are not making the most of is an energy rebate, something that gas providers offer their customers as an incentive to make their homes more energy efficient. Every gas company that offers such a rebate does so on its own terms.
Regardless of whether a rebate is for a gas appliance or from a gas company, they are always offered after you make a purchase or have paid for it. All rebates have their own rules that you must follow, so you are going to have to do a bit of research before you spend any money. If you don’t meet the rules set forth, then you may not get the full rebate, or any rebate at all. It is the ultimate example of the saying, “You have to spend money to make money,” but as long s you follow the rules you may not have to spend as much money.
Gas Appliance Rebates
Although you probably already know about rebates for gas appliances, it is still something to keep in mind when you need a new appliance. It is easy to forget to think about rebates when making such a large purchase because it likely is not the deciding factor. However, as long as you make it a priority, you are more apt to get a better deal on a new gas appliance.
Typically, all you need to do to qualify for these rebates is to send in proof of purchase details, and you will receive a check once it has been processed. Make sure to follow all of the instructions, and make sure that you do it within the time frame given after you make the purchase.
The most important thing to keep in mind for gas appliance rebates is that if you get one that qualifies with your gas company, you can get two rebates – one for the purchase of the appliance and one from your gas company. That does mean more research before you make a purchase, but ultimately, you can save a lot more from rebates and appliances that are more energy efficient.
Energy rebates are considerably more time consuming because each one is unique (although many companies will mirror or use another company’s program as a basis for their own rebate program). The majority of gas energy rebates require customers to follow certain guidelines and rules that they publish to their website. They may also require that you have an inspection completed before you can receive the rebate. You can find out what kinds of changes and appliances qualify, and how much of a rebate you can expect based on those changes. Typically, the more energy you conserve the more money you will save in rebates and future energy costs. However, do be prepared to spend a bit more up front.
With two types of rebates, you do have your work cut out for you but it is worth your time. For appliances, the company that manufactures the appliance is usually the source of rebates. That means you can research specific companies online instead of the stores around you. If you have a preferred brand, that could make it a little easier and less time-consuming.
To find energy rebates, you will need to check out the website for your current gas company. You should probably also contact your provider to see if there are updates or other factors that are not covered on the website. You want to make sure you meet all of the requirements to qualify.
Don’t forget that in addition to rebates, you may be able to qualify for tax credits as well. Some energy rebates do align with federal guidelines, and there may be a state level rebate as well (those will be more likely to match your local company’s rebate guidelines). If you have the time and energy, it would be best to see if you can bundle tax credits in with your other appliance and energy rebates.