How to Participate

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You’re just steps away from a more comfortable, energy-efficient home! Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

Step 1: Schedule Appointment. Book your home energy analysis with a SMECO Energy Advisor. Let us know if you are interested in switching to a smart thermostat—you can get a $100 instant rebate for qualifying models and no-cost installation (limit 3 per household).* You can also tell us if you’re interested in a no-cost HVAC system tune-up.

Step 2: Receive Analysis. Using diagnostic tests, your Energy Advisor will perform a comprehensive walk-through analysis to identify specific improvements that could reduce energy use by up to 20 percent. Check out some typical home energy improvements. You may also be eligible for energy-saving measures to be installed on the spot. With your approval, items may include LEDs, faucet aerators, efficient-flow showerheads, pipe insulation, and smart power strips.

Step 3: Review Report. Within seven business days, your Energy Advisor will provide a list of customized solutions that highlight the approximate energy savings and pricing to make the upgrades. Plus, you’ll learn about SMECO rebates—up to $7,500—available for one year.

Step 4: Select Improvements. Work with your Energy Advisor to review the recommendations, and then decide which solutions make sense for your home and budget. At this point, your Energy Advisor will connect you with an installation contractor to complete your projects. Your contractor may schedule an on-site visit to finalize your contract.

Step 5: Complete Upgrades. You’ll work with the installation contractor to schedule the work. The installation contractor will provide a contract that shows your final cost with the guaranteed rebates for improvements you select. Your installation contractor may require partial payment prior to starting work; the remaining payment is due following the completion of your project.

Step 6: Enjoy Savings! Your home may be selected for QA/QC to ensure customer satisfaction, or you may receive a survey via email to provide feedback about this program. We hope your experience is so great that you share it with your neighbors, family, and friends!

Ready to get started? Schedule your home energy analysis today.

*To receive the $100 thermostat rebate through the Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP), a Honeywell thermostat must be purchased and installed by a SMECO-approved installation contractor. Would you like to have a smart thermostat installed? When requesting an HEIP appointment, click “yes” and a SMECO preferred HVAC contractor will contact you to schedule your smart thermostat installation. Units purchased via retailers or the SMECO Online Store are not eligible for the HEIP no-cost installation service.

Financing for Energy Efficiency Projects:

Not sure if a Home Energy Improvement Program project will fit in your family's budget? Your SMECO Energy Advisor can help you weigh the costs versus benefits of making upgrades, and eligible customer-members may qualify for financial assistance above and beyond SMECO rebates. Talk with an Energy Advisor to learn more.


Get answers. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions. You can also submit a question to a SMECO Energy Advisor or call 1-877-818-4094.

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