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Incentive Programs
Stoughton Utilities is proud to offer numerous incentive programs to our residential customers. Some incentive programs require an application form to be completed by the customer prior to approval. When required, these forms can be downloaded by clicking the application icon below the program description.
Appliance Recycling Program
Appliance Recycling Program
Get up to $70 today!

Are you stuck with older, inefficient appliances that are still in use? Did you know they’re costing you extra money on your energy bills, up to $150 every year? We think it’s time to break free. When you're ready to get rid of your old refrigerator or freezer still in working condition, Stoughton Utilities in partnership with Focus on Energy, will arrange for, and cover the costs of pick-up, haul-away and responsible recycling. We'll even pay you $35 per unit!

Refrigerators built before 1993 can use two to three times more energy than newer, high-efficiency models. Many homeowners keep a second fridge or stand-alone freezer in their garage or basement. Recycling these appliances can save you approximately $150 a year on your energy bills. To find out how much your old refrigerator or freezer may be costing visit the Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator.

Cash-back rewards through the Appliance Recycling Program are available to residential customers and subject to the following criteria:
  • $35 for each refrigerator and freezer (limit 2 per customer per calendar year).
  • Refrigerator or freezer must be:
    • Between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.
    • Clean and empty on the day of pick up, and in working condition.
    • Accessible with a clear and safe path of removal.
  • The removal team will not risk injury; remove personal effects or modify your home (e.g. remove doors or railings) to have the unit(s) removed safely
Scheduling a pickup is quick and easy. To start saving money on your energy bills, simply answer a few quick questions and schedule a pickup time online at Wisconsin Focus on Energy.

If you are just disposing of a dehumidifier, air conditioner unit, or other small appliance and live inside the City limits, you can simply put it out with your trash on the last garbage pick-up day of each month. John's Disposal will collect any small appliances and responsibly recycle them. Please note that this does not include televisions or other electronics. If you have a non-working unit, please contact John's Disposal to arrange a pick-up for a fee.
CFL and LED Bulb Recycling
CFL and LED Bulb RecyclingCFL Recycling
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) help conserve natural resources like coal and gas by using far less electricity than common incandescent bulbs. CFLs last longer, too. Unfortunately, some good things do end and your CFL will eventually burn out.

All CFL bulbs, including ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs, contain a small amount of mercury -- about 5 milligrams (mg) per bulb. That's less than the mercury in your average watch battery, and just enough to cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. CFLs are safe to use, as they do not emit mercury when they are intact, in use, properly stored, handled, and/or installed. Because CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, the bulbs should be recycled properly and not thrown in the trash. By recycling the bulbs, you are helping prevent the release of mercury into the environment. Plus, almost all components of the bulbs can be reused.

Focus on Energy has made it easy for you by partnering with nearly 400 retailers across the state to offer free CFL recycling. Simply bring in your expired, unbroken CFLs to a participating retailer near you, and they will ship them to an environmental management center to be recycled in accordance with environmental regulations.

LED Recycling
You don’t have to worry about mercury with LED bulbs, but they do contain nickel, some lead, and even trace amounts of arsenic. When used properly, these lights are risk-free, but they have significant health hazards if they're thrown out in the trash to be left in a landfill. LED bulbs should be properly disposed of similar to other e-waste.

More than 95 percent of an LED bulb is recyclable. You can recycle your LED bulbs at Dane County Clean Sweep, or use Earth911's free search tool to find other recycling solutions near you.
ENERGY STAR® Appliances
ENERGY STAR® Appliances
Get a $25 bill credit today!

The average household spends about $2,000 a year on energy costs. Appliances and electronics account for about 30 percent of that amount. ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models, without sacrificing any features or convenience! Look for the ENERGY STAR logo® whenever purchasing new appliances or devices.

Save when you purchase, keep saving day after day...
Stoughton Utilities has partnered with Wisconsin Focus on Energy, ENERGY STAR®, and participating retailers to make these high-performing, high-quality products more affordable. That means you’ll save on your purchase, you’ll save year after year and you’ll help save the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

ENERGY STAR® appliances include refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, room air conditioners and purifiers, and even home audio sound bars.

Start shopping today...
You can view eligible appliances and models and compare the benefits, features and pricing, as well as view the list of participating retailers, by visiting Focus on Energy's online product catalog.

Get a $25 bill credit today!
New for 2017, Stoughton Utilities customers can receive a $25 bill credit incentive upon the purchase of certain ENERGY STAR® rate products. Incentives are available for ENERGY STAR®
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Air purifiers

To request your bill credit, please download and complete the application form. Return the completed form along with a copy of your sales receipt to our office, or scan and send the form and sales receipt to us by email.

To qualify for this rebate, products must be listed as an ENERGY STAR® appliance at energystar.gov, and purchases must be made after January 1, 2017. Completed forms and sales receipts must be received prior to December 1, 2017. Limit two incentives per customer, subject to available program funding.
ENERGY STAR® Lighting
ENERGY STAR® Lighting
Get instant discounts of up to $4.00 on LEDs!

Lighting accounts for about 20% of annual household electricity bills, or approximately $200 per year. Every time someone flips a light switch to turn on a light, coal is being burned at a power plant to produce electricity, and as it is burned it releases carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury and other toxins. The higher the bulb wattage, the more electricity needed to make it burn bright, and of course the more electricity used means higher energy costs for you.

You can save money by switching to energy-efficient lighting. Generally, the most energy-efficient types of home lighting are LED bulbs, which provide high-quality light, use less energy, and last longer than standard bulbs. By using less energy, efficient lighting reduces pollution and is better for the environment.

Focus on Energy’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program can help you save money and lower energy consumption. Focus on Energy is partnering with retailers around Wisconsin to offer instant discounts or coupons on ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting products at participating retailers for select lighting products, while supplies last.

In Stoughton, participating retailers include Stoughton Garden Center, Asleson's True Value Hardware, Stoughton Lumber / Ace Hardware, Walgreens, and Walmart. Just look for the Focus on Energy Special Pricing sticker to save!
Home Performance Program: Heating and Cooling Improvements
Home Performance Program:  Heating and Cooling ImprovementsEnjoy year-round savings and comfort!

Are you looking to take steps toward lower energy bills and a more comfortable home? You’re on the right path. With Heating and Cooling Improvements from the Home Performance Program, you have a menu of energy-saving options to choose from, including a new furnace, boiler, smart thermostat or water heater.

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to water heating and air heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can make a big impact on your utility bills and your comfort. Heating and air conditioning contractors have partnered with Focus on Energy to help Wisconsin consumers make informed choices about heating and air conditioning equipment purchases.

You can receive incentives for each individual improvement, or make multiple upgrades at once and increase your incentives. WIt’s easy to see how the right mix of improvements can deliver sizable savings.

Focus on Energy’s Home Performance Program - Residential Rewards offers incentives to customers for the replacement of furnaces, boilers and water heaters with high-efficiency equipment.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®Whole Home Improvements... The more you do, the more you save!

Energy experts recommend taking a comprehensive, whole home approach when looking to boost comfort and keep your energy bills in check. The Whole Home Improvements path with ENERGY STAR® helps you do just that by looking at your home as a system.

It starts with a home energy assessment. After the assessment, you'll receive a clear road map of recommended improvements, cash incentives, and expert guidance to help you use energy smarter. Homeowners who receive an energy assessment typically see utility bill savings of 20 percent or more. Plus, you'll qualify for the highest incentives. Consider it your reward for getting the most comfort out of your home and taking a comprehensive approach to saving energy.

Homeowners can receive an energy assessment performed by a certified contractor who will then recommend upgrades specific to your home’s needs. At the time of the assessment, you will also be eligible to receive free direct installation of energy efficient equipment, such as LED bulbs and faucet aerators. If you choose to move forward with the recommend upgrades, Focus on Energy will provide cash-back rewards, up to $2,250.

What improvements may be made?
Qualifying homeowners will receive a home energy assessment. As part of the evaluation, the program consultant will review the home as an entire system and show you how it is using, and possibly misusing, energy. The consultant will also conduct a safety test to verify that combustion appliances, such as the furnace and hot water heater, are not exhausting carbon monoxide into your home.

A home energy assessment helps pinpoint where your home is wasting energy, what you can do to save money and enjoy greater comfort, and determines the best order to complete improvements. It’s performed by a trained and certified Trade Ally contractor who will also look at health and safety issues that may be present. Energy assessments may vary in scope and typically range between $200-$400 dollars. Final scope and cost often depend upon the age, size, and condition of your home. If you qualify for Tier 2 incentives, the assessment fee is reduced to a $50 co-pay.

Depending on the results of the home energy assessment, your home may receive one or more of the following energy efficiency improvements:
  • Insulation. Adding insulation to the attic, walls and crawlspaces helps reduce energy use and increase comfort.
  • Heating and cooling system updates. Replacing an inefficient furnace, boiler and/or central air conditioner will save energy and reduce energy costs.
  • Sealing air leaks. Sealing air leaks will reduce the cold drafts caused by unwanted holes in the home's structure and may improve indoor air quality.
  • Energy saving products. Installing water-saving faucet aerators and shower heads, as well as ENERGY STAR qualified compact LED light bulbs, saves energy.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. Replacing old inefficient refrigerators and freezers with ENERGY STAR qualified models will use a fraction of the energy.
For more information, please visit Focus on Energy.
Multifamily Energy Savings Program
Multifamily Energy Savings ProgramMake your multifamily building more efficient for less with free measures and financial incentives.

Do you own or manage a multifamily building? Focus on Energy offers a variety of services to multifamily building owners, managers and developers to show how they can lower operating costs, achieve a better bottom line and improve the living spaces for tenants. The Multifamily Energy Savings Program specializes in energy efficiency projects for new and existing multifamily residential properties with four or more units and offers free installation of energy saving devices like LEDs, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators in residential units.

Focus on Energy offers a variety of services to apartment & condo owners, including:
  • Energy evaluations, at no cost, that examine overall building performance, including heating and cooling systems and other measures.
  • Incentives for the purchase and installation of equipment at existing buildings, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, lighting and specialty measures.
  • Incentives for the purchase and installation of equipment at new construction projects, including HVAC equipment and common area lighting.
  • Additional incentives are available for custom projects specific to the existing or new building’s needs.
Visit Focus on Energy for more information.
New Home Construction
New Home ConstructionBuild a new home that is up to 100% more energy efficient than the average new home.

Building a new home is a major investment. The Focus on Energy New Homes Program can help you make the most of that investment with a high-performance home that saves energy and money. We will help you make educated decisions about your home.

The Focus on Energy New Homes Program pairs prospective homeowners with builders and energy experts to construct new homes that are between 25 and 100 percent more efficient than homes built to Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code. They are built to be as comfortable, durable, combustion safe and energy efficient as possible.

Your Focus on Energy Building Performance Consultant will make sure your home meets the highest standards for energy efficiency, combustion safety, comfort and durability—ensuring your dream home is also a sound investment.

In addition to a more energy efficient home, you will also enjoy other benefits, including:
  • Peace of mind. Focus provides you with the confidence, expertise, and assistance to help you build the home of your dreams.
  • A more energy-efficient home. A Focus on Energy New Home is at least 25 percent more efficient than homes that are merely built to code, which means lower energy costs and more efficient performance. Expect air tightness that minimizes drafts and creates superior indoor air quality; sealed combustion equipment and carbon monoxide detectors ensure combustion safety and whole-house ventilation for proper circulation.
  • Proof of energy efficiency. Any builder can say they build energy-efficient homes. The difference with Focus is that you have a third-party certification to prove it.
  • Easy decision making. From initial planning and preparation through construction and inspection, we will be there every step of the way, making sure your home meets the highest standards of quality craftsmanship and ensuring your investment is a sound one.
  • Dedicated builders. Focus on Energy rewards builders for constructing homes to be as efficient as possible, so you know your new home will be built to save and last.
Plus, when you buy a Focus New Home, you get the added benefit of knowing you're helping preserve Wisconsin's environment. Less energy used means fewer environmental effects on our air, water, and land.

Visit Focus on Energy to learn more today.
Renewable Energy Equipment Program
Renewable Energy Equipment ProgramAs energy costs rise and environmental concerns grow, more and more Wisconsin residents are becoming interested in renewable energy. Cleaner energy sources, such as energy harnessed from the ground (geothermal) or from the sun, save energy and money while reducing pollution to help protect the environment.

If you’ve already put in the work to make your home or business as energy efficient as possible, now is the perfect time to take an even more rewarding step. Follow the Renewable Energy path and receive Focus on Energy cash incentives for qualified solar electric and geothermal installations.

Focus on Energy Cash-Back Rewards are available to Stoughton Utilities residential customers who install new renewable energy systems to their existing home. Click here to learn more about Focus on Energy's Residential Renewable Energy Program, including eligible equipment, steps to apply for cash-back rebates, eligibility requirements, and more.
Simple Energy Efficiency Packs
Simple Energy Efficiency Packs
Receive free LED bulbs and other energy saving items today!

Get your Simple Energy Efficiency Pack today, and take advantage of ways to use energy smarter. Wisconsin Focus on Energy is offering free energy saving items in convenient packages.

Each Simple Energy Efficiency pack contains a variety of product such as:
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified Light Emitting Diode (LED) Light Bulbs – LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, producing less heat and more light per watt. Plus, they have an extremely long life span, about 25,000 hours.
  • High-Efficiency Showerhead – Efficient showerheads lower the gallons of water used per minute, without compromising performance – allowing you to use less water, and potentially lowering water and heating bills.
  • Water-Saving Kitchen and Bathroom Faucet Aerators – These simple screw-in aerators reduce water use in your sinks while providing the pressure you need to wash. Reducing your water use will save you money on the cost of heating your water.
  • Advanced Power Strip (APS) - APS are designed primarily for home entertainment centers and home office areas. They work by preventing electronics from drawing power when they are off or not being used.

You can choose which pack works best for your home.
Six different Simple Energy Efficiency packs are available to choose from, two of which are available at no cost to you. Visit Wisconsin Focus on Energy to order your Simple Energy Efficiency Pack today.
Smart Thermostat Incentive
Smart Thermostat Incentive
Get a $25 bill credit today!

Did you know that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to interior space heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can make a big impact on your utility bills and your comfort.

Due to advances in technology, you can now save energy and money without sacrificing comfort. A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that "learns" your habits to help you manage home heating and cooling costs. This thermostat then adjusts your HVAC equipment based not only on your home's unique energy profile, but also the actual and predicted outdoor weather forecast.

A smart thermostat saves up to $120 annually, and typically pays for itself in the first two years -- and we want to help you buy one! New for 2017, if you purchase a new, currently-qualified Smart Thermostat, we'll give you a $25 bill credit incentive.

To request your bill credit, please download and complete the application form. Return the completed form along with a copy of your sales receipt to our office, or scan and send the form and sales receipt to us by email

Your Smart Thermostat purchase may also be eligible for an additional $75 incentive from Focus on Energy! Click here to view Focus on Energy program requirements, and apply for the Focus on Energy incentive. To qualify for this additional incentive, you must either have electric heat, or receive natural gas service from Alliant Energy.

To qualify for the Stoughton Utilities rebate, your smart thermostat model must be listed on the attached application form, and purchases must be made after January 1, 2017. Completed forms and sales receipts must be received prior to December 1, 2017. Limit one incentive per customer, subject to available program funding.
 
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