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Attention! Program changing effective Dec. 31, 2021

The New Home Construction program will change on Dec. 31, 2021. All applications must be received by Dec. 12, 2021 to qualify for the 2021 rebates. Applications received after Dec. 12, 2021 may qualify for the 2022 rebates.

Build the Home of the Future – an All-electric Home

All-electric homes are one-step closer to a renewable energy future. They are designed to lower energy costs, modernize the home, and reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint. For example, using spray foam insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 40%.

In 2020, 515 homes qualified for the rebates. Those homes will save over 1 million kWh hours of energy annually—enough to power about 86 typical homes for an entire year!*

All-electric Construction for a Carbon-free World

Increasing public awareness of climate change, electricity getting cleaner and the dropping per-watt cost of renewable energy, are the primary factors driving the acceleration of housing’s transition from fossil fuel-based homes to all-electric. Advancement in energy-efficient electric technologies for heating/cooling, water heating and cooking allow homeowners to take advantage of renewable energy and reduce dependence on fossil resources at a fraction of the cost.

All-electric homes, including multi-family buildings, are less expensive to build and safer to live in because there are no gas lines to install, no venting of exhaust gasses and no gas connection fees or trenching requirements.

Benefits of Building All-electric

  • Less Expensive
    • No gas lines to install or venting needed within the home.
    • No trenching for gas lines.
  • Safer
    • No carbon monoxide concerns or risk of gas leaks.
  • Flexibility
    • No venting needed for HVAC or appliances.
  • Sustainability
    • Build a reputation for efficiency and sustainability.

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Over $2,500 in Builder Rebates for a Single-family Home

The New Home Construction Rebate program provides builders of electrically heated, single and multi-family homes more control and flexibility when spec’ing HVAC, weatherproofing, water heating and lighting options. With an a la carte rebate system, builders can earn rebates over $2,500 for a single-family home and $47,000* for a multi-family home in Michigan. The New Home Construction flyer provides at-a-glance information.

*Amount based on 3 floors; 8 units per floor; 24 total units. 

Energy Efficiency Rebate Options

  • HVAC Type
    • Air Source Heat Pump
    • Ductless / Mini Split Heat Pump
    • Ductless / Mini Split Heat Pump – Cold Climate
    • Geothermal Heat Pump
    • PTAC Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • LED Lighting
  • Shell Weatherproofing
  • HERS score of 75 or below

New Home Construction Rebate Estimator

The new rebate estimator tool will help you spec a home that meets both your and your client’s energy-saving goals. After you answer some questions specific to the home’s design, the New Construction Rebate Estimator will provide a rebate amount for that specific home design.

HERS Index – An Official Savings Scorecard

The HERS index is the industry standard to measure a home’s energy efficiency. A certified HERS rater uses the index to create a HERS score. The HERS score is like a miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker that tells homeowners and prospective buyers the energy efficiency of a home. HERS scores typically range from 0 to 100 – the lower the HERS score, the more energy efficient the home.

The average home built in 2020 under I&M’s New Construction program had a HERS score of 59. The average state score is 58 in Michigan.

Top Builders in 2020

In 2020, there were 496 homes that qualified for rebates. Lancia Homes, Granite Ridge Builders, Ideal Suburban Homes, Keller Development and Westport Homes constructing more than half of those homes. Keller Development led the way in constructing all-electric homes. See the Press Release for details.

Memberships

The National Association of Home Builders represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities. In addition to our National membership, we are a proud member of these local chapters.

Newsletter

The quarterly e-newsletter focuses on building all-electric homes and the rebates available for new home construction. 

Emails us if you would like to receive the newsletter.

Contact Us

Please email us or call 888-713-0718.

FAQs

Q:

What are the rules / qualifications?

A:

A new build single-family, duplex or multi-family home located in I&M’s Michigan service territory.

  • All-electric home.
  • HERS certification with a score 75 and below.
  • AHRI certificate of HVAC system.
  • Certification must occur between January 1, 2021 and December 12, 2021 and may be obtained by a certified HERS Rater

Q:

Are there deadlines to submit my rebate?

A:

  • Applications must be received within 90 days of HERS certification.
  • Applications must be received by December 12, 2021. Applications received after this date will be processed at 2022 levels.

Q:

Who gets the rebate, and how much is it?

A:

The rebate is paid to the builder. The Rebate Estimator will help you calculate an estimated rebate total for the home.

Q:

What does Shell Weatherproofing include?

A:

The shell weatherproofing rebate includes wall, attic and floor insulation, plus air sealing.

Q:

In the Rebate Estimator, what is ‘Spec’d Build Heat Type’

A:

In order to create a baseline for energy savings and establish a rebate amount. We need the type of heated originally spec’ed in the home design.

Air Source Heat Pump – To qualify for a rebate, installed a higher SEER heat pump or electric heating/cooling system than the heat pump originally spec’d in design.

Electric Furnace  – To qualify for a rebate, installed a high efficiency electric heating/cooling system instead of the electric furnace originally spec’d in design.

Q:

Does a gas heated home qualify for rebates?

A:

No. The home must be all-electric.

Q:

Can I mail in the rebate application?

A:

Rebate applications are only being accepted online.

Own an All-electric Home for a Carbon-free World

Increasing public awareness of climate change, electricity getting cleaner and the dropping per-watt cost of renewable energy, are the primary factors driving the acceleration of housing’s transition from fossil fuel-based homes to all-electric. Advancement in energy-efficient electric technologies for heating/cooling, water heating and cooking allow homeowners to take advantage of renewable energy and reduce dependence on fossil resources at a fraction of the cost. All-electric homes are better for your budget, your safety and our environment.

Why Choose Electric

Lower Your Energy Bill
Energy-efficient technology can lower your energy usage, which can reduce your energy bill. You’ll save an average of 15-25% energy with an electric heat pump water heater and electric heat pumps are 3 times more efficient than old electric baseboard or ceiling heat.

Lower Your Cost of Operation
The price of all-electric appliances, from heat pumps to induction stoves, continues to fall. The cost to operate these appliances is significantly lower. When buying appliances look for the yellow EPA Energy Guide sticker and see the huge energy savings available through energy-efficient equipment. Plus, all-electric homes have one utility bill and no extra service charges.

Create a Safer Home
An all-electric home eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and gas leaks.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Gas appliances release harmful contaminants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. A study by Rocky Mountain Institute study, indicates children in a home with a gas stove have a 24–42% percent increased risk of having asthma. All-electric induction stoves, which even professional chefs love, completely avoid that risk, cooking food better than gas and without indoor air pollution.

Help the Environment
Lowering greenhouse gas emissions reduces your environmental impact. You can reduce your carbon footprint even more by tapping into clean energy sources like solar and wind. All-electric homes can also be powered by renewable energy, making them the only feasible path to zero carbon in buildings.  Whether it’s solar panels on a rooftop, community solar in a farm field or wind turbines in the ocean, clean electricity can power all of these efficient appliances today.

Myths of “Natural Gas”

Myth: Natural Gas is More Efficient

Fact: Electric heat pumps, water heaters, heat pump HVAC systems and induction cooktops use less energy and are 2-3 times more efficient than gas.

Myth: Natural Gas is More Affordable

Fact: Homes with newer heat pump water heaters and HVAC systems have lower utility bills overall than homes with gas appliances. 

Myth: Natural Gas is Better for Cooking

Fact: Electric induction cooktops heat up twice as fast as gas, provide more accurate temperature control and are easier to clean.

Top Builders in 2020

In 2020, there were 464 homes that qualified for rebates. Lancia Homes, Granite Ridge Builders, Ideal Suburban Homes, Keller Development and Westport Homes constructing more than half of those homes. Keller Development led the way in constructing all-electric homes. See the Press Release for details.

Find a Builder

      2019 – 2020 Participating Builders. These builders are not affiliated with I&M. I&M does not make any promise, warranty or representation regarding work performed by the contractors. Please contact several builders to compare prices.

      Memberships

      The National Association of Home Builders represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities. In addition to our National membership, we are a proud member of these local chapters.

      Contact Us

      Please email us or call 888-713-0718.

      FAQs

      Q:

      What is a HERS Score?

      A:

      You can locate a certified HERS rater at RESNET Home Energy Rater.

      Q:

      Do heat pumps work in cold Indiana and Michigan winters?

      A:

      Yes. Heat pump technology has come a long way. All major manufacturers offer cold-climate ductless heat pumps, which must provide at least 80–85% of their heating capacity (without electric resistance backup) in temperatures as low as 5°F. If you have electric resistance heat, then a cold-climate ductless heat pump is an ultra-efficient — and comfortable — option.

      Q:

      What makes the most carbon emissions in my home?

      A:

      Most of the climate-harming carbon dioxide emissions you generate at home come from your hot water and furnace. Water heating and space heating make up more than 80% percent of household emissions.

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      *Data as of 2020. Prior year data updated annually in JuneRebates and participation in 2020, were impacted by COVID-related program changes. Annual energy savings based on 12,000 kWh use per year. Estimated emissions reduction calculations are made using EPA.gov Greenhouse Equivalencies Calculator and gross verified kWh savings by program in 2020.

      Product offerings and rebates are subject to change without notice. See the specific rebate application for Terms & Conditions.