New rebates help GMP customers cut carbon emissions and costs

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New rebates help GMP customers cut carbon emissions and costs

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:00am -- Brandon

A man riding an electric bike in Williston, photo by Green Mountain Power.

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is launching two new rebate programs for customers looking to green up their heating and cooling, and their commutes. GMP customers can get a $400 rebate when they buy a cold climate heat pump. Customers can also get a $200 rebate when they buy an electric bicycle at participating Vermont bike shops.

“Our energy supply is 90% clean carbon free and 60% renewable energy, so heating and cooling with a hyper-efficient heat pump is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and these new rebates offer great savings to help customers make the switch,” said Josh Castonguay, a GMP Vice President who leads innovation and power supply. “Together with customers we are creating a cleaner, more cost-effective and resilient energy future.  GMP has committed to being 100% clean carbon free energy by 2025 and 100% renewable by 2030. These incentives create value for all of our customers by using the energy grid more effectively, reducing carbon and cost for everyone we serve.”

Saving on greener heating and cooling with a heat pump is simple. GMP customers fill out a form on GMP’s website, and email that along with proof of purchase to Customers can receive a $400 rebate for each ductless cold climate heat pump  condenser they buy, and eligible heat pumps are on Efficiency Vermont’s qualified products list.

Ebikes are growing in popularity and a great way to green up your commute. They’re like regular bikes, but the electric-charged battery packs can help your pedal power go up hills, farther or faster when you choose. A recent study by Efficiency Vermont found electric bikes help to offset hundreds of miles of driving that would have been done in fossil fueled vehicles.

GMP customers who shop at participating Vermont bike shops can get the $200 rebate as a discount right away when they buy an ebike or have the shop convert their bike to electric. Customers must show their GMP energy statement. Customers can also get free consultations to help decide what type of electric bike or electric cargo bike is best for their commute based on road conditions, safety features, and a rider’s experience.

“This new rebate is going to help more Vermonters enjoy riding an ebike day-to-day to clean up their commutes,” said Dave Cohen of VBike, which has a contract with the State of Vermont’s Go Vermont program to provide the free ebike consultations. “Ebikes help you experience the natural environment around you in a way that cars just can’t, and we can help you love riding an ebike.”

More details on GMP’s Heat Pump rebate:

More about GMP’s ebike rebates:

Free ebike consultations from VBike:

Participating bike shops where GMP customers can get the $200 rebate:

Bennington: Highlander Bicycle 

Brattleboro: Brattleboro Bicycle Shop, Burrows Specialized Sports

Burlington: Betty’s Bikes, North Star Sports, Old Spokes Home, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack

Colchester: Malletts Bay Bicycle and Ski

Manchester Center: Battenkill Bicycles

Middlebury: Frog Hollow Bikes

Putney: West Hill Shop 

South Burlington: Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness

Waterbury: Waterbury Sports VT

Source: Green Mountain Power