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“Air source heat pumps are on the rise in rural Minnesota and utility officials expect momentum to grow as a result of the state’s new energy conservation law.

A year-and-a-half-old collaboration between the nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment and five outstate Minnesota utilities is aiming to make heat pumps mainstream by the end of the decade by offering training and other support to contractors, as well as rebate referrals and information to consumers.

The Minnesota Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative has identified rebates available to customers in nearly every utility territory ranging from $200 to $2,000. The number of rebates awarded by its members more than doubled to 3,107 in 2020 compared to 1,356 in 2019.

Utility officials expect those numbers to keep climbing, in part due to the state’s recently signed Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act. The legislation frees up utilities to make comparisons between propane and other fuels when marketing heat pumps. In addition, it allows utilities to count energy savings from fuel-switching toward their energy conservation targets.”

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The efficiency of heat pumps to not only provide heating but cooling as well means big savings for consumers. One study shows that homeowners using a propane heating system may save anywhere from 35% to 55% on their energy bills. That’s a significant amount of savings that surely everyone would love to have. Now with rebates being offered, affordability for the average person is becoming more realistic for heat pump technology.

At Temperature Control Specialties we offer a variety of heat pumps from the Trane brand. Check out our heat pump page or call us at (317) 247-7663 to inquire about these products.