Energy Efficient Heat Pumps


Heat Pump Rebates

Pump Up the Savings

Most of your electric bill comes from heating and cooling. If your heat pump is older than 10 years, you may want to consider replacing it with a more energy efficient heat pump. There are several energy efficient options available that could save you energy and money.

Heat Pump Measures Dwelling Type Rebate Amount

Variable Speed Mini/Multi-Split Heat Pump

≥ 16 SEER, 8.5 HSPF

Single and Multi-Family

$40 per ½ ton

Variable Speed Mini/Multi-Split Heat Pump

≥ 18 SEER, 9.5 HSPF

Single and Multi-Family

$80 per ½ ton

Single Phase Heat Pump  

 ≥15 SEER, 8.5 HSPF (Split System)

≥15 SEER, 8.2 HSPF (Packaged System)

Single and Multi-Family

$200 per installed system

Single Phase Heat Pump

≥17 SEER, 9.0 HSPF (Single Family Only)

≥17 SEER, 9.0 HSPF (Single Family Only)

Single Family

Multi-Family

$400 per installed system

$250 per installed system

Geothermal Heat Pump

ENERGY STAR® certified Geothermal system

Single and Multi-Family

$600 per installed system

Hybrid Heat Pump

≥15 SEER, 8.5 HSPF

Single and Multi-Family

$500 per installed system

Hybrid Heat Pump

≥17 SEER, 9.0 HSPF or ENERGY STAR® certified Geothermal system

Single and Multi-Family

$700 per installed system

Get Started!

A Santee Cooper Trade Ally will help you choose the best unit for your home. A Trade Ally is a contractor who meets Santee Cooper’s standards and requirements and has training in Santee Cooper's programs.

Select a Trade Ally

It is a good idea to get at least 3 bids for the qualified equipment you are installing.

Your Trade Ally will help you choose and install your new energy efficient heat pump.

Work with your Trade Ally to complete all paperwork once the unit is installed.

  Rebate Application

Check your mail! Your rebate will arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

SEER stands for the seasonal energy efficiency ratio for heat pumps.  The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient a unit is. 

A Santee Cooper Trade Ally is an approved contractor who meets Santee Cooper’s standards and requirements to be part of our Trade Ally List. The Trade Allies have the most up-to-date information concerning program information.

In order to receive a rebate, you must have a Trade Ally install your heat pump. Visit our list of Trade Allies to find the right installer for your needs.

Santee Cooper offers low-interest loans to qualified applicants for heat pump replacements. Visit our loan page for more information.

You can find out more about our Smart Energy Existing Homes Programs through the Program Manual.


Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

Control, Convenience & Savings

A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home anywhere from your smart device, learns your behavior and can adjust the temperature of your home by itself. A rebate is available to customers with an all-electric home who purchase a qualifying smart thermostat listed on the Prequalified Smart Thermostat List. *Home must be all electric, excluding hybrid heat pumps, gas fireplaces and gas cooktops.

Smart Thermostat Rebates are available for:

  • Single Family Homes $50 - non-stacked residences with their own HVAC and water heating systems (i.e. Detached Homes, Duplexes, and Townhomes)
  • Multi-Family Homes $30 - any stacked residences with their own HVAC and water heating systems (i.e. Apartments and Condominiums)

Get Started!

Check the list of qualifying smart thermostats and choose one.

View Qualifying Smart Thermostats

Buy a qualified smart thermostat and install it.

You will need to complete and submit (mail or email) the following to Santee Cooper.

Mail or email to:

Santee Cooper Energy Support Services
305A Gardner Lacy Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

residential.energy@santeecooper.com

Check your mail! Your rebate will arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Smart Thermostats Frequently Asked Questions

No, you do not have to use a Santee Cooper Trade Ally to install a smart thermostat. You will need to complete and submit the Smart Thermostat form along with your receipt for the smart thermostat. In order to receive a rebate, the smart thermostat MUST be on the Prequalified Smart Thermostat List.

Smart thermostats are wi-fi enabled and have occupancy sensing. In other words, they can be controlled from your smart phone and will automatically adjust the temperature when no one is home. This makes a smart thermostat more efficient.

If you purchased one of the thermostats listed on the Prequalified Smart Thermostat List during the program year (December 1, 2020-November 30, 2021), you can still apply for a rebate. You will need to submit the Smart Thermostat form, rebate application, receipt and photo of the installed smart thermostat to Santee Cooper.

Santee Cooper can only offer rebates for thermostats that have documented energy savings in national databases. We will continue to expand the Prequalifying Smart Thermostat List as more thermostats are introduced to the market and their energy savings potential is determined.

Santee Cooper does rebate smart thermostats for multi-family housing. The rebate is lower for multi-family than single family due to the energy savings being lower.

Smart Thermostat Rebates are available for:

  • Single Family Homes $50 - non-stacked residences with their own HVAC and water heating systems (i.e. Detached Homes, Duplexes, and Townhomes)
  • Multi-Family Homes $30 - any stacked residences with their own HVAC and water heating systems (i.e. Apartments and Condominiums)

During the cooler months, set your thermostat at 68° or lower. During the warmer months, set your temperature to 78° or higher.

You can find out more about our Smart Energy Existing Homes Programs through the Program Manual.


Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat Pump Water Heaters Rebates

Hot Water at Your Fingertips

Replace your standard electric water heater with a more energy efficient heat pump water heater. An ENERGY STAR® heat pump water heater is more energy efficient because it uses less energy to heat water. A $400 rebate is available to Santee Cooper customers who purchase and install a heat pump water heater. Rebates are available for Single and Multi-Family homes.


Get Started!

A contractor with a South Carolina Plumbing Contractor’s License will help you make the best choice for your home.

Check here to see if your contractor is a SC Licensed Plumber.

Your contractor will install your new heat pump water heater.

You will need to complete and submit the Rebate Application, receipt, and photo of the installed heat pump water heater.

  Rebate Application

  Heat Pump Water Heater form

Mail or email application and receipt to Santee Cooper:

Santee Cooper Energy Support Services
305A Gardner Lacy Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

residential.energy@santeecooper.com

Check your mail! Your rebate will arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Heat Pump Water Heater Frequently Asked Questions

Your contractor must have a South Carolina Plumbing Contractor’s License for you to qualify for a heat pump water heater rebate. 

You can only install your own heat pump water heater and qualify for a rebate if you have a South Carolina Plumber’s Contractor’s License.

Santee Cooper offers rebates for heat pump water heaters because they are more energy efficient than standard water heaters.

Santee Cooper offers low-interest loans to qualified applicants for heat pump water heaters. Visit our loan page for more information.

The best temperature setting for your water heater is 1200.

You can find out more about our Smart Energy Existing Homes Programs through the Program Manual.


Pool Equipment

Pool Equipment

Splash into Energy Savings

Consider replacing your pool equipment to save energy. By more efficiently heating and cleaning your pool, you may be able to save money on your electric bill. Santee Cooper offers the rebates below for qualifying equipment.

Heat Pump Pool Heater
(Single and Multi-Family)

$225/Heat Pump Pool Water Heater
Pool Pump Motors
(Single and Multi-Family)
$275/Variable Speed Pool Pump
$100/Dual Speed Pool Pump

Get Started!

A contractor with a South Carolina license to install this equipment will help you make the best choice for your home.

Your contractor will help you choose and install your new heat pump pool heater or pool pump motor.

You will need to complete and submit (mail or email) the following to Santee Cooper.

  • Rebate Application
  • Receipt
  • Photo of the installed Heat Pump Pool Heater or Pool Pump Motor
Mail or email to:

Santee Cooper Energy Support Services
305A Gardner Lacy Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

residential.energy@santeecooper.com

Check your mail! Your rebate will arrive within 6-8 weeks.