Rebates for your business

Cash rebates are available to Nicor Gas business customers for the following high-efficiency equipment. Participation is simple.

  1. Find a contractor to install the equipment. All equipment must be installed by a professional contractor unless noted.
  2. Install qualifying high-efficiency equipment between June 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
  3. Apply within 90 days of installation or by January 31, 2018, whichever comes first, to receive the following rebates.
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Space and water heating

$25 - $7,500
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

≤ 299 MBTUH

    Qualifying products

$500

300-499 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,500

500-999 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$2,500

1,000-1,700 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$5,000

1,701-2,000 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$7,500
Additional qualifications
  • Condensing boilers must have a TE ≥ 90% with an input capacity of 300-2,000 MBTUH, or an AFUE ≥ 90% with an input capacity of 0-299 MBTUH. 
  • Condensing boilers must have an outdoor-air reset control installed (either integrated or added onto the system), unless the supply temperature does not exceed 140 F.
  • End-use must be space-heating.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

≤ 299 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$400

300-499 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,000

500-999 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,250

1,000-1,700 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,750

1,701-2,000 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$2,500
Additional qualifications

  • Non-condensing boilers must have a TE ≥ 85% with an input capacity of 300-2,000 MBTUH, or an AFUE ≥ 85% with an input capacity of 0-299 MBTUH.
  • End-use must be space-heating.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.


AFUE ≥ 92%

   Qualifying products

$300

AFUE ≥ 95%

   Qualifying products

$400
Additional qualifications
  • Residential-sized furnaces must be installed in commercial or multi-family spaces and must be used for space heating. 
  • Furnaces must have an input capacity ≤ 225 MBTUH.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Low-intensity heater

   Qualifying products

$700
Additional qualifications
  • Only low-intensity heaters are eligible. 
  • Heaters must have an electric ignition and must use non-conditioned air for combustion. 
  • Heaters must be designated for indoor uses only
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

TE ≥ 90%

   Qualifying products

$325
Additional qualifications
  • Must have a TE ≥ 90% and input capacity < 300 MBTUH. Heater must be vented and condensate drained per manufacturer specifications. 
  • Heater must be replacing an existing, non-condensing unit heater.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

< 800 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$250

800-1,600 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$700

> 1,600 MBTUH

   Qualifying products

$1,000
Additional qualifications
  • Must have TE ≥ 92%. 
  • Must be classified as high temperature heating and ventilation (HTHV) equipment. 
  • Must be a retrofit, replacing existing equipment in an existing space. 
  • Must have a ≥ 140 F temperature rise and ≥ 150 F discharge temperature.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

≤ 75 MBTUH, EF ≥ 0.67 and tank size ≤ 55 gallon

   Qualifying products

$50

> 75 MBTUH and TE ≥ 88%

   Qualifying products

$100
Additional qualifications
  • Water heaters with input capacity ≤ 75 MBTUH must be natural gas storage water heaters with an EF ≥ 0.67, tank size ≤ 55 gallons and must meet ENERGY STAR® standards. 
  • Water heaters with input capacity > 75 MBTUH must be natural gas storage water heaters with a TE ≥ 88%. All tank sizes qualify. 
  • Rebate amount is determined by the input capacity of the natural gas storage water heater. 
  • Indirect and instantaneous (tankless) water heaters are not eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Programmable thermostat

   Qualifying products

$25
Additional qualifications
  • The programmable thermostat must be capable of maintaining separate programs for weekdays and weekends, with at least two temperature settings for each program. 
  • Must be installed on systems with space heating equipment < 300 MBTUH. 
  • Thermostats installed as part of a new facility construction are not eligible for rebates.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Steam traps

$50 - $300
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Commercial steam trap

$50 per trap
Additional qualifications
  • Steam trap repairs/replacements must be completed/installed on an existing commercial or multi-family system. Rebates are paid per steam trap and will not exceed the cost of the repair/replacement. 
  • Orifice- and venturi-type steam traps are not eligible for steam trap rebates. 
  • New steam traps and repairs/replacements must replace existing steam traps, one-for-one. 
  • Rebate available for all steam systems.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Dry cleaner steam trap

$250 per trap
Additional qualifications
  • Steam trap repairs/replacements must be completed/installed on an existing commercial or multi-family system. Rebates are paid per steam trap and will not exceed the cost of the repair/replacement. 
  • Orifice- and venturi-type steam traps are not eligible for steam trap rebates. 
  • New steam traps and repairs/replacements must replace existing steam traps, one-for-one. 
  • Repairs/replacements must be completed on existing steam traps that are failed leaking or blow-through. Blocked traps do not qualify. 
  • System must be located in a laundromat or dry cleaner and have an operating pressure ≥ 15 psig. 
  • Record of a third-party steam trap survey must be submitted with your rebate application. If work will be done internally and a third-party survey will not be conducted, a program representative must review the facility’s survey procedures and approve the approach prior to the steam trap repair/replacement. Contact energySMART at info@nicorgasrebates.com or 877.886.4239 to work with a program representative on your steam trap survey. 
  • Steam traps on a space-heating system do not qualify for the dry cleaner steam trap rebate.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Industrial/Process steam trap

$300 per trap
Additional qualifications
  • Steam trap repairs/replacements must be completed/installed on an existing commercial or multi-family system. Rebates are paid per steam trap and will not exceed the cost of the repair/replacement. 
  • Orifice- and venturi-type steam traps are not eligible for steam trap rebates. 
  • New steam traps and repairs/replacements must replace existing steam traps, one-for-one. 
  • Repairs/replacements must be completed on existing steam traps that are failed leaking or blow-through. Blocked traps do not qualify. 
  • System must have operating pressure ≥ 15 psig. 
  • Record of a third-party steam trap survey must be submitted with your rebate application. If work will be done internally and a third-party survey will not be conducted, a program representative must review the facility’s survey procedures and approve the approach prior to the steam trap repair/replacement. Contact energySMART at info@nicorgasrebates.com or 877.886.4239 to work with a program representative on your steam trap survey.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Efficiency improvements

Varies
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Add-on control

   Qualifying products

$1.25 per MBTUH, up to $1,500

Integrated control

   Qualifying products

$1.25 per MBTUH, up to $1,500
Additional qualifications
  • Limited to controls on hot water boilers with input capacity ≥ 100 MBTUH. Boiler end-use must be space heating. 
  • Controls must be installed on a boiler in a commercial or multi-family space at the installation address listed on this application. 
  • Rebates are paid based on the input capacity of the boiler and will not exceed the total cost of the installed control or $1,500, whichever is less. 
  • Controls must be installed on an existing boiler (add-on) or a new boiler that is not required to have reset controls installed (integrated).
    • Controls installed on a new boiler that is ≥ 90% efficient are not eligible for this rebate.
  • Controls must result in an output temperature range ≥ 10 F. 
  • Controls must automatically control boiler output water temperature set point based on outdoor air temperature; manual controls are not eligible. 
  • Additional documentation may be requested to verify the boiler manufacturer and model. Appropriate documentation may include a picture of the boiler nameplate.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Domestic hot water control

   Qualifying products

$660 per control
Additional qualifications
  • Only multi-family properties are eligible for this rebate. 
  • Must be installed as an add-on control to an existing central domestic hot water (CDHW) system. 
  • Domestic hot water system must have an existing re-circulating pump. 
  • Existing re-circulating pump must cycle on based on the recirculation loop return water dropping below a prescribed temperature and when the hot water demand is sensed as water flows through the system.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

2" installed on any outdoor system

$10 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor steam system

$4 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor hot water system

$4 per linear foot

1" installed on indoor pipe <1" diameter

$0.50 per linear foot
Additional qualifications
  • Fiberglass, foam, calcium silicate or other similar insulation types qualify. 
  • Rebate amount is determined by the piping location and system type. 
  • Pipe insulation installed as part of a new facility construction is not eligible for a rebate. 
  • Rebates are paid per linear foot installed and will not exceed the total cost of the insulation installed. 
  • Insulation added to fittings will be measured in inches and included in the total number of linear feet installed. 
  • Total linear feet of insulation, including insulation on fittings, will be rounded to the nearest foot. 
  • If insulation is < 2” thick on outdoor pipe or < 1” on indoor pipe, the insulation material must be listed on the invoice in addition to other requirements. The R-value of the insulation will be verified for eligibility. 
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare piping that is less than 1” in diameter.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.
2" installed on any outdoor pipe system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 2” thick or have an R-value ≥ 6.45 and must be installed on existing bare outdoor piping (hot water or steam) that is at least 1” in diameter and must include an all-weather protective jacket.
1" installed on indoor steam system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare indoor piping that is part of a steam system (space heating or process steam) that is at least 1” in diameter.
1" installed on indoor hot water system
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare indoor piping that is part of a hot water system (domestic hot water, space heating or condensate return) that is at least 1” in diameter.
1" installed on pipe <1" diameter
  • To qualify, insulation must be at least 1” thick or have an R-value ≥ 3.25 and must be installed on existing bare piping that is less than 1” in diameter.

Installed on indoor pool/spa

$1.25 per sq. ft.

Installed on outdoor pool/spa

$0.75 per sq. ft.
Additional qualifications
  • Cover must be installed on a commercial-use pool/spa that is heated with gas-fired equipment. 
  • Cover must be installed on a pool/spa that currently does not have a cover, or has a cover that requires replacement. 
  • Pool/spa must be located in a commercial or multi-family (indoor or outdoor) property. 
  • Rebates are paid per square foot installed and will not exceed the total cost of the cover. 
  • Invoice must include total square footage of cover.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Ozone laundry

   Qualifying products

$35 per pound of washer capacity
Additional qualifications
  • Rebate is paid per pound of capacity on all clothes washers associated with the ozone laundry installation, and cannot exceed the total installed cost. 
  • Customer must have a gas-fired boiler or natural gas water heater that supplies hot water to the on-premise laundry facility. 
  • System must use ozone (O3). 
  • Laundry facility must be on site. 
  • Invoice must include total washing capacity.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Clothes dryer modulation control

  Qualifying products

$100
Additional qualifications
  • Must be installed on an existing 30 to 250 pound capacity commercial gas dryer with no modulating capabilities. 
  • In-unit laundry applications do not qualify.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Demand-controlled ventilation

   Qualifying products

$150
Additional qualifications
  • Rebate is paid per sensor. 
  • Pre-approval is required to receive a rebate. Complete and submit the pre-approval application. A copy of the pre-approval letter must be submitted with this rebate application.
  • Must be installed as an energy conservation measure. 
  • Must be integrated into the facility’s ventilation system control strategy. 
  • Must be installed on an existing HVAC system, and not be replacing an existing demand controlled ventilation application. Sensors installed as part of a new facility construction are not eligible for rebates. 
  • CO2 sensors must have a minimum manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Boiler tune-ups

up to $1,500
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Space heating boiler

$0.50 per MBTUH, up to $,1500
Additional qualifications
  • Rebates are available on a per-boiler basis and can only be claimed once during the energySMART offering period, June 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017. 
  • Eligible boilers must have an input capacity > 100 MBTUH and have been operational for at least two years. 
  • Boilers installed as part of a new facility construction are not eligible. 
  • Only natural gas steam and hot water boilers are eligible. Domestic hot water boilers are not eligible. 
  • The combustion efficiency of the boiler must be tested pre- and post-tune-up, and an increase in efficiency must be shown at the mid- or high-fire range, or fire rate most commonly used in the facility. Results from both tests must be submitted with the completed rebate application. 
  • Boiler tune-up services must be completed by a professional third-party contractor. 
  • An accurate manufacturer, model and input capacity for the boiler on which the tune-up was completed must be provided on the rebate application. If the boiler’s manufacturer, model and input capacity cannot be validated, the rebate may be capped at $250 per boiler. 
  • Additional information may be requested to verify the boiler manufacturer, model and serial number. Appropriate documentation may include a picture of the boiler nameplate. 
  • Verification of the completed boiler tune-up services must be provided with the completed rebate application. Only one of the following is required: 
    • Completed and signed boiler tune-up checklist; 
    • Contractor invoice including all of the boiler tune-up services clearly itemized and the service technician’s signature; or 
    • Service technician’s signature on completed boiler tune-up checklist.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Process heating boiler

$0.50 per MBTUH, up to $,1500
Additional qualifications
  • Rebates are available on a per-boiler basis and can only be claimed once during the energySMART offering period, June 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017. 
  • Eligible boilers must have an input capacity > 100 MBTUH and have been operational for at least two years. 
  • Boilers installed as part of a new facility construction are not eligible. 
  • Only natural gas steam and hot water boilers are eligible. Domestic hot water boilers are not eligible. 
  • The combustion efficiency of the boiler must be tested pre- and post-tune-up, and an increase in efficiency must be shown at the mid- or high-fire range, or fire rate most commonly used in the facility. Results from both tests must be submitted with the completed rebate application. 
  • Boiler tune-up services must be completed by a professional third-party contractor. 
  • An accurate manufacturer, model and input capacity for the boiler on which the tune-up was completed must be provided on the rebate application. If the boiler’s manufacturer, model and input capacity cannot be validated, the rebate may be capped at $250 per boiler. 
  • Additional information may be requested to verify the boiler manufacturer, model and serial number. Appropriate documentation may include a picture of the boiler nameplate. 
  • Verification of the completed boiler tune-up services must be provided with the completed rebate application. Only one of the following is required: 
    • Completed and signed boiler tune-up checklist; 
    • Contractor invoice including all of the boiler tune-up services clearly itemized and the service technician’s signature; or 
    • Service technician’s signature on completed boiler tune-up checklist.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Commercial food service equipment

$25 - $1,000
Qualifying equipment:
Rebates:

Conveyor oven width < 25 inches

$500 per deck

Conveyor oven width ≥ 25 inches

   Qualifying products

$1,000 per deck

ENERGY STAR combination oven

   Qualifying products

$900 per deck

ENERGY STAR convection oven

   Qualifying products

$400

Infrared rotisserie oven

   Qualifying products

$500

Rack oven

   Qualifying products

$700 per rack
Additional qualifications

Conveyor oven

  • Cooking efficiency ≥ 42% using ASTM standard F1817. Must have an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 57,000 Btu/h. 
  • Number of decks is determined by the manufacturer and model number. 
  • Rebates are paid per deck, based on conveyor width. 
  • Rebates for multi-deck ovens are paid per qualifying deck.

ENERGY STAR combination oven

  • Installed equipment must be a new ENERGY STAR certified natural gas combination oven with steam oven cooking efficiency ≥ 41% and convection mode cooking efficiency ≥ 56%.

ENERGY STAR convection oven

  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 44% using ASTM standard 1496. 
  • Must have an Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 13,000 Btu/h.

Infrared rotisserie oven

  • Must use infrared burners.

Rack oven

  • Baking Energy Efficiency ≥ 50% using ASTM standard 2093. Single and double ovens are eligible. Rebate paid per oven.


Infrared charbroiler

   Qualifying products 

$500

Infrared salamander broiler

   Qualifying products

$500

Infrared upright broiler

   Qualifying products

$500
Additional qualifications
  • Must use infrared burners.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Bottom-finned stock pot

   Qualifying products

$25
Additional qualifications
  • Stock pot must be a new, commercial-grade bottom-finned stock pot, capacity 18-40 quarts. 
  • Stock pot must be National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified. 
  • Stock pot must be purchased and used in a kitchen facility that is commercially licensed by the state of Illinois. 
  • Residential uses and commercial facility kitchenettes are not eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR commercial steamer

   Qualifying products

$950
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Cooking Efficiency ≥ 38%. 
  • Five- and six-pan units are eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR fryer width < 18 inches

   Qualifying products

$500

ENERGY STAR fryer width ≥ 18 inches

   Qualifying products

$550
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Heavy Load Cooking Efficiency ≥ 50% using ASTM standard F1361 or F2144. 
  • Rebate is paid per vat, based on vat width.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

ENERGY STAR griddle

   Qualifying products

$250
Additional qualifications
  • ENERGY STAR rated with a Heavy Load Cooking Efficiency ≥ 38% using ASTM standard F1275. 
  • Idle Energy Consumption Rate ≤ 2,600 Btu/h per square foot of cooking surface.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Pasta cooker

   Qualifying products

$200
Additional qualifications
  • Must be a dedicated pasta cooker as determined by the manufacturer.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

Pre-rinse spray valve

   Qualifying products

$25
Additional qualifications
  • Spray valves must be installed in commercial kitchens. 
  • New spray valves must have a flow rate ≤ 1.25 gpm at 60 psi. 
  • Only single-valve sprayers are eligible.
  • For complete terms and conditions, please refer to the rebate application.

*Equipment installed August 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 is eligible for a bonus rebate. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by March 31, 2017. Multi-family customers are not eligible for bonuses. All other customers on a commercial rate class are eligible.

AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

EF = Energy Factor

MBTUH = Thousand British Thermal Units per Hour

TE = Thermal Efficiency


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