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Smart Energy is a suite of energy programs aimed at improving comfort, reducing bills, and contributing to the reliability of the Ames electric system. These programs keep electric rates low and improve our environment. Programs focus on demand side energy management, utility load management, development of alternative energy resources, and education.

Call 515-239-5177 or email if you have energy questions.

NOTE: Old rebate claim forms will no longer be accepted after September 30, 2018.  Rebate applications received on old forms after that date will be returned to the sender. New forms may be found by following the Residential Programs or Commercial Programs links below. New forms have an account number ending in 8033.



Smart Energy audit and rebate programs began in 2007 with the intent of lowering the overall demand for electricity in Ames.  The program has been extremely successful, reducing energy use by over 33 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually and electric demand by over 22,000 kilowatts (kW).

While the programs are accomplishing their intended goals participation is better than anticipated causing Smart Energy to outpace its budget.  The Ames City Council has asked Ames Electric staff to reduce program costs.  As a result a reduction in the amount of some rebates, and the elimination of others, will be placed into effect September 1, 2018.   

New rebate claim forms will be posted on the residential and commercial program pages September 1, 2018.  Because of the rebate program changes, and internal accounting adjustments, old claim forms will not be accepted after September 30, 2018.  Rebate applications received on old forms after that date will be returned to the sender. 

These are necessary changes that will ensure the citizens of Ames continue to receive monetary assistance in buying and installing efficient equipment.  It will also help to keep electric rates as low as possible going forward. 

I thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to a smooth transition to our new Smart Energy programs.  Please feel free to call 515-239-5177 with questions.

Beginning September 1, 2018, City of Ames Electric Services will implement the following Smart Energy program changes:

  • Prime Time Power
    • No changes
  • Residential Lighting Rebate
    • LED rebate is 20% of cost
    • Eliminate occupancy sensor rebate
  • Commercial Lighting Rebate
    • Eliminate CFL rebate
    • LED rebate is 20% of cost
    • Eliminate fluorescent T8 rebates
    • Eliminate Metal Halide rebates
    • Eliminate High Pressure Sodium rebates
  • Commercial Custom Rebate
    • Rebate is $300 per KW saved.
  • Residential Energy Audit
    • No changes
  • Commercial Energy Audit
    • No changes
  • Residential New Construction Rebate
    • Minimum HERS score of 60 required
    • Rebate is $250
  • Air Conditioner Rebate
    • No changes to central AC, heat pump, and mini-split rebates
    • WiFi thermostat rebate is $25
    • Eliminating the tune-up rebate
    • Geothermal rebate is $300 per ton
    • Desuperheater rebate is $50
    • Window air conditioner rebate is $30
    • Add VFD/ECM rebate of $50
  • Appliance Rebate
    • Washing machine rebate is $50
    • Eliminate freezer rebate
    • Dishwasher rebate is $25
    • 18 cf refrigerator rebate is $75
    • Smaller than 18 cf refrigerator rebate is $25
  • Commercial Power Factor Correction Rebate
    • Rebate is 30% of equipment cost
  • Residential Solar Rebate
    • Rebate is $300 per kW generated
  • Commercial Solar Rebate
    • Rebate is $300 per kW generated

*Smart Energy now offers a rebate for the installation of photovoltaic systems. Click here for a rebate claim form.

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