Are you a New Jersey resident, business owner or local government official recovering from the damage of Hurricane Sandy?
New Jersey' Clean Energy Program is here to help with temporary financial incentives that will help you recover.
If your home is located in a zip code designated as a "major" or "minor" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment/appliances.
If you are located outside the eligible zip code list, you may also qualify for increased incentives by demonstrating that you have experienced damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Applications for Hurricane Sandy relief incentives outside the eligible zip code list will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Hurricane Sandy relief incentives are for qualifying equipment purchased on or after October 29, 2012 through June 30, 2014.
Frequently asked questions are also available to help clarify what is available.
In order to receive an enhanced Hurricane Sandy relief incentive, a Homeowner Certification Form must be completed and attached to the proper rebate application. The links below will take you to the page where the applications are located.
IMPORTANT: If you have already submitted an application, you only need to submit a Homeowner Certification Form. However, new submissions require both an application (links below) AND a Homeowner Certification Form.
Furnaces, Boilers, Heat Pumps, Gas Water Heaters and Mini-split Units
- In addition to existing rebates of $300-$400, an additional $200 will be applied for those submitting a Homeowner Certification Form along with the original rebate application. Incentives may also be available from your gas utility (check with your utility for more information).
Central Air Conditioners ($500)
- These rebates will be extended for eligible customers replacing equipment damaged by the storm.
Clothes Washers ($50)
- This $50 rebate for ENERGY STAR clothes washers is available to all New Jersey residents, not just those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
- A $50 rebate is available for ENERGY STAR refrigerators purchased between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The refrigerator must be ENERGY STAR qualified and also be 25% better than the federal standard.
New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes
- Smart growth requirements were waived for new construction projects in eligible areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. As of June 7, 2013, Smart Growth is no longer required for any New Construction projects.
Businesses & Local Governments
Incentives available through NJ SmartStart Buildings have been increased by 50% for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Qualifying equipment purchased on or after October 29, 2012 through June 30, 2014 is eligible. The 50% increase does not apply to the new food service equipment incentives, which are now available statewide. As with all NJ SmartStart Buildings measures, applications for food service equipment incentives in buildings not impacted by Hurricane Sandy require pre-approval.
- Check the list of zip codes in "major" and "minor" affected areas to ensure your eligibility. If your zip code is not on the list, but you can demonstrate that your building's equipment was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, contact us at 866-NJSMART extension 4 for instructions.
- Complete the Hurricane Sandy Certification Form (e-form or regular form version) along with an application(s) for the NJ SmartStart Buildings energy efficiency measure for your project (e-forms or regular form versions).
Food Service Equipment
In order to assist food providers' recovery, we've also added a new line of incentives for high efficiency food service equipment. Eligible equipment includes:
- Hot Food Holding Cabinets
- Ice Machines
- Refrigerators & Freezers
- Steam Cookers
Specific efficiency requirements and incentive levels are detailed on the Food Service Equipment application (e-form or regular form version). The 50% increase in NJ SmartStart Buildings incentives does not apply to these new food service equipment incentives.
Streamlined and Modified Requirements
Additional enhancements for buildings located in Hurricane Sandy areas include modifications to standard program requirements.
- Pre-inspections and pre-approvals will be waived where appropriate, as will equipment inventory requirements for those with proof of existing conditions (i.e. maintenance records, recent photographs and energy audit reports).
- Restrictions on performance lighting measures in major rehabilitation projects have been eliminated.
- Planned discontinuation of incentives for premium motors and T12 lighting has been extended from March 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 for Sandy Relief participants only.
Make sure your homeowners and businesses are aware of enhanced temporary rebates due to Hurricane Sandy. And, don't forget municipal buildings (including schools) can also participate in New Jersey's Clean Energy Program.
Questions? Call us at 866-NJSMART (866-657-6278).