City of Pierre News

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Rebates Offered for Air Conditioner Tune-ups

PIERRE, S.D. –Warmer weather is on the way, so now is the time to get your cooling system ready for summer.

Pierre Municipal Utilities offers a $30 rebate when you have a contractor tune up your central air-conditioner or air-source heat pump. As part of the service, a contractor will clean coils and drains, check the refrigerant charge and belts, and inspect the entire system, including fins.

“Having your cooling system tuned up helps ensure it is working as efficiently as possible, and helps prevent future problems and unexpected costs,” said Brad Palmer, Utilities Director, City of Pierre.

Through its Bright Energy Solutions® program, Pierre Municipal Utilities offers a variety of cash incentives to customers who install energy-efficient equipment such as central air conditioners and heat pumps, as well as ductless mini-split systems. Rebates are also available for programmable thermostats, as well as variable speed motors in new furnaces or air handlers.

Palmer says that part of the mission of the city’s electric utility is to help our customers conserve energy and save money.

“Aside from the environmental impact, the conservation helps both the customer and the city. The less energy our customers need, the less energy we have to produce and procure. That’s a financial savings for everyone involved,” commented Palmer.

To learn more about the variety of rebates available to residential and business customers, visit

Bright Energy Solutions is a unique portfolio of energy efficiency cash incentives that help residential and business customers reduce their electric energy costs and operate more efficiently. The program is offered to customers of participating municipal utilities who are members of Sioux Falls-based Missouri River Energy Services.

Pierre Municipal Utilities buys 40% of its electricity from Missouri River Energy Services. The remainder is purchased through the Western Area Power Administration. These partnerships allow Pierre’s residential electrical rates to be about 5% less than the state’s average residential rates.


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