Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps must be enrolled on the EnergyWise Cycled AC and Dual Fuel Programs. By enrolling in these programs, members are eligible for nearly half price electricity for their heating and cooling. This savings can make a significant impact on your pocket book.



For a limited time, Stearns Electric Association is offering increased rebates, up to $1,200, for members installing air source heat pumps and plenum heaters. In addition to our regular rebates, we are offering an additional $200 for all air source heat pumps. If you add a plenum heater along with an air source heat pump there is another $100 rebate available. 


For example:

Air Source Heat Pump Quality Install Rebate*                 $600 

Air Source Heat Pump Fall Promotion Rebate                 $200

EnergyWise Cycled Air Conditioning Rebate                   $100 

EnergyWise Dual Fuel Rebate                                         $200

Plenum Heater Fall Promotion Rebate                             $100

Total Possible Rebate                                                     $1,200

(*based on SEER level)


Increased rebates are available by installing this new equipment and enrolling in the EnergyWise Programs by November 30th. Call our EnergyWise team during regular business hours at (320) 363-4630, (800) 448-1737 if you have questions. 




1/2 the energy use
1/2 price electricity
Year round operation


Air Source Heat Pump

It’s the best of both worlds. Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) provide home cooling and supplemental heating with less electricity than conventional air conditioners and furnaces. You can switch between cooling and heating directly from the thermostat, putting you in complete control.


When you need to cool your home, ASHPs outperform standard central air conditioners by extracting the existing heat from inside your home and pumping it outside. An ASHP can also be controlled during periods of high demand on the EnergyWise® Cycled Central Air Conditioning Program.


The cooling process is reversed when you use an ASHP to provide supplemental heat. By extracting the existing warmth from the outdoor air and pumping it into your home, you'll be able to run your furnace less. During the spring and fall, you may not need to run your furnace at all. In addition, an ASHP qualifies as an acceptable electric heat source for the EnergyWise® Dual Fuel Program 

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Ground Source Heat Pump

Combining heating and cooling into one convenient, versatile unit, Ground-Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) are the ultimate in home temperature control, operating with 300–400% energy efficiency.


Thanks to energy provided by the sun, there’s enough stored heat underground to heat an entire household—even during the harshest Minnesota winters. These pumps use this “free energy” by directing the heat indoors, using only small amounts of electricity, where it’s compressed into a higher temperature before being distributed throughout the home. In addition, when combined with an acceptable backup heating system, members can save nearly 50% on their home heating bill through the EnergyWise® Dual Fuel Program


The process is reversed to provide home cooling. Indoor heat is transferred underground and dispersed into the cool earth. A GSHP can also be controlled during periods of high demand on the EnergyWise® Cycled Central Air Conditioning Program.


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