Energyright New Homes program

Are you planning to build your next home? Now is your best opportunity to make energy efficiency investments that will pay off for a lifetime. In the southeast United States, electric rates are typically lower and more consistent than those of fossil fuels, such as propane and natural gas. Electric appliances, such as water heaters and heat pumps are also typically more efficient than combustion systems and do not produce carbon monoxide, a dangerous byproduct of gas fueled appliances.

By utilizing electricity to power your new home, you can save not only initial construction and permitting cost, but also ensure a steady savings on the operating cost of the home for years to come. On top of this, CEMC will provide an incentive for choosing to make your home all electric.

New Homes Electrification Options Single Family Incentive Paid to Builder
All Electric Home (No Gas) $1,000
Electric Heat Pump and Electric Water Heater $800
Electric Heat Pump $700
Dual Fuel Heat Pump and Electric Water Heater $600
Dual Fuel Heat Pump $500
Mini-split (Whole Home) $400

Here's how to get started?

NOTE: Rebates are available to licensed contractors, or to a homeowner acting as the general contractor for construction.

Step 1 – Review the Hew Homes Program Participation Agreement below. Share this information with your contractor or homeowner to ensure your plans meet the qualifications.

Step 2 – If this is a first-time application, please complete the New Homes Participation Agreement and submit to CEMC by email to

Step 3 – Complete the New Homes Program Work Completion Form, and submit to CEMC. The link below can be used to submit electronically. A portion of applications will be subject to an onsite visual confirmation of equipment installed. CEMC will process the application and mail the appropriate incentive.

New Home Participation Agreement          QCN HVAC Installers       New Homes Building Information   New Homes Work Completion Form


Here are a few items to consider when planning the construction of your new home:

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is the cleanest, most efficient and least expensive way to heat and cool your home. In the summer, a heat pump removes the warm air from inside your home and moves it outside leaving cool air inside. In the winter, the process reverses itself, and the solar heat from the outside air is pumped inside, keeping your home warm. Believe it or not, winter air does contain heat that the heat pump can use. A heat pump is quiet, clean and safe and needs no flue for venting fumes, does not require combustion and does not leave residue in your home. There are different types of heat pumps to choose from, the most common in our area being an air-source heat pump.

Dual Fuel Heat Pumps
Dual fuel heat pumps offer the efficiency of a heat pump with the convenience of a gas fueled auxiliary furnace. The heat pump compressor can adequately heat your home until the temperature reaches balance point (typically around 30-35°). The gas furnace then takes over, providing heat in the more extreme temperatures.

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
For those seeking true zoned comfort, ductless mini-split heat pumps offer the ideal solution. Like standard air-source heat pumps, mini splits have two main components; an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. Due to small size and the ability to connect multiple indoor air handler to a single outdoor condenser, mini-splits can offer each room to be controlled to individual comfort levels using individual thermostats. Mini-splits are extremely efficient and require no auxiliary heat, keeping comfort low cost to the homeowner.

For maximum operating efficiency, proper installation of your heat pump and ductwork is key! Choosing a heat pump dealer who is a member of the Quality Contractor Network (QCN) will insure your heat pump works correctly.

Water Heater
A home’s baseload energy usage (energy usage without heating or cooling) is largely dominated by water heating. A simple water heater can contribute as much as 40% of a typical home’s baseload energy usage! By using a more efficient water heater, you can reduce your monthly overall energy usage, as the savings are not related to seasonal weather.

When choosing a water heater, consider purchasing the highest Energy Factor available. The Energy Factor (EF) measures the amount of hot water produced per watt of electricity consumed; for example, an EF of .95 is 95% efficient. It is also important to match the size to the household. For a household of 3, a 50 gallon tank is sufficient. The water heater will reheat when not being used due to standby heat loss, so the larger the tank, the more energy is wasted in reheating.

Advanced water heaters, such as a heat pump water heater, or geo-thermal system are more efficient than standard water heaters. Households typically consume 4646 kWh per year using standard tanked models, where a hybrid water heater will consume around 1407 kWh, for a savings around $320 annually.