Program Update:

FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities are committed to making safety our top priority.

Throughout the evolving coronavirus health emergency, FirstEnergy’s Ohio electric companies are committed to closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus and taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers.

To ensure that safety, effective immediately, FirstEnergy Ohio electric companies are temporarily suspending all Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency programs until further notice. Please check back for updates.

This will not impact FirstEnergy’s Ohio C&I customers with pre-approved applications. Customers with pre-approved C&I Energy Efficiency applications may check the status of those applications by emailing a program representative at

FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program continues to accept applications for projects that are already completed.

Eligible customers wishing to participate in FirstEnergy’s Mercantile Customer Program, or those who have questions regarding the program, may visit the program website by clicking here.


Learn more about cash incentive programs that provide

reimbursement for appliances and equipment.


Appliances & Electronics

The Appliances Incentive Program is offered to small commercial, industrial, government and institutional customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison (FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities) to encourage participants to install high-efficiency equipment such as ENERGY STAR® certified appliances.

Incentives available for

  • ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and electric dryers
  • ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators and freezers
  • ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heaters
  • Pre-rinse spray nozzles

Effective Dates

To qualify for incentives through the Appliances Incentive Program, equipment must be new and installed after January 1, 2017.

Pre‐Approval Requirements

All appliance incentive applications received by the program will require pre-approval before the purchase and installation of materials.


Incentives available from the Appliances Incentive Program are shown below and are also limited to the total equipment cost. Only new equipment is eligible for incentives under the Appliances Incentive Program.

ENERGY STAR REFRIGERATORS (Residential Style Appliance)


Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Refrigerators Eligible refrigerators must be ENERGY STAR certified, residential units. New refrigerator installations and replacement projects are eligible for incentives under this measure. ENERGY STAR refrigerator: $25
CEE Tier II: $50

CEE Tier III: $75


ENERGY STAR COMMERCIAL FREEZERS (Residential style appliance)


Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Freezers Eligible freezers must be ENERGY STAR certified, residential units. New freezer installations and replacement projects are eligible for incentives under this measure. ENERGY STAR $25 per freezer




Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Commercial Clothes Washers Commercial ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers in laundromats and multifamily complexes are eligible for incentives. New installations and replacement projects are eligible. Must be connected to an electric water heating system. ENERGY STAR CEE Tier I clothes washer: $25
CEE Tier II: $50

CEE Tier III: $75




Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Electric Dryers Eligible dryers are ENERGY STAR certified and have a higher combined energy factor (CEF) than standard dryers. New dryer installations and replacement projects are eligible. Non-electric clothes dryers are not eligible. Dryer with moisture sensor: $50
Heat pump dryer: $350




Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Heat Pump Water Heater Heat pump water heater installations must involve the direct retrofit of a standard resistive electric water heating system. Heat pump water heaters used in pre-heat applications or in combination with other water heating system types are not eligible for incentives through this measures. Eligible heat pump water heaters must be ENERGY STAR-certified with an efficiency factor >2.0 $300 per water heater




Equipment Equipment & Eligibility Requirements Incentive
Pre-Rinse Spray Nozzles New pre-rinse spray nozzles must have an on/off squeeze lever, use less than 1.6 gallons per minute, and have a cleaning performance of at least 26 seconds to qualify. Only spray nozzles associated with electric water heating qualify for this measure. $35 per spray nozzle


How do I apply?

Step 1 – The participant should complete and submit an Appliances program application online and upload required documents through the application portal. The following documents are required for a pre-approval:

  • Completed Appliances and Electronics calculator spreadsheet
  • Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for the proposed/installed equipment. Please highlight all relevant information, such as the equipment efficiency ratings.
  • Completed and signed W-9 tax form for the incentive payee. The W-9 form must be current and dated within the last 24 months.
  • Copy of utility bill to confirm account number and service address. If desired, the participant may obscure all cost and rate related information.

Step 2 – The Program Administrator will notify the applicant via email when the review is complete and funds have been reserved. The applicant will have 90 days from the date of the pre-approval letter to complete the project.

Step 3 – Once the project is complete, the participant should review the approved application for any changes to the project that occurred during installation and make any needed corrections. The following final documentation should be submitted to the Program Administrator for review:

  • Detailed, itemized invoices or proofs of purchase for the equipment installed
  • Manufacturers’ specification (cut) sheets for any additional equipment installed
  • Completed letter of attestation
  • Revised Appliances and Electronics calculator spreadsheet (this requirement is waived if no changes were made during construction).
  • If applicable, customers who wish to issue all or a portion of their incentive to a 3rd party should complete a Dual Incentive Payment form.

Upon receipt and verification of all required documentation, the incentive check will be processed and mailed to the applicant or to an authorized representative, if requested on the application.