Rebates and Tax Credits Make Buying an Electric Vehicle More Affordable

With electric vehicles (EV) starting to come into their own (technology-wise) this is really the best time to purchase an electric vehicle. More than 330,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2019, compared to approximately 157,000 just three years earlier. Electric charging stations are beginning to pop up in more and more places and home chargers are reasonably affordable as well. Additionally, the range that an EV can travel on a single charge has increased over the years to the point where many models exceed 250 miles on a single charge. Tesla, in fact, has several models that they claim can travel well over 300 miles without needing a charge.

Electric vehicles are clearly the wave of the future, but that future has taken a little longer to arrive than some may have expected. That’s partly because of range limitations and a prior lack of on-the-run charging options. More importantly, the hold-up on the EV revolution may be due to the cost of purchasing an EV is often-times prohibitive. It is all well and good to be mentally ready to make the switch to an all-electric car, but when push comes to shove the (financial) bottom-line often rules the day when making a vehicle purchase. Though the cost of an electric vehicle has come more in line with their gasoline counterpart in recent years, EVs still cost more, plain and simple.

We have good news.

State, local and federal governments want you to switch over to electric vehicles. EVs are essential to achieve the U.S. Government’s renewable energy, air quality, and climate change goals. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation – with transportation making up the largest portion.

To help ease the burden of purchasing electric vehicles there are rebates available from the State of Connecticut, the U.S Government and from Groton Utilities. Below is a list of currently available rebates and links to appropriate websites to apply for them.

FEDERAL:

Receive up to $7,500 in federal tax credits for buying an Electric Vehicle

United States Department of Energy Federal Incentive Program

GROTON UTILITES:

For a limited time Groton Utilities will issue a $2,000 rebate for an electric vehicle purchased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. Also available is a $1,000 rebate for an electric vehicle leased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. For more information, visit the Groton Utilities Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website.

Additionally Groton Utilities has a $600 rebate available on the purchase of any wifi-enabled level 2 charger. Visit our Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website for more information.

STATE:

Receive up to a $5,000 rebate from the State of Connecticut for residents who purchase or lease a new eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or fuel cell electric vehicle.

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – EV Connecticut

 

GU/Bozrah Light and Power Present Rebate to Elmbrook Village

On Wednesday, November 6th Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power presented Optimus Senior Living with a rebate check in the amount of $53,560 as part of Groton Utilities’ energy conservation program. Elmbrook Village in Bozrah, owned and run by Optimus Senior Living, is a senior living community that features independent living, assisted living and memory care support. Elmbrook recently completed a LED installation project, for which they applied and were granted the rebate from Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power.

“Elmbrook Village, which is brand new, has over 1,400 light fixtures,” said Groton Utilities Energy Engineer Hollis McKee, “and these LED light installations reduce their energy consumption by 60% compared to conventional fluorescent lighting. It really is a great thing.”

Groton Utilities encourages customers and businesses to embrace energy conservation and offer a number of rebate programs to assist customers and businesses in making the switch to energy-conscience technologies.

At the presentation were (from left to right) Dean Forier (Elmbrook Village Maintenance), Ron Gaudet (Groton Utilities Director), K. Christian Boyson (Optimus), Keith Hedrick (Mayor, City of Groton), Frederick Mielke (Optimus Owner), Glenn Pianka (Bozrah First Selectman), William Ballinger (Bozrah First Selectman).

Groton Utilities offers residential and business customers a variety of energy conservation programs to help reduce energy costs. These programs are designed to help people reduce energy costs by promoting the installation of more energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heat pump water heaters, electric motors, and refrigeration solutions.

In addition to these programs Groton Utilities has started a pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars and level 2 chargers. Read more about Groton Utilities energy conservation programs on the company website (www.grotonutilities.com) under the Energy Conservation section.

Elmbrook Village at Bozrah features 115 apartments, including one and two-bedroom options as well as studio apartments. Independent living residents are encouraged to live active lifestyles with a wide variety of activities and entertainment onsite. Those needing more care are provided the appropriate level of assistance given their condition. For more information about Elmbrook Village at Bozrah visit their website or call them at 860-861-9704.

 

Rebate Presented to Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School Rebate PresentationOn Wednesday, September 4th Groton Utilities presented Sacred Heart School with a rebate check in the amount of $8,850 as part of their energy conservation program. Groton Utilities encourages customers and businesses to embrace energy conservation and offer a number of rebate programs to assist customers and businesses in making the switch to energy-conscience technologies.

Sacred Heart School was eligible for the rebate by purchasing and installing seventeen qualifying heater/air conditioner units throughout their building.

At the presentation were (from left to right) Rev. Dariusz Dudzik (Sacred Heart Church), Mike Comeau (Sacred Heart School Custodial Supervisor), Dr. Gail Kingston (Principal Sacred Heart School), Daniel Bouges (GU Manager of Communication) and Len Mediavilla (GU Key Accounts GM).

Groton Utilities offers residential and business customers a variety of energy conservation programs to help reduce energy costs. These programs are designed to help people reduce energy costs by promoting the installation of more energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heat pump water heaters, electric motors, and refrigeration solutions.

In addition to these programs Groton Utilities has started a pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars and level 2 chargers. Read more about Groton Utilities energy conservation programs on the company website (www.grotonutilities.com) under the Energy Conservation section.

Big Y World Class Market Energy Rebate

On Thursday June 6th Groton Utilities presented the Big Y World Class Market of Groton, CT with a rebate check in the amount of $98,505 as part of their energy conservation program. Groton Utilities encourages customers and businesses to embrace energy conservation and offer a number of rebate programs to assist customers and businesses in making the switch to energy-conscience technologies.

At the presentation were (from left to right) Gary Dziekan (Big Y Assistant Store Director), Kathy Guertin (Big Y Operations SMM), Rick Bossie (Big Y SVP of Operations and Customer Experience), Ron Gaudet (Groton Utilities Director), Keith Hedrick (Mayor, City of Groton) and Mark Biron (GM Operations Water and Electric).

As part of their continuing efforts in energy conservation Big Y began a renovation in January that, among other upgrades, changed out all of their open refrigerators with energy efficient refrigerators with LED lights and doors. These refrigerators are used primarily to cool items such as dairy products, cold cuts and beer. In this way Big Y can save energy by using more efficient lighting as well as see a big savings with the use of registration units with doors, preventing the refrigerated air from escaping out into the rest of the store.

Groton Utilities, as part of their energy conservation program, gave this rebate after Big Y spent nearly $305,000 on the project. As a result of the upgrades Big Y will use 571,430 less kilowatt hours of electricity a year, saving them approximately $75,000 a year on their electric bill.

Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, with nearly 80 stores spread throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Big Ys headquarters is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Groton location opened in October, 2004 and just finished its latest renovation this past May.

Groton Utilities offers residential and business customers a variety of energy conservation programs to help reduce energy costs. These programs are designed to help people reduce energy costs by promoting the installation of more energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heat pump water heaters, electric motors, and refrigeration solutions.

In addition to these programs Groton Utilities has started a pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars and level 2 chargers. Read more about Groton Utilities energy conservation programs on the company website (www.grotonutilities.com) under the Energy Conservation section.