«  View All Posts

Types of Insulation Rebates in Michigan (Standard Mail-In vs Home Performance)

energy efficiency

Types of Insulation Rebates in Michigan (Standard Mail-In vs Home Performance) Blog Feature
Ashley Bedtelyon

By: Ashley Bedtelyon on October 7th, 2019

Print/Save as PDF

You can get rebates for all kinds of things you buy.

Bought new tires for your car? You could get a rebate.

Got a new energy efficient appliance? You could get a rebate for that too.

But did you know you can get an insulation rebate in Michigan when you buy home insulation like foam? Depending on the scope of work that is done, you could be eligible for either a mail-in rebate or a home performance rebate from your energy provider.

RetroFoam of Michigan was recently recognized by Consumers Energy for our work to get homeowners the best rebate available to them. We were also inducted into an exclusive club after we completed more than 120 home performance jobs.

Our main focus has always been to help homeowners achieve the comfort and energy efficiency they have always dreamed of. As part of that, we also want to make it easier for them, so we make it a point to stay up to date with the rebates available and the amounts.

As the Office Manager here at RetroFoam of Michigan I deal with rebates every single day, so I’m going to explain what’s available and how you would qualify for them when you choose us for your foam insulation.

Standard Mail-In Insulation Rebate

The standard mail-in insulation rebate comes into play for homeowners who are only doing one area of their home.

That one area could be the crawl space, rim joist, attic, or walls. It’s important to keep in mind that if you don’t meet the square footage minimum required by your energy provider, then you still may not be eligible for this rebate.

This rebate goes directly to the homeowner in the form of a check from their utility provider. Those providers include Consumers Energy, DTE, SEMCO, and Michigan Gas and Utilities.

As part of our contractor concierge service, we file the rebate paperwork for our homeowners and they receive a check in the mail in about 4- to 6-weeks. 

The only thing the energy provider needs for this rebate is the square footage of the area that was insulated, the insulation used, and that the job was paid for.

The range is between $50 to $250 for the standard mail-in rebate depending on the square footage of the project.

Home Performance Insulation Rebate

The home performance insulation rebate works a little differently in a few ways.

This rebate is only available to homeowners who add insulation to at least two areas of their home. The goal of this rebate is to make the home perform better when it comes to energy efficiency. To receive this rebate, the home has to achieve a 20 percent air seal after the foam has been installed.

To ensure this air seal is created, our crew performs a blower door test before the foam is installed and again after the installation.  The blower door test measures the air exchange in the home, so it measures the air leaking into and out of the house.

The homeowner is given paperwork to fill out, but just like the standard mail-in rebate, we send it into the energy provider.

The other way that the home performance rebate differs from the standard mail-in is that the homeowner isn’t receiving a check. Instead, the rebate is taken directly off of the invoice for the foam insulation installation.

The rebate amount here also depends on the size of the project and varies between $400 to $1,100. This range can vary depending on if it’s a Consumers Energy Insulation Rebate or a DTE Insulation Rebate.

Finding the Insulation Rebate for Your Project

A Michigan homeowner who adds insulation to their home can find rebates as long as they meet their energy provider’s requirements.

This is why it’s important to check with your energy provider to see what rebates are available and what you need to do to qualify. If you decide to work with us, your project manager can explain the rebates to you, as well as how much they are. 

We have tons of information about rebates you can read over on our website.

Related Articles

What is Home Performance with Energy Star?

Lessons Learned After Insulating Over 120 Homes for Home Performance with Energy Star

Home Insulation

About Ashley Bedtelyon

Ashley has office management experience working with customers from her previous work in childcare and the medical field and also has completed the Dale Carnegie course where she was invited back to be a coach for other students. From answering phones and calling leads to prepare invoices for installs, Ashley also processes energy rebates for homeowners and makes follow-up calls on leads, estimates, and installs. When Ashley isn’t being a Jack-of-all-trades, she is spending time with her daughter, husband, and family.