Ameren Efficiency Programs: Money-saving Programs for Residential Customers
Discounts on Energy Efficient Lighting
Ameren Illinois Savings offers discounts on ENERGY STAR® LEDs through participating retailers:
Ace Hardware, Batteries Plus, Big R, Costco, Do It Best, Dollar Tree, Farm & Home Supply, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Home Depot, IGA, Lowes, Meijer, Menards, Rural King, Sam’s Club (members only), Target, True Value Hardware, Walmart. (For exact list of retailers: https://amerenillinoissavings.com/for-my-home/find-energy-efficient-products.)
- To learn how to match LEDs with the correct fixtures visit www.energystar.gov or find an Ameren Illinois Lighting Clinic near you: https://amerenillinoissavings.com/for-my-home/explore-incentives/energy-efficient-lighting.
- To speak with an Ameren customer service representative, call 1-866-845-7085 on Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use 75 percent less energy.
- Last up to 15 times as long.
- Can save you up to $230.
*For more information, visit www.AmerenIllinoisSavings.com
Power Smart Pricing
Power Smart Pricing is an hourly electricity pricing program for residential customers served by Ameren Illinois. The price you pay for electricity will vary hour by hour based on actual market prices. Since the program launched in early 2007, it has saved customers an average of 15 percent or more on the supply portion of their electricity bills. Participating customers pay a $2.25 monthly fee.
How does the program work?
Power Smart Pricing changes the way you pay for electricity. Under Ameren’s standard residential rate, the price you pay per kilowatt-hour only varies between summer and non-summer months. Participants in the Power Smart Pricing program pay wholesale market prices, which fluctuate hourly, instead of the traditional averaged “flat” rate. You can manage your electricity costs by taking simple actions to conserve energy during hours when prices are higher.
What are the program benefits?
- Participants have more control over electricity use, and thus, more opportunity to save.
- The program eases stress on the electric grid, leading to more reliable service and lower carbon emissions.
To enroll in the program, visit www.powersmartpricing.org or call 1-877-655-6028. Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people and communities manage their energy costs, administers the Power Smart Pricing Program for Ameren. Visit www.elevateenergy.org to learn more about Elevate.
Peak Time Rewards
Homes with new advanced electric meters are eligible to enroll in this free program. It allows you to earn a credit on your electric bill when you voluntarily participate on days with Peak Time Rewards Hours.
Peak Time Rewards Hours:
PTR hours can be called at any time during the year, but will most likely occur during hot summer afternoons. Customers will be notified of PTR events via their preferred contact method(s), including a phone call, text message or email.
Act and Save:
The credits you earn on your bill will be based on your current electricity usage. Activate your participation before March 1 each year. To get more details or to sign up, visit https://peaktimerewards.com/ or call 1-844-787-7874
Heating and Cooling Discounts
Discounts and incentives from Ameren Illinois Savings can save you hundreds of dollars on the efficient heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment listed below:
- Air-source electric heat pumps
- High efficiency blower motors
If you’re an Ameren Illiois customer, you qualify for these home energy savings. Rebates are available through Jan. 1, 2018. Contact a registered Ameren Illinois Savings program Ally to get started: http://www.actonenergy.com/for-my-home/find-a-contractor.
Equipment: Central Air Conditioner (Standard Replacement)
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Replacement of an existing central air-conditioning unit with a new central air-conditioning unit that is rated 16.0 SEER or greater.
Equipment: Central Air Conditioner (Early Retirement)
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Replacement of a working central air-conditioning unit with a new central air-conditioning unit. Current unit must be verifiably operable and have a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less, and the new unit must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater.
Equipment: Air-source heat pump (Standard replacement, replacing air-source heat pump)
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Replacement of an existing air-source heat pump with a new air-source heat pump. New heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater.
Equipment: Air-source heat pump (Early retirement, replacing air-source heat pump)
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Replacement of a working air-source heat pump with a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less. New air-source heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater.
Equipment: Air-source heat pump (Early retirement, replacing electric furnace or baseboard heat)
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Replacement of a working central air conditioner with a nameplate SEER rating of 10.0 or less with a new air-source heat pump (which would become the home’s primary heating and cooling source); home must currently be heated with an electric-resistance heat soure (electric furnance or baseboard heat). New air-source heat pump must be rated 16.0 SEER or greater and 9.0 HSPF or greater.
Equipment: High-efficiency blower motor
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: New blower motor must be part of a system with a new gas furnace and a furnance AHRI certificate must be submitted with the application. (*Not available in combination with Air-Source Heat Pump incentives.)
Equipment: Air-source heat pump water heater
Efficiency Level/Qualifications: Installation of a new air-source heat pump water heater that replaces an existing electric water heater (not available for replacement of an existing heat pump water heater.
To qualify for Ameren’s thermostat rebates, the thermostat must be:
- Purchased between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.
- Used with a primary heating source supplied by an Ameren Illinois fuel, gas or electric.
To review eligibility requirements and complete rebate applications (online and printable), visit: http://amerenillinoissavings.com/for-my-home/explore-incentives/thermostat-rebate. All documentation must be received no later than December 31, 2018.
Equipment: Smart Thermostat
Qualifications: Must replace a manual or programmable thermostat. Find eligible smart thermostat models by visiting: www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-connected-thermostats/results.
Equipment: Programmable Thermostat
Qualifications: Must replace a manual thermostat.
Home Energy Efficiency Program
Ameren Illinois customers who meet the income requirement based on household size (as listed below) qualify for the following energy-saving measures:
- Adding insulation
- Eliminating drafts through air seeling
- Changing light bulbs and showerheads
- Upgrading heating & cooling equipment
Find your family size and household income in the chart below to determine if you meet income requirements:
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If you’re interested in applying, complete an application online at:, or for more information call 1-866-838-6918.
Multifamily In-Unit Efficiency Program
Property managers with three or more units powered by Ameren Illinois can get these energy-saving measures for multifamily properties:
- LEDs for high-use lighting areas.
- High performance showerheads.
- High performance faucet aerators for kitchens and baths.
- Programmable digital thermostats.
- Air sealing and insulation (*only for eligible properties).
To enroll or obtain program forms, contact Multifamily Energy Advisor, Ron Siddle at 1-618-570-9783.
For more information online go to www.amerenillinoissavings.com/for-my-business/explore-incentives/multifamily-properties/in-unit-efficiency-savings, or call 1-866-838-6918.
If you have additional questions about these programs, please call CUB, 1-800-669-5556, and ask for Christina Uzzo, environmental outreach coordinator. CUB works hard to maintain the accuracy and timeliness of this information, but programs often change and/or run out of money. CUB is not responsible for the administration of any of the programs described in this fact sheet. If you are having trouble applying for or receiving benefits from any of the programs described above, please contact the administrator of that program. Please notify CUB if you find any inaccuracies here.