Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) – Existing Homes

An electronically commutated motor (ECM) for your air-handler is a highly efficient alternative to the traditional permanent split capacitor motor (PSC).

image of an electronically commutated motorHow Does it Work?

These motors consume less energy when compared to PSC motors because of their difference in design.  ECMs can be especially effective for people who use the fan-on mode of their thermostat which runs the air-handler motor continuously.

What is the Incentive?

  • $50 to the homeowner or property owner
  • $150 to the licensed contractor

How do I Qualify?

  • You must be an Idaho Power residential customer, and either a homeowner or property owner.
  • Qualifying home types are single-family site-built, manufactured, duplex, triplex or fourplex.
  • Your home can be a primary residence, vacation home, or rental.
  • Incentive applies to motor replacement only, not replacement of complete blower assembly/air-handler cabinet.
  • Must be installed by a licensed contractor.
  • Qualifying home must have an electric resistance forced-air furnace, oil or propane or natural gas forced-air furnace or a heat pump.
  • A maximum of one incentive per home.

How do I Apply?

  1. Review the Terms and Conditions. Incentive Application. and the Electronically Commutated Air Handler Motor Worksheet.
  2. Contact a licensed contractor and have the ECM installed.
  3. Complete the Incentive Application and Electronically Commutated Air Handler Motor Worksheet.
  4. Submit the completed forms together with a copy of the paid licensed contractor invoice to Idaho Power.
  5. Receive a check upon application review and approval.


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