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Posted on: September 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Home$ave features new rebates in year two of program

Danville Utilities is now offering a cash rebate to customers who purchase room air conditioners that meet the Energy Star standard for energy efficiency.

In addition, rebate amounts for heat pumps and attic insulation have been increased.

These rebates highlight the second year of the Home$ave residential energy efficiency program, which offers cash rebates to customers who purchase qualifying new energy efficient products for their home.

“Thanks to our customers, the Home$ave program’s first year was a huge success,” said Nate Lewis, key accounts manager for Danville Utilities. “In year two, Home$ave is only getting better.”

The rebate for Energy Star-qualified room air conditioners is $25.

For heat pumps, a second tier has been added that provides for a rebate of $500 on high-efficiency air-source heat pumps that have a season energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 16 or above.

“Last year, our $350 rebate for heat pumps that have a SEER rating of 14.5 or above was one of our most popular offerings,” Lewis said. “We wanted to encourage our customers shopping for a new heating and air system to go even more efficient in year two, so we’ve kept the original offer, but added a $500 rebate for 16 SEER and above heat pumps to make the deal even sweeter.”

The rebate for attic insulation has been increased from 8 cents per square foot of added insulation to 10 cents per square foot.

“Adding insulation to your attic is one of the best ways to improve the efficiency and comfort of your home,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, increasing our rebate amount to 10 cents per square foot of added attic insulation will make it easier for our customers to bring their attic insulation up to the recommended level.”

The Home$ave program was launched in July 2011 with a goal of delivering 620 rebates to Danville Utilities customers in the first year. More than 700 rebate checks were actually delivered.

“We would like to thank all residential electric customers who participated in the first year and received a rebate for making their home more energy efficient,” Lewis said. “Now that our Home$ave rebate program is moving into its second year, there has never been a better time for Danville Utilities customers to make energy efficient home improvements.”

After purchasing a qualifying product, customers can obtain the rebate by filling out the Home$ave application and sending it – along with proof of purchase documentation – to Danville Utilities by mail, fax or email. A check will be mailed upon approval.

Products eligible for Home$ave rebates and rebate amounts are as follows:
• Energy Star clothes washers - $50
• Energy Star refrigerators - $30
• Qualifying high-efficiency central air conditioners - $145 or $250 (depending on efficiency rating)
• Qualifying high-efficiency air-source heat pumps - $350 or $500 (depending on efficiency rating)
• HVAC tune-up service (performed by a program-qualified contractor) - $55
• Energy Star room air conditioners - $25
• Attic insulation - $0.10 per square foot installed (depending on R-Value)
• Qualifying high-efficiency electric water heater - $25
• Energy Star heat pump electric water heater - $100

Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. Appliances that are Energy Star-qualified generally use 20 percent to 30 percent less energy than required by federal standards.

For more details on what equipment qualifies for Home$ave rebates and to get a rebate application, customers are urged to visit www.danvillehomesave.com. If customers have any questions, they can call our toll free Home$ave Rebate Program Hotline at 1 (888) 599-0450.

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