BPU Expands 2012 Energy Star Rebate Program to include Appliances

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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) expands its Energy Star Rebate Program for 2012, offering rebates for certain Energy Star qualified new appliances purchased anytime between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. The program, available to BPU electric customers, had been limited to residential windows, skylights and entry doors.

Rebates in the amount listed are now available for qualified customers who purchase any of the following new Energy Star certified products: refrigerators, $100; clothes washers, $100; dehumidifiers, $30; dishwashers, $50; window air conditioning units under 7,500 BTU, $50; window air conditioning units over 7,500 BTU, $100; residential windows and skylights, $25; residential entry doors, $50; HVAC heat pumps, $250 per ton; and central air conditioning units, $100 per ton.

To apply for a rebate, the electric customer should mail or bring in the receipt from the purchase of a new product, the completed rebate form and the energy guide label that is provided by the manufacturer. For windows, skylights and entry doors, customers also must provide the original NFRC labels. Copies of the rebate form are available at www.jamestownbpu.com by clicking the white ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM icon on the home page; and at BPU Customer Service, open 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekdays at 92 Steele Street.

Upon verification, home owners will receive the rebate in the form of a credit on their electric bill in 6-8 weeks. For rental property owners, all rebates less than $500 will be applied to their accounts. If the rebate exceeds the $500 limit, the rental property owner can request a check for the rebate.

The limit for BPU Energy Star item rebates is $1,000 per customer account per calendar year and $5,000 per year for rental property owners.

Many retailers offer removal of an old item when a new unit is purchased. Old appliances also are accepted at the South County Transfer Station in Falconer (call 985-4785 for hours and disposal rates.) The BPU continues to offer removal of certain old appliances that are being replaced by the new validated item. Items not included in free curbside pick-up include HVAC pumps, central air conditioning units, doors, windows and skylights.

BPU Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds is available to answer questions or to further explain all of the BPU energy efficiency programs by telephone at 661-1646 or by e-mail to: dreynolds@jamestownbpu.com.