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Utility rebate programs give back to homeowners

Posted 4/18/2011   Updated 6/3/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Master Sgt. Russell Fowler
56th Civil Engineer Squadron


4/18/2011 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Rising utility bills seem to be as inevitable as death and taxes, but there are ways that Luke Airmen and families can save money.

As a homeowner, you may try to reduce your gas or electric bill by purchasing energy efficient products for your home. Many people know about Energy Star appliances and that they consume less gas and electricity, but two local utility companies also offer rebates to those who purchase more energy-efficient products for the home.

Arizona Public Service and Southwest Gas offer rebate programs to help capture additional savings when purchasing these new appliances. APS handles everything on the electrical side, while Southwest Gas handles gas products.

Summer is on the horizon and many homeowners may be considering replacing their aging air conditioner. The APS rebate program allows up to $525 for qualifying units, and swimming pool owners can get a rebate up to $200 for recently installed energy efficient pumps and pump timers.

The most common gas products are water heaters and dryers, but Southwest Gas also offers rebates for gas furnace programmable thermostats and low-flow shower heads.

With an uncertain economy and budget cuts, people are trying to save money where they can. Luke Air Force Base is no exception. With an annual electrical bill of $4.5 million and a gas bill of $750,000, it gives good reason to replace aging water heaters, heating and ventilation, and air conditioning systems with more energy efficient ones and take advantage of the rebate programs APS and Southwest Gas offer Luke.

Each time the 56th CES replaces a piece of domestic water heating or air conditioning equipment, more energy efficient products are used and those replacements are submitted for rebates under APS and SWG programs.

These rebates are used to improve the base infrastructure.

Home owners are encouraged to take advantage of these rebates.

For more information on the APS and SWG rebate programs, visit their websites at http://www.aps.com/main/services/default.html?source=rhme and http://www.conservationrebates.com/programs/swg/SWG_AZ_Res.aspx

The Luke Energy Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at Club Five Six. There will be local vendors including APS and SWG, who will provide information on energy efficient products and useful energy conservation tips.

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