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City Utilities of Springfield has announced an addition to its Energy Wise program. Residential customers can receive rebates and incentives for updating their air conditioner and heater units to energy star rated systems. KSMU's Sheena Johnson has more...
City Utilities of Springfield has announced an addition to its Energy Wise program. Residential customers can receive rebates and incentives for updating their air conditioner and heater units to energy star rated systems. Heating and cooling equipment account for nearly 50% of total energy consumed in a home in a year. Cara Shaefer (Shayfer) is the director of energy management and conservation for C-U. She explains what is covered under the new energy star heating and cooling rebate program.
The rebate program applies to systems that are purchased after October 1. To receive the rebate on a new unit an H-VAC contractor must complete a test on the unit. This test makes sure that the unit is sized properly in accordance with the house size and everything inside the home such as windows, insulation, and the ability of a house to hold or lose heat. Cara Shaefer names some smaller ways that customers can save money on their utility bill this winter without having to replace a heater.
There are other types of rebates and incentive programs for C-U customers who update their appliances to energy efficient systems. These include upgrading to an energy star programmable thermostat, insulating your home, installing an in-ground irrigation system with a rain sensor, replacing commercial lighting with efficient lighting, and installing an ultra low flow toilet, or a high efficiency toilet.