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Xcel offering bonus rebates for upgrades in efficiency

Xcel Energy customers in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute can take advantage of bonus rebates for home cooling, insulation and other energy efficiency improvements, but only for a limited time.

Electric customers who buy a high-efficiency evaporative cooler before Sept. 7 can get a $50 or $100 bonus rebate, on top of the $200 or $500 standard rebates. The cooler must be installed by Sept. 30, and the rebate application needs to be mailed in by Sept. 30 as well.

“These rebate specials will make it more affordable for homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements for hot weather,” said Heather McGregor, outreach director for Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative. “Evaporative coolers are really effective in our dry climate, and use much less electricity than central air conditioning.”

Be sure to buy a cooler from Xcel Energy’s list of qualifying units in order to receive the rebate.

Xcel Energy is also offering a new $50 rebate for electric customers who buy a central air conditioning system that meets minimum code standards (13 SEER). This promotion is good for purchases made through Oct. 15, and the rebate application form must be returned by Nov. 15.

Higher rebates of $250 to $500 are available for higher-efficiency AC units that are purchased and installed by Dec. 31.

Also, Xcel Energy natural gas customers in western Garfield County, including residents of Battlement Mesa, can receive a double rebate on home insulation, covering 20 percent of project costs up to $600, double the standard limit of $300. The rebate covers attic and wall insulation, as well as air sealing and weather stripping, for existing homes served by Xcel Energy natural gas.

Homes can be rentals or owner-occupied, and the work must be done by an approved contractor. Insulation improvements must be installed by Oct. 15, and the rebate application form must be postmarked by Nov. 15.

Double rebates are available for home energy efficiency improvements for residents of New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute who are Xcel Energy electricity and natural gas customers. Double rebates cover furnace, boiler, water heater and appliance upgrades as part of Xcel Energy’s Home Performance with Energy Star program, and are good for purchases made now through Dec. 9.

For more information, visit Xcel Energy’s new website on energy savings, http://www.ResponsibleByNature. com/change, and click on “Rebates and Programs,” or call Xcel Energy at 1 (800) 895-4999.

For other home energy efficiency rebates offered to residents throughout Garfield County, visit http://www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.

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