Kentucky Utilities has unveiled a new series of rebates to encourage residential customers to upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances.
The rebates are offered on a wide selection of appliances that meet certain energy-efficiency criteria.
"When you think about how you use energy at home, up to 70 percent of your energy use could be for heating and cooling and running your appliances," KU spokeswoman Liz Pratt said. "So KU wanted to make these major energy users even more affordable for customers who plan to purchase more energy-efficient models."
Some past purchases are available for rebates. Appliances and products bought after Nov. 9, 2011, qualify if proof-of-purchase requirements are met.
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"If customers had gone Black Friday shopping at the end of last year and held on to their receipts, they can apply for a rebate," Pratt said.
Elizabeth Crowe, director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, praised the new energy-efficiency program.
"It's so important for utilities to present to their customers and members as many incentives as possible," she said. "Rebates are a great way for a lot of customers to have access to new and more efficient appliances and home products than they might otherwise be able to access."
The new program follows the recent announcement of a refrigerator and freezer recycling program, in which residential customers can receive an additional $30 by scheduling a free appointment to have KU haul away and properly recycle old, working refrigerators or freezers.
The home energy rebates program also is offered by Kentucky Utilities' affiliated company Louisville Gas and Electric. The utilities have a goal of issuing more than 11,000 rebates this year.