Old appliances may cost more than customers realize

By Contributor
November 17th, 2011

FortisBC has launched a rebate program for electricity customers who choose to upgrade their appliances to qualifying ENERGY STAR® rated model.  Rebates of up to $75 are available on the most energy efficient ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and clothes washers.

“By upgrading to qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances, customers can be confident that they have chosen one of the most efficient models available,” said Tom Loski, vice president, customer service at FortisBC. “Upgrading to a new, qualifying ENERGY STAR clothes washer alone, can save a customer over $80 in electricity costs over the course of a year, based on current electricity rates, compared with a 20 year old model.”

“Through the FortisBC PowerSense program, we support our customers as they take steps to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient,” said Loski.  “The cumulative effect of efforts to conserve energy benefits every FortisBC electricity customer.”

There are many ways customers can conserve energy, while also reducing their energy costs. For example, the average new ENERGY STAR refrigerator uses more than 60 per cent less energy than the average 20 year old model. In an effort to reduce the number of older refrigerators used in homes, FortisBC is offering their electricity customers a $50 rebate on ENERGY STAR Tier 2 or 3 refrigerators. An additional $20 rebate is available to FortisBC electricity customers when they recycle their old refrigerator. For details about the refrigerator take-back program, visit www.fortisbc.com/fridge

The following PowerSense rebates are also available from FortisBC:

·         $25 rebate on ENERGY STAR Tier 2 dishwashers

·         $25 rebate on ENERGY STAR freezers

·         $75 rebate on ENERGY STAR Tier 3 clothes washers

Appliance rebate application forms are available from appliance retailers as well as at www.fortisbc.com/ENERGYSTARappliances

FortisBC is committed to helping customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. Since its inception in 1989, FortisBC’s PowerSense program has helped southern interior customers save more than 385 gigawatt hours (GWh), enough energy to power over 30,000 homes for a year.  For more details about any FortisBC PowerSense rebate or incentive program, visit www.fortisbc.com/powersense.


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