5 ways to earn energy rebates in Los Angeles
Many different rebates are available in California for residents who take steps to conserve energy with more efficient appliances and home materials.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, it pays to go green – at least when it comes to electricity.
Understanding that environmentally responsible practices are more expensive, the state of California and electric utility companies offer a variety of incentives to encourage residents to conserve energy.
Here are five ways property owners can conserve energy and rack up some savings.
Appliances purchases. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Southern California Edison (SCE) offer rebates for the purchase of qualified Energy Star items including refrigerators, air conditioners and windows.
Refrigerator recycling. For those who can’t shoulder the cost on their own, LADWP offers a discount program in exchange for refrigerators that are more than 10 years old. SCE will pay customers $50 to haul away and recycle old refrigerators and freezers, which must be in working condition at the time of pickup. The old appliances are dismantled in an environmentally-safe way at the recycling center.
Water heaters. SCE offers a $30 rebate to property owners who buy and install an energy-efficient electric water heater that holds a minimum of 30 gallons and with an energy factor of at least .93. Hybrid electric heat pump water heaters with a minimum of 40 gallons and an energy factor of a least 2.0 are also eligible.
Heating and air conditioning. Installing a new air conditioning system can be very expensive, but for SCE customers, it can yield dividends not only in energy savings but also in rebates up to $2,000. Install a single-stage or two-stage ducted evaporative cooling system and receive a $300 rebate from SCE.
Property owners who enter into a qualified maintenance agreement can receive a $50 rebate from SCE. The company also offers a $100 rebate to those who make recommended repairs. LADWP offers a tiered bonus system for property owners who install energy efficient central split-system air conditioners or heat pumps, whole house fans and cool roofs.
Pool pumps. SCE customers can get a $200 refund if they bought a qualified variable-speed pool pump between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, and installed it by Feb. 29, 2011.