Rebate program returns Monday

Keys Energy Services is bringing back its popular rebate program for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.

The utility, which provides power to 29,000 customers from Key West to the Seven Mile Bridge, has $80,000 available for rebates starting on Monday.

Customers are eligible for rebates of varying amounts on the purchase of 14 energy-efficient appliances or improvements.

Customers get the rebate in the form of a credit on a future bill, said Keys Energy spokesman Julio Barroso.

All but one of the rebates are for residential customers.

To see what kind of energy-efficiency standard each appliance must meet, check out the program materials on the utility’s website, .

What’s eligible

The following details eligible items and the rebate amounts:

  • Ceiling fans, $25, limit five per account;
  • Ductless air conditioners, $175, limit three per account;
  • White roof coating, $25, minimum 5 gallons;
  • Programmable thermostats, $25;
  • Dehumidifiers, $50;
  • Dishwashers, $55;
  • Room air conditioners, $75, limit three per account;
  • Refrigerators, $75;
  • Freezers, $75;
  • Clothes washers, $100;
  • Duct leak repairs or replacement, $150;
  • Central air conditioners, $250;
  • Solar water heaters, $450; and
  • LED exit sign, $10 (limit of five, for commercial customers only).
  • Program details

    Barroso suggests reviewing the specifications before you shop and taking the form with you to the store.

    " Make sure whatever you buy meets the criteria, " Barroso said.

    The 3-year-old rebate program normally starts at the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, but Keys Energy is starting earlier to take advantage of the Clean Energy grant it received.

    Under the terms of the $770,000 grant, which will also fund other energy-efficient projects at Keys Energy, the money has to be spent by April 2012.

    Customers who’ve received a rebate on a certain item in the past can apply again if they’ve since moved to a new place.

    For details on how the rebate program works and to download an application, visit , starting Monday.