BGE encourages customers thinking about replacing old air conditioning systems this summer to check out the rebates for energy efficient cooling systems at BGESmartEnergy.com<http://www.bgesmartenergy.com/>. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program offers rebates from $200 to $1,800 on high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR(r) certified HVAC equipment.
“If your cooling equipment is more than 10 years old or you’ve renovated your home since your current HVAC system was installed, now is a good time to consider upgrading,” said Chris Walls, manager of energy efficiency programs for BGE. “You’re probably asking your air conditioner to work harder to keep you cool, and that can result in higher energy costs and less comfort. Newer systems are at least 15% more efficient, and when properly matched to your home dimensions by a participating contractor, you can save with rebates now and through lower energy use over time.”
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) account for up to 50 percent of a typical home’s energy usage each month. Participating contractors in the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program are specially trained to determine the right size and type of equipment for a home, which will help ensure that these systems operate at peak efficiency. Customers can find more information and a list of participating contractors at BGESmartEnergy.com.<http://www.bgesmartenergy.com/>
Customers can receive the following rebates:
* $500 to $1,000 rebates on central air conditioning systems.
* $750 to $1,250 rebates on air source heat pumps.
* $300 rebates on gas furnaces.
* $200 to $600 rebates on ductless mini-split heat pump systems.
* $1,800 rebates on geothermal heat pumps.
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy consumption, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lower energy bills compared to what they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers.
These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.