Riverside – As triple digit temperatures are scheduled to continue to heat things up throughout the Inland Empire this week, Riverside Public Utilities is continuing to urge its residential and commercial customers to conserve energy whenever and wherever they can.
“A little conservation by a lot of people goes a long way toward reducing overall energy consumption,” said RPU General Manager David H. Wright. Simple steps like setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turning off unneeded lighting, and waiting to use major appliances until after 6 p.m. all help to reduce the city’s overall energy demands, increase system reliability, and help reduce the risk of any planned outages (also known as rolling blackouts).
RPU electric customers also have a variety of programs that they can participate in that can help them lower energy bills, stay cool, and get great rebates. Quick cooling projects RPU offers includes rebates of up to $25 for installing Energy Star-rated ceiling fans (4 fans maximum), and $50 for installing an Energy Star-rated room air conditioner.
Attic fans can also be a quick, low cost way to remove heat from the rafters. RPU energy customers can receive $100 back for installing solar powered attic fans, or receive a $50 rebate on electric attic fans (limit 2 of any kind). Rebates of $100 are also available on whole house fans, which can quickly cool down the entire home in just minutes.
RPU also offers up to $1,000 back for installing a new, energy efficient 15 SEER or greater central air conditioner. If an AC unit only needs a tune up, customers can still receive $25 back on their existing HVAC system servicing (refrigerant recharge required). When customers use two or more of these efficiency measures together with the utility’s Whole House Rebate program, they can increase rebate amounts – up to 250 percent! For additional energy conservation tips, and for complete details on all of RPU’s energy conservation rebate programs for residential and commercial customers, visit www.GreenRiverside.com.
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