Southern California Edison (SCE) recently shared ways with its customers to save energy, money and the environment - and stay safe.
Representatives from SCE were at an event at the James L Brulte Senior Center to provide information and answer questions from customers.
Tuning up an air conditioner can save up to 30 percent on cooling costs and extend a unit's life as much as eight years. SCE's A/C Tune-Up Program offers up to $150 back to customers for each unit serviced, depending on the level of tune-up they purchase from a licensed contractor. The tune-up must occur between April 14 and July 31 for customers to be eligible for a rebate. A tune-up includes condenser and evaporator coil cleaning, duct testing and sealing and refrigerant charge adjustments. Customers can expect to pay between $75 and $150 for a basic tune-up; an advanced tune-up costs $400 to $600.
The company's Summer Discount Plan allows SCE to remotely turn off willing customers' central air conditioner compressors during a summer power emergency. In exchange, the customers get a credit of up to $200; customers can choose one of two options, depending on how many times they allow SCE to cycle off their air conditioners. Participating customers lower their energy costs and help to ensure a reliable electricity supply.
In addition, SCE's Refrigerator Recycling Program will pay customers $50 to discard their old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, which can cost up to $290 per year to operate. The utility will pick up old models and recycle them in an environmentally responsible manner. Customers also are eligible for $50 rebates for buying new ENERGY STAR-labeled refrigerators.
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