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SCE Prepares for a Sizzling Summer

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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.

Seniors are briefed during the SCE event on money saving tips.
"Conservation is always in season and is especially important during the summer months," said Gene Rodrigues, SCE's director of energy efficiency.  "We're offering more incentives than ever for people to save money this season, including our air conditioner tune-up program and our Summer Discount Plan."
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.

Pictured L to R: Christian Nelson, SCE Local Public Affairs; Dennis Michael, Mayor Pro Tem of Rancho Cucamonga; Gene Rodrigues, Director of Energy Efficiency, SCE.
Air conditioning alternatives earn rebates. Customers can pocket $50 when they purchase an ENERGY STAR-labeled room air conditioner or a whole-house fan and $300-$600 back on an evaporative cooling unit. "Cool-roof" materials will also earn 10-20 cents back per square foot.

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.

For tips on saving energy, visit www.sce.com/safety . For more about SCE's energy efficiency and safety advice, see www.sce.com.

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