Customer participation in Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program continues to be high, with $3 million in funds budgeted for the 2013 program either expended or reserved as of June 26, according to Marc Shkolnick, manager, Energy Services.
The Sustainable Energy Program offers customers financial incentives to help them purchase eligible equipment and/or services that make their homes and businesses more energy efficient.
With the 2013 budgeted Sustainable Energy Program funds depleted, the following program parameters apply:
• New preauthorization requests will be placed on a wait list in the order they are received.
• LES is unable to guarantee the projects on the wait list will receive funding.
• Consideration of the options available, if any, to provide additional funds will be discussed with the LES Administrative Board in July 2013.
• Only preauthorization requests on the wait list will be eligible for incentives should additional Sustainable Energy Program incentive funding become available within the next several weeks.
• Contractors or customer self-installers who have submitted a preauthorization request for the wait list may proceed with their energy-efficiency project, but may only receive an incentive payment should sufficient additional funding become available.
• Once a preauthorization request has been placed on the wait list, a confirmation notice will be sent to the local contractor and the customer indicating their request has been received.
“Except for funds that have been obligated through a Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality matching fund agreement, all other Sustainable Energy Program incentives have been expended or reserved,” Shkolnick said. “The grant funding supports a Freezer and Refrigerator Recycling Incentive program that launched Monday, July 1.”
The new LES appliance recycling program pays customers $35 for having their old, working, secondary refrigerators and freezers picked up and recycled into raw materials. This incentive program provides LES customers the opportunity to cut their electricity costs, earn cash and conserve energy.
“Refrigerators built before 1993 can require three times the amount of energy as newer, more efficient models,” he said. “And those operating in unconditioned basements and garages must consume even more energy to keep cold.” Removing these older, inefficient appliances can save the average LES customer as much as $90 to $100 per year.
LES is working with JACO Environmental, a national appliance recycler, to pick up and recycle 95 percent of each old refrigerator or freezer into recyclable metals, glass and plastics.
To schedule an appointment for this free pickup and recycling service, LES customers should call 1-866-444-9160 or visit www.les.com/Pickup by Oct. 31.