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Energy rebates are popular in Negaunee

May 15, 2009
By MIRIAM MOELLER Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - Adam and Leah Karki of Negaunee like to save energy, water and money. That's why the young couple decided to buy a new front-loading washing machine that is Energy Star rated with the help of a rebate offered by the City of Negaunee.

"I got $100 off on the utility bill from Negaunee," Adam Karki said.

Through June 30, the city of Negaunee is offering its residents rebates if they buy a new Energy Star rated clothes washer ($100), refrigerator ($100), freezer ($100), dishwasher ($50), window air conditioner ($50) or dehumidifier ($50). Amounts of rebates are listed in parenthesis.

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Adam Karki and his son Jackson, 2, of Negaunee show off their new energy and water efficient washing machine that was purchased with the help of a city of Negaunee Energy Star Appliance rebate. (Journal photo by Miriam Moeller)

"We're trying to get everyone to think along the energy saving line to be conscious of what they're using," said Lisa Petersen, city treasurer.

The rebates were made possible with the help of a $5,000 grant from Wisconsin Public Power Inc. - the utility cooperative that supplies Negaunee with electricity.

Energy Star rated appliances use significantly less energy and water than standard or old appliances, Petersen said. And they also cost less to operate. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these energy-saving appliances can reduce energy costs by 20 to 30 percent within one year.

In order to qualify for the rebate, residents must pick up an application at city hall and purchase the appliance from an approved dealer. Receipts and applications need to be turned in to the city within five days of purchase.

"The credit will get applied to their electricity bill," Petersen said.

Petersen added that she has seen a very positive response so far with $2,700 given away and 25 people participating as of Wednesday.

Another energy optimization program is planned to be offered toward the end of the summer, Petersen said.

For more information, call 475-7700.



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