AEP Ohio offers Energy Star appliance rebates
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By  Kurt Ludlow

WBNS-10TV Sunday May 20, 2012 10:30 AM

Movie-theater chains don’t offer DVD rentals, travel agencies don’t advertise “staycations” and, notwithstanding a smattering of low-cal menu options, restaurants typically don’t promote diets.

In the name of energy conservation, however, one of Ohio’s largest utilities is effectively urging its customers to use less of what it sells: electricity.

Last month, AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, reintroduced a rebate program designed to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.

The rebates range from $ 25 for a qualified dehumidifier to $ 300 for an electric-heat-pump water heater. Customers can get $ 50 for a qualified freezer, refrigerator or clothes washer.

Generally, to qualify for the rebate program, a newly purchased appliance must bear the Energy Star label, which is a seal of approval of sorts reserved for products that exceed efficiency guidelines established by the federal government.

The Energy Star program, now in its 20th year, is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Prot…………… continues on Columbus Dispatch

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