• Rebates for Energy Star® appliances still available from LPEA


    Members can receive $40 rebates for purchase of energy efficient appliances

    DURANGO, Colo. – Though some government rebate programs may have exhausted their funding, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) continues its rebates for purchase of Energy Star® appliances. LPEA, with support of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, offers $40 (each) when member-consumers purchase new, energy efficient dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators or freezers.

    “This has been a tremendously successful program for LPEA,” said Mark Schwantes, manager of corporate services, noting the cooperative is currently processing some 50 rebate applications per month. “Since launching the program in 2008, we’ve processed more than 1,300 applications and paid out about $48,000 to our members. And that dollar figure doesn’t include the energy savings our members are now enjoying with their new Energy Star appliances.”

    According to Schwantes, those who purchased new appliances and received rebates in just 2010 alone are realizing an estimated annual electricity savings of 52,000 kilowatt hours. That translates, over the lifetime of those appliances, to an estimated reduction in green house gas emissions of 812,000 lbs.

    “Replacing old appliances with newer models that have earned the government's Energy Star label can really save energy,” said Sue Maxwell, project specialist who oversees the rebate administration. “For example, old refrigerators and freezers can consume two to four times more energy annually than a new model. Upgrading to new refrigerators and freezers can thus decrease our members’ electric bills. Plus we offer an additional $25 for each refrigerator or freezer recycled.”

    Though LPEA is in the business of selling electricity, the company, as a non-profit cooperative, continually looks to do “what is best” for member-consumers, and that, according to Schwantes, includes helping save energy and lowering monthly utility bills. LPEA’s mission also includes environmental responsibility, which is further impetus for the rebate program.

    “The more energy we can save, the less electricity generation is needed,” said Schwantes. “Helping use less energy postpones Tri-State’s need to build additional power plants, plus it gives the industry more time to refine renewable energy options, and make those more economically viable for individuals.”

    Member-consumers within LPEA’s service area have 180 days from date of purchase to apply for the rebate. To verify that a specific model qualifies, visit www.energystar.gov and review the complete list.

    Following purchase, customers must submit an original proof-of-purchase along with the completed rebate form (available at www.lpea.coop) to LPEA. The $40 rebates are credited to the electric bills within the following billing cycle.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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