By Nina Wu
Summer's officially over, but if you're still trying to cool your heels in the isles, Hawaii Energy is offering $50 rebates for anyone who trades up to an EnergyStar-rated window air conditioner.
Hawaii Energy, a ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, is offering a $50 rebate for individuals who swap out an old working unit for a more energy efficient one. They're available on a first-come, first-served basis, but the perk is free pick-up and haul-away of the old A/C unit.
The rebates are available on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, but not Lanai or Molokai (sorry, folks).
To qualify, your unit must be EnergyStar rated and have an energy efficiency ratio of 10.8 or higher.
1. Pick up an application at the time of purchase of an EnergyStar A/C unit from participating retailers, including Lowe's, Sears, NEX, Home Depot and City Mill.
2. Schedule a pick-up of your old A/C unit for recycling by calling 537-5577 or (877) 231-8222.
3. Send your completed rebate application and original receipt via snail mail to Hawaii Energy, P.O. Box 3920, Honolulu, HI 96812. The rebate should arrive in the mail in eight to 10 weeks.
The switch could save you about $80 per year on your electric bill (though savings vary depending on the make, model and usage of your window A/C unit).
If you're getting a split-air A/C system, there are $150 rebates available for variable refrigerant flow air conditioners up to 24,000 BTU, and $250 rebates for units from 24,001 to 36,000 BTU. They must have a minimum SEER rating of 16.
Questions? See if the answer is in the FAQ list.