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Program Offers Rebates for Air Conditioner Replacement

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LAS VEGAS -- All anyone wants to do on a blistering hot summer day is go inside and cool off. But imagine having an air conditioning unit that doesn't work well. If this sounds like your home, NV Energy is offering rebates as part of a new summer program called CheckMe Plus.

The program offers an instant rebate up to $1,000. You must be an NV Energy customer, your A/C unit must be running right now and it must qualify for the rebate.

First, you call an NV Energy contractor to come out and check your unit.

"It starts with a tune-up first, that way we determine how the A/C unit runs, as far as efficiency -- whether it needs to be replaced or not or maybe the homeowner decides they want a low cost measure that improves energy efficiency," said project leader Leo Wong.

After the contractor checks your unit, Wong says they report back to NV Energy how well it's running and how badly you need a replacement. The new air conditioner must be a high efficiency unit, which costs between $5,000 and $7,000. It's money one homeowner is thinking of spending on her 16-year-old unit.

"I'm gambling a little bit. Do I want to replace it now and use the rebate or do I think I can get another couple of years out of it?" said homeowner Naomi Bettencourt.

Bettencourt got her A/C unit checked to see if she qualified for a new unit.

Here's what the rebate covers: replacing an inefficient air conditioner or heat pump with a high efficiency unit. Also, if you need a specialized cooling control for the Las Vegas climate or high efficiency fan motor. It also includes duct testing and sealing.

The high efficiency units are more expensive but NV Energy says they last longer, cool your home faster and improve air quality for people who suffer from allergies.

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