PEORIA, Ill., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ameren Illinois (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) invites customers to take a bite out of their energy bills by taking the ENERGY STAR ® Pledge to use less energy by replacing at least one incandescent light with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL).
"March 10th is the Great Energy Efficiency Day and what better way to celebrate than by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge," said Karen Warnke, Ameren Illinois energy efficiency advisor. "Your savings begin the minute you start using energy efficient lights.
"As an added incentive, when you take the pledge you will have a chance to win the ENERGY STAR qualified appliance of your choice with a retail value of up to $2,000. Second and third prizes are $300 and $100 home improvement store gift certificates," Warnke said.
Customers can take the pledge by visiting the Act On Energy® Web site (ActOnEnergy.com) and selecting "For My Home." To have a chance to win a prize, customers must take the Energy Star Pledge no later than April 30. For information on how to enter by mail, call 1-866-838-6918.
"ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs are the smart lighting choice. When you use a CFL in place of an incandescent bulb, you can save $5 in energy costs for an entire year. Replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with CFLs can add up to $100 in annual savings," Warnke said.
Ameren Illinois customers can purchase CFLs at sharply discounted prices online at ActOnEnergy.com, by calling 1-866-845-7085 or at participating Home Depot, Sam's Clubs, Menard's, Ace Hardware, CVS, Best Buy, True Value, Meijer, Kroger, Super Value, Niemann Market, Rural King, County Market, Family Dollar and Lowe's stores.
Also, customers now have a convenient way to recycle CFLs. Utilizing a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic opportunity, the Ameren Illinois has placed recycling containers in Springfield Electric stores, many county health departments and at participating Ace and True Value stores. A complete list recycling sites is available at ActOnEnergy.com.
Warnke said AIU electric customers also can begin saving with just one phone call. AIU will pay an electric customer $35 for a standard size refrigerator or freezer manufactured before 1993. The appliance must be operating and used as a secondary unit located in a garage or basement.
"Those old refrigerators and freezers out in garages and down in basements waste a lot of energy," said Warnke. "A standard size secondary refrigerator might cost $100 or more a year to operate."
Eligible electric customers should call 1-866-899-9088 to schedule a pickup of their refrigerator or freezer. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In addition, Act On Energy is offering rebates to residential electric customers on these ENERGY STAR qualified products: $35 rebates on window air conditioners, $25 rebates on dehumidifiers and $20 on ceiling fans with lights and ceiling fan light kits.
Residential electric customers may receive an incentive of $600 for retiring an existing central air conditioner or heat pump with a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 8 or less. A retired unit must then be replaced with a new 14 SEER central air conditioner or heat pump. If the retired air conditioner or heat pump has a SEER greater than 8, an incentive of $110 may be paid.
Residential electric customers who install a new geothermal heat pump may receive an incentive of $600.
The Act On Energy program has been honored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), which awarded AIU with the "Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award" for two programs. MEEA (www.mwalliance.org) is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.
Additional information about the Great Energy Efficiency Day is available on the Energy Efficiency Council's Web site (www.energyedcouncil.org/).
The Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) have been providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The Ameren Illinois Utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and 840,000 natural gas customers in more than 1,200 communities within a 43,700-square-mile service territory.
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