By Tammy Squires, Energy Use Adviser

Claiming rebates paid off big for residential Cherryland members this year. It not only put real money back into the pockets of our members, but it also became a long-term, energy-efficient investment for these members’ homes and businesses.

Our Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) program is a state-mandated program designed to incentivize members to become more energy efficient through specific state-approved measures, including replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs and purchasing energy-efficient home appliances.

Our goal for 2017 was to save just under 4 million kilowatt hours. Over 800 residential members took advantage of the program and turned in rebate applications for approved Energy Star-rated measures. With every bulb replaced, appliance installed, and freezer recycled last year, we again were able to exceed our goal. In 2017 we saved a total of 4.15 million kilowatt hours.

To claim a rebate in 2018, visit our website and download the residential rebate form with the list of approved measures and qualification requirements. Cherryland member-businesses can call our office to learn more about energy efficiency rebates available. We want to work with each of our members to maximize energy efficiency goals and potential rebates.