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The Pinch: Georgia Power offers rebates, incentives for customers

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The summer months are just heating up, but if homeowners think ahead to winter, they could save hundreds in their annual home energy costs.

Georgia Power is offering customers a chance to earn up to a $400 rebate by replacing a gas furnace with an energy-efficient electric heat pump. The offer is good through Aug. 31.

Customers can receive a $400 rebate for converting from a natural gas furnace to a 15 SEER or higher heat pump, or they can get a $200 rebate for converting from gas furnace to a 13-14.9 SEER heat pump.

More than 50 percent of a monthly utility bill goes to heating and cooling costs. A high-efficiency heat pump can save up to $300 a year on heating and cooling. The estimated heating and cooling costs are based on a 2,146-square-foot home, according to Georgia Power’s Web site.

To receive the rebate, the homeowner must be a Georgia Power customer. Installations must be made by Aug. 31 by participating HVAC dealers. For more information, call (800) 524-2421, ext. 950, or visit www.georgiapower.com/earthcents/residential/heat-pump.asp.

Georgia Power offers additional rebates and incentives:

ENERGY STAR LIGHTING: Georgia Power has special pricing on selected Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs at participating Costco and Home Depot stores, while supplies last. Shoppers can get 25-45 percent off certain four packs of compact fluorescent light bulbs. For qualifying light bulbs, look for the Georgia Power EarthCents label.

No coupons or rebates are needed. Shoppers will receive savings at the register. For a list of participating retailers, visit Georgia Power’s Web site.

REFRIGERATOR RECYCLING PROGRAM: Get $35 when you recycle your second working refrigerator or freezer through Georgia Power’s Refrigerator Recycling Program. For free pickup, call (866) 446-9250.

ATTIC INSULATION: Get up to a $300 rebate when you properly insulate your attic.

WATER HEATING SYSTEM: Get up to a $250 rebate when you install a solar or heat pump water heating system.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT: Get a $100 rebate when you install a programmable thermostat.

COUPONS

Sunday’s issue of The Augusta Chronicle has $414.33 in coupons. They include $2.29 at Kmart, $5 at Walgreens, $5.90 in RedPlum,$340.14 in SmartSource, $30 in Parade, $12 at Rite Aid, $9 at Publix and $10 at Rack Room Shoes.

The SmartSource insert has a coupon to save $1.50 on any one package of Huggies diapers. It expires July 14.

FOR BREAKFAST

PUBLIX SALE: Save on the most important meal of the day – breakfast – at the Publix Breakfast Sale through Tuesday. Sale items include:

• Post Cereal, Entenmann’s Donuts, Simply Potatoes and Quaker Instant Grits: Buy one, get one free

• Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal and Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles: Two for $5.


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