03/22/2016

BPU Expands Refrigerator Replacement ProgramResidential and Commercial Customers can now get up to $3,500.00

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has expanded a rebate program that encourages customers to replace their older, less efficient refrigerators with an Energy Star® qualified appliance that uses less electricity. While the program was previously only available to residential customers, it is now available to commercial customers as well. Moreover, the amount of rebate provided to residential customers who utilize this program has been increased to $1,000.00, and commercial customers can now get up to $3,500.00 (up to 70% of the purchase price of a new refrigerator).

Refrigerators operate 24 hours a day, using more electricity annually than any other appliance in the home. If made before 2001, investing in a newer model can save energy immediately and cut customer’s utility costs significantly over time. BPU’s rebate program, with revisions, is intended to reduce energy consumption and further protect the environment. 

To receive a BPU Refrigerator Replacement Rebate, customers should do the following: 

  1. Remove and replace older refrigerators with a new Energy Star® qualified refrigerator from a retailer. Make sure the appliance has the Energy Star® label when making the purchase. 

  2. Request and submit the BPU Rebate Application by calling 913-573-9997. 
    • Include a copy of dated sales receipt/invoice showing manufacturer, model number, and purchase price of the new appliance. 
    • Include copy of the signed document of disposal of previously owned refrigerator.

  3. Once completed, customers will receive a mailed check from BPU within six to eight weeks.

The Refrigerator Replacement Rebate program is available for a limited time and for BPU residential and commercial customers living in the BPU service area, and applies to 70% of the purchase price of residential or commercial refrigerators with new Energy Star® certifications. Residential customers can get up to a $1,000.00 rebate, while commercial refrigerators can get up to $2,500.00 for a one- or two-door refrigerator, and up to $3,500.00 for three-plus-door refrigerators.

The rebate is valid for purchases made between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, with purchase receipt, removal document, and application postmarked no later than December 31, 2016.

One rebate per household/address per customer, and the $1,000.00 rebate amount may not exceed the purchase price of the refrigerator. Customers must have an active electric account that is in good standing. 

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s website is www.bpu.com.

 
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