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Forum staff reports, Published January 14 2011

Energy efficiency rebate money still available

Xcel Energy urges customers to apply soon for its remaining $1.3 million in energy efficiency rebates before the program ends.

Xcel Energy and other North Dakota utilities, working in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, launched special limited-time rebate programs last summer after the state received funding for energy programs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

There are four rebate programs available for homeowners: heating (for the purchase of energy efficient furnaces and boilers), water heating, insulation and ground source heat pumps.

A residential customer can receive up to $5,000 in rebates. Along with the ARRA rebates, residential natural gas customers may apply for existing Xcel Energy heating and water heating rebates.

Businesses can qualify for rebates by purchasing energy efficient boilers, furnaces and lighting equipment. Each business can qualify for up to $15,000 in rebates.

Qualifying equipment must have been purchased after June 1, 2010. Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funding is depleted or until Dec. 31, 2011.

For more information, visit www.xcelenergy.com.