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By John Arsenault
Education Director for SiGBA
May 10, 2009

Alright we ve all switched out the light bulbs. Now what? Are you done? Am I as green as I can be? Not yet. The Truckee Donner Public Utilities District and NV Energy are offering a wide range of next step rebates that help you improve your green standing, save you energy and now save you more money. Receive highlights of each company s offerings with links to get more info.

NV Energy:
map of NV Energy service area

One great program that NV Energy offers is a free energy audit evaluation of your monthly energy bill, from there you can make decisions about what you want to do to save energy and ultimately save money. There are specific rebates geared towards home and business. Here are just a few:

You can receive rebates on improved heating systems. It may be odd to think about heating as it s warming up into spring, but the rebates are valid right now. This is a great time to do contract work so that you ll be ready to heat your house more efficiently next fall and winter.

You can also recycle your old refrigerator. Using a state of the art process over 95% of it can be recycled. If you have your old fridge picked up you get $30 cash. Today more efficient refrigerators can save you lots of energy and money.

As a business, you can also benefit from participating in various rebate programs. NV Energy offers incentives through their Sure Bet program to use energy wisely. Call now to see if you qualify.

There are also exciting opportunities to learn about energy efficiency. Through a wide range of professional development workshops, you can learn the latest ways to save your business energy and money. Log on to for more info.

Check for more info at: or call 775 834 4444.

Truckee-Donner PUD

If you live in Truckee and you haven t switched out your light bulbs yet, the Truckee Donner PUD is offering its customers $2 a bulb when you buy and install Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs). They ve also launched a commercial rebate program to provide 33% cash back of project cost on any purchase and installation of high efficiency lighting systems. Lighting is one of the easiest ways that we can save money, if you haven t switched over to an efficient lighting system, the time is now.

The PUD also offers extensive rebates on appliances. You can receive $100 cash back for purchase of an Energy Star rated appliance. If you are still trying to make that old clothes washer or refrigerator last a few more years, consider replacing it now and you ll realize even more value than waiting with increased energy savings and money back.

If your house or building is a leaky sieve, then you want to do a building envelope test and seal the leaks. Tightening your building envelope can save you lots of money in retained heat in the winter and cooler air in the summer. You could get up to $250 cash back from the PUD for sealing your building envelope.

Check for more info at:,June08.pdf

Or call 530 582 3931.

SiGBA Projects

SiGBA also has plans for a discount coupon program as well as an energy audit product that could get you a better idea of how your home or business performs and save you significant amounts of money on improvement projects. Check the SiGBA website in the next couple of months for more information.

If you are considering generating your own energy on your property, you may be interested in more rebates. In addition to the highlighted rebate programs above, both the PUD and NV Energy offer rebates for solar, wind, and geothermal systems. NV Energy offers a hydro rebate for agricultural projects only. Check with your respective energy supplier for more information.

Whatever you ve done so far, we d like to applaud you on your efforts to move towards a more green facility, work place and home. Check out the above rebates and programs, pass it on to neighbors, friends and co-workers. Every little step helps.

Mail can be sent to: SiGBA P.O. Box 4245 Truckee, CA 96160

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