Looking to cut utility costs? Scottsdale workshop offers tips

Many Arizona homeowners aren’t aware of the bounty of utility rebates, incentives and free offers that are available for customers of Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Company and Southwest Gas.

APS will pay you $50 and provide free removal and recycling of your old refrigerator. Chris Baggett from APS will join representatives from Salt River Project and Southwest Gas at a Scottsdale workshop planned Dec. 3.

APS will pay you $50 and provide free removal and recycling of your old refrigerator. Chris Baggett from APS will join representatives from Salt River Project and Southwest Gas at a Scottsdale workshop planned Dec. 3.

Buying a new refrigerator? Get $50 from APS for recycling the old one.

Want to plant shade trees? They are free for the asking from SRP.

“A home energy audit is the first thing homeowners should consider when trying to save money on their utility bills,” said Sharon Bonesteel, an expert in energy efficiency with Salt River Project.

The utility offers a whole-house energy audit for as low as $99 and provides rebates for upgrades to efficient appliances, pool pumps, air conditioners and LED light bulbs plus other products that save energy and water.

Ms. Bonesteel will join Chris Baggett from Arizona Public Service Company and Todd Czaplewski of Southwest Gas at a free public workshop sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program at Granite Reef Senior Center 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

“Incentives for Home Energy Improvements, Water and More” is free and open to the public.

The workshop will provide information about all of the energy efficiency programs and rebates that are available for single family and multi-family homes in the utilities’ service territories. The City of Scottsdale Water Resources office also offers rebates to its residents.

“Building energy codes are being adopted in Arizona that make new homes energy efficient and affordable,” said Ellen Zuckerman, Arizona senior associate of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.

“But for folks living in older homes, upgrades using utility incentives and rebates can help Arizonans achieve a similar result.”

For more information, contact Anthony Floyd, 480-312-4202 or email afloyd@scottsdaleaz.gov.

The Scottsdale Independent is published monthly and mailed to 75,000 homes and businesses in Scottsdale.

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