Hawaii Energy Offers New Window Air Conditioner Rebate

Posted September 18, 2014

Hawaii Energy launched its “Window AC Trade-Up” offer to help residents beat the heat when purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® window air conditioner.

Hawaii Energy will provide a $50 rebate for those making the purchase when they surrender an old working unit. The rebates are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available while funding lasts.

Residents can expect to save about 235 kilowatt hours (kWh) or $80 annually based on an average of $0.34/kWh compared to a non-ENERGY STAR model. These savings can vary depending on usage, model and electricity rates on each island.

In addition to the rebate, Hawaii Energy will provide free pick-up and haul away to ensure the old working ACs are properly recycled. Residential electric utility ratepayers on Hawaii Island, Maui or Oahu are eligible for the rebate. At this time, the rebate is not available on Lanai and Molokai.

“The Window AC Trade-Up is a win-win for residents and the environment. Old air conditioners won’t wind up in landfills and the rebate can help pay for a new one that can save more energy,” said Caroline Carl, Hawaii Energy Residential & Transformational Program Director. “The recycling process is really convenient, conducted responsibly and totally free for residents.”

Applications for the “Window AC Trade-Up” are provided by participating retailers at the time of purchase. Participating retailers include the following: Best Buy, City Mill, Disco Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Navy Exchange (NEX) and Sears.

To qualify for the $50 rebate, residents are required to purchase an ENERGY STAR window AC with a minimum Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 10.8 – the higher the rating the more energy-efficient the AC. The EER rating can be found on the box and unit. Additionally, ACs must also be listed on ENERGY STAR’s website. Visit www.energystar.gov/productfinder and select “Room Air Conditioners” to find your make and model.

For more information, please call Hawaii Energy at 537-5577 or toll-free on Hawaii Island and Maui at (877) 231-8222.