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Rebate Program Pays To Get AC Checked

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As a native northerner, Pam Koncki battles the south's summer heat outside, with a constantly cool home inside.

"Refrigeration status, I really do. It's on 72 right now," said Pam.

To keep it running efficiently, Pam relies on regular maintenance from the professionals. She could also be eligible for extra incentives through her electric company, Laurens Electric Cooperative.

If you're a Duke Energy customer, you could get a $50 check in the mail just for getting your air conditioning unit a health check.

It's part of a Duke Energy Smart Saver Program that provides homeowners incentives for getting a tune-up on their AC or heat pump system.

Carolina Heating Service is one of a few Upstate companies certified to do the checks.

"Mostly it's piece of mind that it's working up to full capacity," said Service Manager Randy Vaughn. "But if not, yes it's definitely an advantage because we've given them ideas of what needs to be done to change to get the efficiency up."

Here's how it works: Duke Energy customers can request a health check from a participating contractor. You'll find a list on the company's website.

Carolina Heating says the test cost $99 dollars. If techs find something wrong with your system, Duke Energy will send you a $50 rebate.

If you end up getting a new AC unit installed, you may be eligible for an additional $200 rebate.

Vaughn says even if your home air unit is already broken, you could still benefit.

"What we've found is on an out call, there's something wrong with it already. So the good thing is if it's a Duke customer, then we make the repairs and they're automatically going to get the $50 rebate and we don't charge the $99 dollar special while we're already there," said Vaughn.

Duke Energy also offers other savings for customers, including free and discounted energy efficient light bulbs.

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