May 19, 2010
For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Offers Air Conditioner Recycling
and Geothermal System Rebates

Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation now have more opportunities to save on their energy bills and protect the environment with additional incentives offered by the utility’s suite of energy efficiency programs, SavingsCentral. The new incentives relate to air conditioning, geothermal heating and cooling systems and select appliances.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, customers may turn in their old, working air conditioners at participating Hudson Valley Sears locations for recycling, and receive a $50 or $100 rebate toward the purchase of a new Energy Star® model window or through-the-wall air conditioner, respectively.

“This recycling program reduces waste by encouraging our customers to replace their inefficient air conditioners with newer models that use less energy and better protect the environment, while ensuring their old units are properly recycled,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice-President of Customer Services.

To kick-off this program, Central Hudson will hold an Air Conditioner Turn-In Event at Sears in the Poughkeepsie Galleria on Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday May 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  “Our customers who bring their old, operating window or through-the-wall air conditioners to a designated station in the Sears parking lot for free recycling will also qualify for a rebate of $50 or $100 toward a new Energy Star replacement unit,” said Freni.

Central Hudson customers are eligible to recycle and receive rebates for up to four air conditioners per residential account.  The Sears location at the Poughkeepsie Galleria will continue to accept units after the turn-in event through Sept. 15, 2010, and customers may also drop off units and receive a rebate at the participating Sears locations in Kingston and Newburgh between June 15 and Sept. 15, 2010.

Residential customers are now also offered rebates of $1,000 per ton for the installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems, also known as ground-source heat pumps. A typical residential installation is 3 to 4 tons, or more. “These highly efficient heating and cooling systems take advantage of constant year-round temperatures found underground to provide heating and air conditioning at a lower cost and with fewer environmental impacts than conventional systems,” said Freni. “Rebates for geothermal systems are already available for commercial customers, and this latest program now allows homeowners to take advantage of these rebates, too, typically $3,000 to $4,000 or more per residential system, depending on the size of the home.” 

Beginning July 1, 2010, and running through December 31, 2011, Central Hudson will offer a recycling incentive for older, working refrigerators and freezers. “Customers who participate in the program and agree to recycle their inefficient refrigerator or freezer will receive a $50 bounty by mail, just for turning it in,” said Freni. “Central Hudson will pick up the units at our customers’ homes and recycle the unit at no charge. The older appliances, especially secondary units, are high energy users, and often cost more to operate than any potential savings in bulk food purchases. By recycling older freezers and refrigerators, our customers can save both money and energy,” said Freni.”

Operating window and wall air conditioners will also be accepted when a qualifying refrigerator or freezer is collected and qualify for a rebate of $50 or $100 toward a new Energy Star replacement air conditioner.

These incentives join Central Hudson’s family of electric energy efficiency programs for residents and small and mid-size businesses, government and other non-residential facilities. To date, nearly 450 residential and 35 business, municipal and non-profit organizations have installed energy efficiency measures using SavingsCentral programs. Together they have received incentives of nearly $480,000, and they are saving more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 43,000 therms of natural gas, 1,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and $218,000 in combined energy costs each year.

To learn more about available programs, energy-saving tips for homes and businesses and a list of approved contractors, visit or call 1-800-515-5353. To learn more about geothermal systems, visit, and click on Products and Services.

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SavingsCentral Programs at-a-glance

In addition to the new programs described above, the Home Energy SavingsCentral Program offers residential customers rebates of $25 to $600 on eligible energy efficient equipment and measures including central air conditioners, central air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and ENERGY STAR programmable thermostats:

Incentives of up to $600 are available for residential customers to professionally seal homes and duct systems after having blower door and duct blaster testing performed by an eligible SavingsCentral Trade Ally: