Did Sandy ruin your furnace? Rebates are available

The state of Connecticut is offering rebate options for replacing heating and cooling systems, water heating systems and certain appliances that were damaged or rendered useless following Storm Sandy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this month $3 million is available to provide relief in the form of increased rebates to cover much of the cost difference between standard and high-efficiency gas and electric equipment and new rebates for higher efficiency oil/propane furnace and boiler replacements.

"Many of the homes and businesses affected by Storm Sandy will be replacing damaged appliances, and heating and cooling equipment," Mr. Malloy said. "This unfortunate situation does, however, provide a unique opportunity to help property owners improve, rather than just repair, their properties by making energy-efficiency investments that will save them money for years to come."

These enhanced rebates will be available for replacement purchases of qualifying high-efficiency equipment made between Oct. 29 and Dec. 31, 2012. Customers who require major renovations of their home as a result of the storm may qualify for low-cost financing through participation in the Home Energy Solutions-Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Rebate forms and complete information may be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1-877-947-3873.

Proof of damage from Storm Sandy will be required for rebate submission.

Rebates range from $750 for a natural gas furnace/air handler, propane furnace or propane boiler, or natural gas boiler; $500 for an oil boiler or oil furnace; to $75//$50/$25 for a TopTen ENERGY STAR refrigerator/clothes washer/freezer. There are also rebates for water heaters and heat pumps.

Property owners will be also be encouraged to take advantage of the comprehensive energy-efficiency assessments available under current programs and be allowed to do that after their lives are back to normal. Rebates connected to those audits will have extended qualification times.

The $3 million for increased rebates for more energy efficiency replacement equipment will be financed largely with energy efficiency funds made available through the Northeast Utilities/NStar merger settlement agreement.