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California Utility Customers Can Earn More Green for Replacing Clunker Appliances

Customers of Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) can receive extra rebates from the state when they purchase new qualifying energy-efficient appliances and recycle their old energy-guzzling models.

The state's Cash for Appliances program, which is funded by $35.2 million in federal stimulus dollars, will apply to new, energy-efficient refrigerators, room air conditioners and clothes washers. Although SCE's and The Gas Company's rebate programs will be available year-round, the Cash for Appliances rebates will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified purchases made from April 22 to May 23, 2010 or until rebate funds are no longer available. Residential customers may receive one rebate for each type of appliance: $200 for a new refrigerator; $100 for a new clothes washer; or $50 for a room air conditioner. These rebates can be combined with the available rebates being offered by the utilities.

"We want to encourage customers to take advantage of the incentives being offered by the state and the utilities when buying energy-efficient appliances," said Mark Gaines, director of customer programs for The Gas Company. "By doing so, customers are doing their part to help conserve precious natural resources all year round and put a little 'green' back in their pocket."

"Southern California Edison hopes that this program gives customers an extra nudge to get those inefficient energy-hogging appliances out of the house. Any time consumers choose an efficient appliance over an inefficient one, it reduces their electricity bill and it helps the planet. Everyone wins," said Gene Rodrigues, SCE's director of Energy Efficiency and Solar.

Combining the California Cash for Appliances rebates with The Gas Company's and SCE's 2010 rebates can help customers earn up to $535.

For more information, call 1 (888) 390-4034, or visit the California Cash for Appliances Web site, www.cash4appliances.org, to read about the program's rules, find out which appliance models quality for rebates, and get details on recycling old appliances. Rebate forms are scheduled to be available on the program's Web site starting on April 22. Rebates for SCE's programs are at www.sce.com/rebatesandsavings; for The Gas Company energy-efficiency rebates, please visit www.socalgas.com/rebates.

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

Southern California Gas Co. is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. To learn more, go to www.socalgas.com.

 

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