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09/12/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) will re-launch its popular rebate program for energy efficient appliances and equipment on Friday, September 19th. The re-launch will coincide with a State of Florida sales tax holiday that will take place Friday, September 19th, through, Sunday, September 21st, for energy efficient products bearing the Energy Star and WaterSense labels.

“Replacing old, energy-hogging appliances can create major savings on monthly energy bills, but investments in energy efficient appliances, while cost-effective in the long-run, may not be affordable in the short-term,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “with the help of KEYS’ rebate program, and the added incentive of a sales tax holiday, the initial purchase costs can be greatly offset.”

The rebate program will see the return of the 14 appliances for residential customers, which include those for: Programmable Thermostats ($25); Ceiling Fans ($25); White Roof Coating ($25); Dehumidifiers ($50); Dishwashers ($55); Room Air Conditioners ($75); Refrigerators ($75); Freezers ($75); Clothes Washers ($100); Duct Leak Repairs or Replacement ($150); Ductless Air Conditioners ($175); Central Air Conditioners ($250); and Solar Hot Water Heaters ($450). Commercial customers are eligible to apply for an LED Exit Sign rebate ($10 each) with a limit of five per account. The terms of the rebate program allow customers to receive more than one rebate per appliance type within a designated timeframe.

Per the terms of the sales tax holiday, the first $1,500 of the sale price of a new Energy Star or WaterSense product will be exempt from sales tax. It also limits a buyer to one purchase of each specific type of product with a sales price of $500 or more. A second or subsequent purchase of a specific type of Energy Star or WaterSense product with a sales price of $500 or more is subject to tax.

Qualifying Energy Star projects for the sales tax holiday include: air conditioners; air purifier; ceiling fan; clothes washer; clothes dryer; dehumidifier; dishwasher; freezer; refrigerator; water heater; swimming pool pump; and a package of light bulbs that is designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each agency’s requirements under the Energy Star program and that is affixed with an Energy Star label.

“This great sales tax holiday gives Floridians the opportunity to save on the purchase of these items, as well as save in the long-term through lower utility bills. In addition to putting money back in the pockets of taxpayers, it also encourages the conservation of our precious energy and water resources,” said State of Florida Representative Holly Raschein. She went on to add that, “it is a key component to the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott’s plan to cut taxes and fees by $500-million this year.

KEYS’ customers looking for more information on the rebate program should log on to on September 19th and click on a home page banner that will be activated on that day. Once online, KEYS’ customers can select from the 14 rebate options available and download the applicable forms and applications.

Rebates will be awarded to eligible KEYS’ customers on a first-come, first-served basis and the rebate program will end when funding is no longer available. KEYS is set to award approximately $95,000 in rebates, which will be added to approximately $550,000 it has provided in rebates since 2008.

PHOTO CAPTION:(From left) KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda and State of Florida Representative Holly Raschein inspect an Energy Star rated refrigerator, that qualifies for KEYS’ rebate program and the State of Florida sales tax holiday, in the Key West Home Depot.

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