Air conditioner 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Energy and Water Ministry launched a program on Sunday to replace 10,000
Israeli air conditioners, aiming to provide energy savings of 17 million
kilowatt-hours per year.
Those who receive social security and own air
conditioners that were purchased 10 years ago or more are eligible to replace
their inefficient machines with brand new units at a huge price reduction,
according to the project.
According to the ministry – which has invested
approximately NIS 10 million in the project – it will be contributing about NIS
1,000 toward each new air conditioner, about 40 percent of the total cost of the
machine. The ministry will not only be subsidizing the cost of the units
themselves, but also all of the additional distribution costs – such as
transporting and installing the new machines, as well as dismantling and
scrapping the old ones.
“This is a social step, which incorporates market
and energy needs,” said Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau in a statement
released by his office.
The air conditioner swap is part of the overall
ministry program emphasizing energy efficiency and reducing power consumption –
which has already included refrigerator replacements, subsidized fluorescent
light bulb sales and public outreach television commercials.
replacement will conserve about 1,700 kilowatt-hours per year, and every
household with one of the trade-ins will save about NIS 800-850 per year,
according to ministry estimates.
Those who meet the conditions should
contact the Tornado Consumer Goods call center to coordinate a meeting to test
eligibility. Each new machine will come with a three-year warranty, the ministry