State Rep. Keith McCall said the state Department of Environmental Protection has increased rebates available to Carbon County homeowneres who replace old, obsolete home furnaces or hot water heaters with new, engergy-efficient models.

"Nearly half of your residential energy consumption goes to heating your home and your hot water - so improving the efficiency of furnaces and hot water heaters can save you big money in the long run," McCall said. "Thanks to federal stimulus dollars you can now get up to $1,000 back on a new heating or hot water system and be ready for winter," McCall added.

He continued, "Even though the temperature outside is still scorching hot, it's actually a great time to think about upgrading your home system - not waiting for a dead-of-winter breakdown - and these increased rebates can help you get the job done affordably."

In April, the program was originally funded with $11 million, but so far only $2 million has been disbursed to roughly 3,900 state residents. Rebates originally ranged from $250 to $500, but recently were increased to $250 to $1,000 depending on the equipment purchased.

To find out how to apply and what heating equipment is eligible, residents should visit www.paheatingrebates.com-http://www.paheatingrebates.com, or call toll free at 1-877-592-2061.