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Archive for June, 2009

Replace your air conditioner, get a discount from the Greek government


Residents of Greece planning to replace their air conditioners can qualify for a 35 percent discount up to 500 euros, if purchasing an energy-efficient inverter type. The EU-subsidized program begins June 8 10 and was supposed to last six (6) months, but the government terminated the program on August 22, 2009 due to exceeding its original goal and budget.

Who qualifies for the discount?

Greek, EU and non-EU citizens who have a residence in Greece. Businesses (companies, small businesses, self-employed with an office) do not qualify. It must be a residence.

The discount applies only if you are replacing an existing air conditioner of any age. It does not apply if you are purchasing one for the first time, since the aim of the Development Ministry’s program is to conserve energy, cut carbon emissions and update between 2 million to 3.5 million “old” air conditioners that are not energy efficient.

* Note that the ‘old’ air conditioner must be in working order; it cannot be broken.

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