Obama to talk energy efficiency rebates, tour Savannah businesses

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - President Obama will be arriving in Savannah Tuesday morning to talk with small businesses and outline a new federal rebate program.

The President will be announcing the details of the new rebate program during a speech at Savannah Technical College.

Consumers would be eligible for between $1,000 and $1,500 in on-the-spot rebates for buying insulation, water heaters or other equipment to help their homes burn energy more efficiently. Rebates of $3,000 would be available to consumers who get a home energy audit and then make the changes needed to produce an energy savings of 20 percent.

Obama has said such a rebate program will create jobs, reduce energy consumption and save money for consumers.

Savannah Tech has been busy getting ready for Obama's visit. The President will also be taking a tour of the campus.

Classes at Savannah Tech scheduled before 1pm Tuesday are canceled.

We will have crews inside Savannah Tech during the speech and you'll be able to watch it live right here on wtoc.com. Just click on the link below:


The President will also get a look at a manufacturing facility and a local small business before flying back to Washington.

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