Published: Aug 17, 2010 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 1:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Public Service Commission has increased cash rebates by up to $150 in some cases for buying or retaining efficient natural gas appliances to encourage conservation.

The commission Tuesday approved the higher rebates in three demand-side management programs offered by Florida's seven investor-owned gas utilities.

The panel, though, rejected a gas service reactivation allowance after finding it's more a marketing tool than a conservation measure.

The affected companies are Florida City Gas, Chesapeake Utilities Corp., Florida Public Utilities Co., Indiantown Gas Co., Peoples Gas Co., Sebring Gas System and St. Joe Natural Gas Co.