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Nevada Appliance Rebate Program Set To Role April Of 2010

Monday, November 30th, 2009


The Nevada Governor’s State Office of Energy (NSOE) will receive approximately $2.5M Dollars in Federal funding through the Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) The purpose of the Nevada Appliance Rebate program is to provide consumers in Nevada with incentive to either purchase new ENERGY STAR qualified Home appliances or replace existing non-energy efficient appliances with ENERGY STAR qualified products.


The State of Nevada Appliance Rebate Program is proposing the following rebates:


  • Clothes Washers: $75 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR rated machine.$75 for the pick-up of old machine for recycling.
  • Dishwashers: $50 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR rated machine. $50 for the pick-up of old machine for recycling.
  • Refrigerators: $100 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR rated machine. $100 for the pick-up of old machine for recycling.
  • Freezers: $75 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR rated machine. $75 for the pick-up of old machine for recycling.


The Nevada Appliance Rebate Program Goals:


  • Offer a simple program that reaches the maximum number of consumers, encouraging them to purchase DOE-recommended ENERGY STAR home appliances, replacing and recycling old, energy inefficient appliances.

  • Offer a simple program that uses available funding in the most efficient way, spurring the purchase of new ENERGY STAR appliances from area retailers, resulting in economic growth and job creation, while responsibly saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Offer a simple program that leverages the existing ENERGY STAR partner network of local retailers, who also offer recycling, to maximize marketing exposure and consumer education programs while minimizing administrative costs and program overhead.
  • Meet DOE program recycling objectives and provide meaningful program data to gauge effectiveness for future reference.


The rebate program will be set up to provide point-of-sale rebates when the sale of ENERGY STAR appliances occurs. Additional rebates for the collection of old equipment for recycling will be given when a new appliance is delivered and exchanged for an old appliance. The Nevada Appliance rebate program will not set a limit on the number or amount of rebates an individual customer may receive.


The Nevada Energy Office will partner with Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes and Kmart/Sears; state utilities, state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations to market the program and reach the most consumers. The replacement of existing appliances will not be a prerequisite for rebates, and the appliance rebates will be used to encourage consumers to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances. The appliance rebates will be available to all Nevada residents who purchase ENERGY STAR appliances, and is expected to begin April 2010.  

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Information About The Government Appliance Rebate Explained

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The Government has set aside $300 million for participating states to offer rebates for the purchase of qualified home appliances. The government appliance rebate program is currently targeted for those purchasing Energy Star home appliances, and the incentive should include the following appliances:

  • Room air conditioners
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Water heaters
  • Central air conditioners
  • Heat pumps
  • Boilers
  • Furnaces (oil and gas)


When Will The Government Appliance Rebate Program Start:

Each state had until October 15, 2009 to submit their rebate program details to the U.S. Department of Energy for approval. For example New York filed in October naming its program “The Great Appliance Swap Out”, and is not expected to be in full swing until early 2010.

It’s expected that most states participating will not be fully up, and running with the appliance rebate program until early spring of 2010. Once the state’s government appliance rebate program is approved they can begin to start with the appliance rebate programs. The government appliance rebate program should be available for consumers by late 2009 or early 2010, depending on each state’s progress.


How The Rebate Program Works:

Each State will put together their own rebate plan, and submit to the Energy Department for approval using government appliance rebate guidelines. Each state will determine what appliances to include, and can decide the amounts of the appliance rebates. So far we know that appliance that will be qualified for the rebate program must be Energy Star rated, and listed by the government as participating in the rebate program.

How Will the Appliance Rebate Program Help The Economy?

The average home spends about $2,200 on energy bills every year, and changing to appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating can save $75 a year in energy costs, while saving the environment by reducing fossil fuel emissions.

In addition consumer spending, while on the rise, should increase once the Government appliance rebate program goes into full effect. When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models.


Bottom Line Save Energy Save Money!

The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model, and with the government appliance rebate in place the playing field has been leveled.


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Texas Appliance Rebate Application Filed By State Energy Conservation Office

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) of Texas has filed its application to participate in the Government Appliance Rebate Program, and expects approval sometime in early December. The Texas appliance rebate program will be very similar to the other neighboring states as the government provides all customers with cash rebates when they buy brand new refrigerators that feature the Energy Star certification.

Congress appropriated $300 million nationwide to support state rebate programs for residential ENERGY STAR appliance products (those that represent improvements in efficiency compared to the majority of products in the market). The allocation for the Texas appliance rebate program is estimated to be $23,341,000.

The Texas Appliance Rebate Program Objectives are:

·         Save energy by encouraging appliance replacement through consumer rebates

·         Make rebates available to consumers

·         Enhance existing rebate programs by leveraging ENERGY STAR national partner relationships and local program infrastructure

·         Keep administrative costs low while adhering to monitoring and evaluation requirements

·         Promote state and national tracking and accountability

·         Use existing ENERGY STAR consumer education and outreach materials.

SECO filed its initial application with the Department of Energy for the government appliance rebate program in mid October, and expects an award response late November early December.  

Consumers who purchase residential Energy Star appliances to replace older, functional appliances will be eligible for the Texas appliance rebate. Texas will have information on a timetable once DOE gives its input and approves the state’s application. Consumers will be able to take advantage of this program to purchase energy efficient appliances once the program officially begins.


Frequently Asked Question About the Texas Appliance Rebate Program:

·         What types of appliances are eligible?

States can determine which Energy Star appliances will be eligible for a rebate based on a “pre-approved” list provided by the Department of Energy. The appliance categories include boilers, central air conditioners, washing machines, dishwashers, freezers, furnaces (oil and gas), heat pumps (air source and geothermal), refrigerators, room air conditioners and water heaters.

·         Has Texas decided which appliances will be eligible?

Texas has submitted its appliance list to the Department of Energy and is waiting for program approval. The appliance selection was based on the highest potential for energy savings. Texas will have about $23 million to award and wants to get the most energy savings per dollar rebated for the best benefit to all Texans.

·         Has Texas made a decision on the level of rebates that will be available?

Once a list of eligible appliances is determined, rebate levels will be determined. This is part of the state application that must be submitted to and approved by the Department of Energy. A formula is currently being considered that will likely weigh potential energy savings and/or cost difference between energy saving and non-energy saving appliances.

·         How will consumers be able to apply for the rebate?

The State Energy Conservation Office is determining the most effective way for consumers to apply for the rebate as part of its application to the Department of Energy. Details will be provided online when the funding is announced toward the end of the year.

·         Will replaced appliances have to be recycled?

Texas plans to include recycling opportunities of old appliances in the program design. Once finalized, details will be provided online.

Intended Outcome For The Stimulus Program In Texas and Nationally

The rebates consumers in the state of Texas receive for purchasing these brand new home appliances will help them afford them in the first place. By providing consumers with the means to purchase these home appliances, the government is helping out the local economies by motivating more people to spend money. If consumers spend their money, cash flow increases and more money circulates in those economies. Those retail stores will hire more employees and provide the community with more jobs. These programs will help stimulate the economy in Texas and help resolve the environmental issues and energy crisis we currently face not only in Texas, but the United States as a whole.



California Appliance Rebate Program Ready To Go In 2010

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

California Energy Commission Allocation of government appliance rebate Program: $35.2 million

California‘s Appliance Rebate Program

The California Appliance Rebate program is expected to be in full swing in early spring 2010. The Energy Commission has submitted its proposed Appliance Rebate Program design to the U.S. Department of Energy on October 14, 2009.

California has been allocated $35.2 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to participate in the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP). The California Energy Commission will administer the SEEARP that will provide rebates to consumers for purchasing ENERGY STAR®-qualified home appliances during the rebate period.

The California appliance rebate program will:

·         Save energy by replacing inefficient appliances with more efficient ones.

·         Make rebates for efficient appliances available to residential consumers.

·         Leverage the ARRA funds with existing rebate programs and partnerships.

·         Keep administrative costs low while meeting the federal monitoring and evaluation requirements.

·         Provide state and national rebate tracking and accountability.

·         Use current ENERGY STAR consumer education and outreach materials.

Three home appliance categories were selected to be eligible to receive appliance rebates:

1.       Clothes Washers (proposed rebate $100)

2.       Refrigerators (proposed rebate $75)

3.       Room air conditioners (proposed rebate $50).

To qualify for the California appliance rebate, the appliances must be ENERGY STAR-listed and certified to the Energy Commission as meeting all state and federal appliance efficiency standards.

Frequently Asked Questions About The California rebate program:

What is the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP)?

The federal government is providing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to augment existing appliance rebate programs. California has been allocated $35.3 million in ARRA funds to participate in this program. The California Energy Commission will administer the SEEARP that will provide rebates to consumers for purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances.

Can I get my rebate now?

Not yet. The Energy Commission expects the ARRA funds by the end of 2009 and anticipates launching the California Appliance Rebate program by early 2010. Right now, the Energy Commission is designing the Appliance Rebate program, which has to be approved by the DOE.

What appliances are eligible?

Appliances must be ENERGY STAR listed; however, the specific appliances eligible for California’s Appliance Rebate Program haven’t been determined. The Energy Commission is using the list of “pre-screened” appliances from the Department of Energy (DOE) to help identify the California eligible appliances.

Will the State of California be offering rebates?

Not directly. The Energy Commission is looking for partners to help implement this program. Partners may include utilities, retailers, manufacturers and others.

Will I have to turn in my old appliance?

That’s always a good idea for energy savings whether it’s required or not; however, the requirements for appliance recycling for California’s rebate program have not been decided.

Who qualifies for rebates?

All California residential consumers who buy a qualified home appliance during the rebate period.

Will rebates be awarded retroactively for purchases already made?

No. Rebates will only be given to eligible California residential consumers for qualified appliances purchased during a time period in 2010 that has yet to be determined.

How will I know when these rebates are available?

Retailers will be providing information in stores for those appliances covered under the California appliance rebate program.  


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Florida Appliance Rebates Available To Residents Spring Of 2010

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Florida residents can get ready to take advantage of an appliance rebate program this spring, one that’s similar to cash for clunkers. Did you know that the average home spends about $2,200 on energy bills every year? Change to appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating, and you can save $75 a year in energy costs, while saving the environment.

Until recent news of an upcoming government appliance rebate program (dubbed “Cash for Appliances” or “Cash for Refrigerators”), many Americans had heard of Energy Star appliances, but didn’t really know much about them other than they cost more than average appliances.

Florida‘s Energy and Climate Commission plan on implementing the Florida appliance rebate program this spring, and it’s possible your family could save more than $1,000 in appliance rebates.


So far, commissioners are trying to decide whether to offer a flat discount rate of 15 percent to 20 percent OR give rebates based on a tiered system. Basically, the more money you spend, and the better energy appliance efficiency, the more money you’ll get back.

Currently there are six different Energy Star eligible appliances:

  • tank-less water heaters
  • room air conditioners
  • clothes washing machines
  • refrigerators
  • dish washers
  • freezers

Appliance Recycling Incentive

You may be eligible for even more money if you trade in your old appliances. So on top of the new appliance rebate, you can also get money back for your old one. Currently there is no set program in place, but requirements are expected early next year.

Bottom Line Save Money!

When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.

 The Florida appliance rebate is intended to provide a boost to the states economy one household at a time, and residents of Florida can expect their $17 million dollar boost to become available in the spring of 2010.   





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How To Dispose Of and Get Rebates For Old Home Appliances

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Home appliances, like all consumer goods, require energy and resources in their creation, operation, and disposal.  Environmental consequences after disposal may include the introduction of greenhouse gases, heavy metals and toxic chemicals into the environment. Refrigerators, air conditioners, electronics, and fluorescent lighting products pose particular risks to the environment that should be kept in check; however, consumers should minimize the impact of all disposed goods by recycling as much of the durable materials as possible (metals, plastics, glass) and by making themselves aware of and recovering any harmful substances involved. This reduces the impact of landfill waste as well as further mining of increasingly scarce resources.

Cooling equipment, such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and room air conditioners involve refrigerants and insulating foams that release ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases once in a landfill. Older home appliances may also contain PCBs or mercury. Newer products (made within the past 10 years) do not contain these toxic materials and use refrigerants and foam blowing agents that are less harmful to the ozone layer, but they still contribute greenhouse gas emissions. Federal law requires the removal and proper disposal of refrigerants but not foam products.

Most municipalities will pick up your old refrigerator, freezer or air conditioner with the bulk trash pick-up (you must call the city to arrange a pick-up). By law, the city must dispose of refrigerants, PCBs and mercury properly. But first, contact your utility and to see if there is a rebate or bounty program in your area.

Can I get a rebate for trading in my old home appliance?

Your utility may even pay you to get rid of inefficient home appliances.  These programs usually involve an incentive on the order of $35 for the collection of old units, either in the form of cash or a rebate towards an ENERGY STAR home appliance replacement. A third party contractor that works with the utility will either come to you and pick up the appliance, or hold a turn-in event where you drop it of. Existing programs predominantly target old refrigerators; a few programs also offer a rebate for room air conditioners. Contractors ensure that the old units are disposed of properly.

Some companies that run bounty programs are ARCA Inc., JACO Environmental, and CSG. To bring a bounty program to your community, or for more information on bounty programs, try contacting your electricity provider, your local air protection government official, or the aforementioned companies

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Ohio Appliance Rebates Set to Participate In Government Appliance Rebate Program

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Starting early next year, Ohio consumers will be eligible for rebates of $100 to $250 to replace their outdated kitchen appliances and water heaters with newer, Energy Star-rated appliances.

 The government appliance rebate program will pay rebates to consumers who buy such appliances, and could get $100 back for qualified refrigerators, dishwashers and high-efficiency gas water heaters, $150 back for washers and $250 back for electric heat pump water heaters.

The Ohio appliance rebate program will be requiring new appliance buyers to properly dispose of or recycle their old appliances, but it doesn’t say how. If all goes as planned, the new appliances would cut annual energy consumption by 11,656,501 kilowatt-hours, or the equivalent of what it takes to power 11,000 to 15,000 homes, and 449,755 therms, or enough gas to heat 450 Northeast Ohio homes.  It would reduce water consumption by 175,652,211 gallons a year, or enough to fill more than 70 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The stimulus bill this year gave funds for the first time to an energy rebate program set up by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The appliance rebates would encourage people to replace old appliances with more energy-efficient models, and help appliance store owners spur sales.


The federal Energy Star program covers 60 product categories like refrigerators, one of the biggest household energy hogs. The Energy Star Program also includes everyday household appliances that the Energy Department says underscores the president’s commitment to make American homes more energy efficient while supporting the nation’s economic recovery. The government appliance rebate for Ohio should be in full swing with most participating states by late January 2010.




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