Archive for December, 2009

New Jersey Appliance Rebate Program Gets Approval For Cool Advantage / Warm Advantage Programs

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has received approval from the federal government appliance rebate program to offer NJ residents additional incentives on ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.  The New Jersey Appliance Rebate Program is tentatively scheduled to be offered in April 2010.  The appliance rebate program will offer incentives for the purchase of specified home appliances, and will be broken down into two categories: The Cool Advantage Program and The Warm Advantage Program.  

Cool Advantage Rebate Program:

The Cool Advantage program provides rebates for energy-efficient central air conditioners, or heat pumps as well as proper system sizing and installation that affect operating efficiency.  

Central Air Conditioner rebate amounts are based on the unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and documentation that the proper installation requirements have been met. Both the condenser and coil must be replaced or installed as a matched set as rated in the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute certified performance criteria.

Heat Pump rebate amounts are based on the unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) and documentation that the proper installation requirements have been met.  All three factors (SEER, EER and HSPF) must meet minimum requirements in order to qualify for a rebate.

Rebates And Eligibility:

*       Cool Advantage Rebates will range between $100 -$150 for the purchase and installation of qualified Energy Star central air conditioners, and heat pumps. In order to be eligible for the New Jersey Appliance Rebate Program residents must have a current residential electric account with Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power and Light, Public Service Electric and Gas, or Rockland Electric.

 

 

Warm Advantage Rebate Program:

The WARM Advantage Program provides rebates for high efficiency natural gas home heating systems and/or water heaters. Install a gas heating system and/or domestic water heater that meet all applicable efficiency requirements based on the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Consumers Directory of Certified Efficiency Ratings. Qualifying heating systems installed in new homes must be located in “Smart Growth” areas of NJ in order to receive an incentive.

Rebates And Eligibility:

Purchase and install a new natural gas furnace with an AFUE of 92% or greater, a boiler with an AFUE of 85% or greater and/or a natural gas water heater with an Energy Factor of .62 or greater. Install and operate the furnace, boiler or water heater in a residence that is supplied by natural gas directly from one of the New Jersey gas utilities and has a residential gas account number.

*       Warm Advantage Rebates will range between $300 -$400 for the purchase and installation of qualified gas boilers and furnaces. Rebates for domestic hot water heaters will range between $25-$300 dollars. In order to be eligible for the New Jersey Appliance Rebate Program residents must have a current residential electric account with Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power and Light, Public Service Electric and Gas, or Rockland Electric.

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Department of Energy Approves Michigan Appliance Rebate Program

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

The State of Michigan has been approved by the US Department of Energy for its $9,598,000 share of the government appliance rebate program. The Michigan appliance rebate program coined Michigan Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (MEEARP) hopes to have the rebate program available to residential customers by mid-February 2010. MEEARP will not be retroactive for products purchased prior to the program start date.

 

The Michigan Appliance Rebate Program will complement utility energy optimization programs and provide rebates for appliances not covered by utility programs. Appliances have to be replaced. Residential consumers using mail-in rebates will certify that appliances have been replaced. Because there is a much greater possibility that a refrigerator would be retained as a second refrigerator, purchasers of refrigerators will be required to provide documentation that the replaced refrigerator has been taken by a retailer, recycler, or other party. The appliance rebates will range between $50-$300, and will include the following categories:

 

  • Refrigerators – $50-$100

  • Clothes washers – $50
  • Dishwashers – $25-$50
  • Propane and oil furnaces – $300
  • Solar hot water heaters – $1,200 max
  • Propane hot water heaters – $100

 

The broad goals of the MI appliance rebate program are to spur economic growth, save energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging appliance replacements through consumer rebates. This program will create jobs in retailing and manufacturing. Michigan companies make many of the products included in the Michigan appliance rebate program.

 

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“SMART” APPLIANCES – Illinois Appliance Rebate Program Approved By DOE.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The US Department of Energy has approved the Illinois appliance rebate program, and the state is slated to begin it $12,379,000 share of the program in two phases with the first phase starting in January of 2010.

The initial phase of the appliance rebate program will offer rebates on heating and cooling equipment (furnaces, central AC, heat pumps, water heaters) starting this winter and continue to offer the rebate program until the funds are depleted. 

The second phase of the Illinois appliance rebate program will begin in April of 2010 (targeting Earth Day), and is projected to last no more than a few weeks. The second phase of the rebate program will offer rebates through retailers of 10-15% on Energy Star appliances of $50-100. The appliances included in the Ill rebate program include:

·         Refrigerators

·         Washers

·         Dishwashers

·         Freezers

·         Room air conditioners

The Ill rebate program also will give an additional rebate of $50-100 if the old appliance is turned in for recycling.  The state may plan to offer the rebate program for an additional period in the fall of 2010 if funds remain.

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 in the spring of 2010.

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Pennsylvania Appliance Rebate Program Approved By DOE For HVAC and Water Heating Rebates

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The state of Pennsylvania has been approved for $11 Million in Recovery Funds under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Pennsylvania appliance rebate program will offer rebates that will make non-electrical heating, air conditioning and water heating equipment more affordable.

 

The Pennsylvania appliance rebate program coined “PA Energy Equipment Rebate Program” is intended to compliment residential energy conservation programs electric utilities will offer for heating, ventilation and air conditioning appliances that operate on electricity. The PA appliance rebate program will target families looking for ways to cut their utility bills by conserving energy, and offer financial incentives to help them purchase modern, energy efficient heating, cooling and ventilation equipment.

 

The new state rebate program will focus on HVAC and water heating equipment that uses natural gas, propane and oil. Eligible equipment must be new and meet or exceed Energy Star standards. The state has received approval in December 2009 for the program from the U.S. Department of Energy, and hopes to have funds available for equipment by March 2010.

 

The Pennsylvania appliance rebate program “PA Energy Equipment Rebate Program” is expected to help boost the economy by creating jobs and work for local contractors who install the equipment.

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Department of Energy Approves Tennessee Appliance Rebate Program

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The Tennessee appliance rebate program will receive $5.9 million for rebates and administrative costs, and will be funded by federal dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Tennessee appliance rebate program application was approved on December 2, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Eligible appliances for the TN rebate program will include air source heat pumps, central air conditioners and room air conditioners with the Energy Star designation. A rebate of $250 will be available for the air source heat pumps and central air conditioners, while room air conditioners will be eligible for a $40 rebate.

 

Statewide, the estimated energy savings for delivery and installation of qualified heating and cooling products is approximately 16 million kilowatt hours per year. A reduction in energy use of that size translates to a yearly savings of almost $1.4 million in energy costs for Tennesseans and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by 32 million pounds annually.

 

When Will The Tennessee Appliance Rebate Program Start:

 

The target date for the launch of the program is Earth Day, April 22, 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 each state  is approved they can begin to start their own appliance rebate programs. The government appliance rebate program should be available for most consumers nationwide by late 2009 or early 2010, depending on each state’s progress.

 

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.

 

The Tennessee appliance rebate program will help consumers purchase more efficient heating and cooling systems, and help families reduce their energy use and save on their heating and cooling bills each month.

 

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Earth Day To Kick Off North Carolina Appliance Rebate Program

Friday, December 4th, 2009

 

North Carolina is receiving $8.8 million in federal funds to help homeowners purchase energy-efficient appliances, from furnaces and room air conditioners to refrigerators and dishwashers. The funds are part of nearly $300 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act being distributed nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy for its government appliance rebate program.

The North Carolina appliance rebate program will save North Carolinians on major appliance purchases while putting $8.8 million in federal Recovery funds to work stimulating the economy, cutting energy use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions under American Economic Housing And Recovery Act.

 

The North Carolina appliance rebate plan calls for rebates of 15 percent to be offered to replace major home appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances over a four-day period next spring during Earth Day weekend – Thursday April 22 through Sunday April 25, 2010. Energy Star rebates will be in addition to any store, manufacturer or other discounts being offered.

By replacing older, conventional appliances with the 49,960 Energy Star items it is estimated will be purchased in the program, enough electricity will be saved to power 536 homes for a year. Natural gas savings would serve 390 homes for a year.

The Energy Star Rebate program is planned to be conducted in two phases. The first would offer a 15 percent rebate on qualified Energy Star household appliances (clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers) during Earth Day weekend.

The second phase North Carolina appliance rebate program beginning in June will match rebates on gas storage water heaters, tankless gas water heaters, central air conditioners, heat pumps and gas furnaces offered through electric and gas utility programs. The energy savings can be significant. For example, a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator uses half the electricity that the same size refrigerator built before 1995 uses.

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South Carolina Appliance Rebate Program Set For Early Spring

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

South Carolinians who want to replace old household appliances with new energy-efficient models will receive discounts of $50 to $500 this spring under the state’s planned “Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate” program. The South Carolina appliance rebate for new Energy Star certified refrigerators, dishwashers, hot water heaters and other appliances are funded by South Carolina’s share of the $300 million in federal stimulus funds being distributed to each state for appliance rebates. A total of $3.9 million will be available in South Carolina appliance rebate program for rebates.

For appliances bought in a store, the rebate will be applied instantly when the customer goes to the register. Installers of whole-house equipment such as water heaters and HVAC systems will reserve rebates online and then provide customers with mail-in forms. An electronic system will track each rebate issued.

Rebate levels were determined based upon the cost difference between a standard and an Energy Star appliance. Energy Star qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50 percent less energy and water than standard models. The rebates will be available only to South Carolina residents making purchases in South Carolina stores and contractors. The program is expected to launch in March and will continue until all funds are exhausted.

Customers who purchase a new appliance must turn in the old item. Stores and contractors participating in the rebate program must agree to recycle all old appliances in accordance with standard industry practice. Recycling is required to ensure that inefficient appliances are removed from the power grid.

Rebate Level by Product
Clothes washers $100
Dishwashers $50
Refrigerators $50
Room Air Conditioning Units $50
Central Air Conditioning Units $200
Heat Pump $500
Gas Furnace $500
Gas-Condensing Water Heater $400
Electric Heat Pump Water Heater $400
Hi-Efficiency Gas Storage Water Heater $100
Hi-Performance Gas Storage Water Heater $200
Gas Tankless Water Heater $400
Solar Electric Water Heater $400
Solar Gas Water Heater $400

Additional details about the South Carolina appliance rebate, including the exact launch date for the program, will be announced in coming months. For regular updates please visit www.energy.sc.gov.

 

 

 

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Georgia Appliance Rebate Program Assembled By Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The state of Georgia will be ready to implement its share of the Government Appliance Rebate program with the state expecting its award of $9,293,000. Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) is requesting proposals from potential Service Providers to develop, implement, and fully execute GEFA’s State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP), and has submitted it plan on October 15th., and expects an award confirmation sometime in early December with the program slated to be underway late February of 2010

 

The purpose of the Georgia appliance rebate program is to save energy and stimulate the economy by encouraging consumers to replace old appliances with new ENERGY STAR qualified models. This program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

 

Georgia Appliance Rebate program objectives:

 

  • Save energy by encouraging appliance replacement
  •  Make rebates available to consumers statewide
  • Enhance existing rebate programs by leveraging ENERGY STAR national partner relationships
  • Keep administrative costs low
  • Ensure state and national tracking and accountability
  • Use existing ENERGY STAR consumer education and outreach materials
  • Provide overall check processing and payment management with minimal GEFA oversight dayto-day, ensuring accurate and timely delivery to applicants – check mailed to recipients within 72 hours of receiving necessary information
  • Develop a real-time, on demand, data collections and reporting system that will accurately collect, aggregate, summarize and deliver the required data to GEFA

 

QUALIFIED APPLIANCES

 

The Georgia appliance rebate program is to be designed to incentivize replacement of existing appliances with a qualifying appliance. States have the flexibility to select which residential ENERGY STAR qualified appliances to include in their programs and what rebate amount to assign for each. It is expected that the Georgia appliance rebate with include the following residential ENERGY STAR qualified appliance categories:

 

  • Boilers
  • Central air conditioners
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Refrigerators
  • Room air conditioners
  • Water heaters

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