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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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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.

 
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FLORIDA APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

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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