Texas Appliance Rebate Application Filed By State Energy Conservation Office

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.

 

 

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