Details on appliance rebate program

The Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program offers consumers incentives to buy new, energy-efficient home appliances

April 6, 2010 2:02:53 PM PDT
Cash for Clunkers may be long over, but another federally funded program could be the next frenzy for consumers in the market for new home appliances. The Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is offering incentives to encourage residents to upgrade old but functional appliances for new energy-efficient ones.

In the Lone Star state, the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program officially kicks off 7am Wednesday, when residents will be able reserve up to two rebates for qualified ENERGY STAR or CEE:

Refrigerators
Freezers
Room air conditioners
Clothes washers
Dishwashers
Central air conditioners
Air-source heat pumps
Hot water heaters

The rebates range between $45 and $1,600, depending on the appliance type and energy efficiency of model purchased.

Click here to see details of eligible appliances

Purchases for refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, clothes washers and dishwashers must be made in stores between April 16 and April 25. For central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps and hot water heaters, purchases must be made in stores or through a Texas contractor after April 16 but no later than 60 days from rebate reservation or waitlist request date.

The rebate program is part of a $300 million national initiative to encourage Americans to conserve energy. The state of Texas received more than $23 million to participate in the effort.

Requesters must be Texas residents with a valid Texas residential address. They also must be willing to provide their first and last names, address and the type of appliance they plan to buy. Residents also have the option to provide a phone number or e-mail address to track their requests.

Applicants can request only one rebate per appliance category and are limited to two rebates per household.

Residents also may qualify for an extra $75 recycling rebate if old an appliance is taken to a recycling facility where it can be de-manufactured, cleared of all hazardous materials and all recyclable materials are reprocessed. Click here for a list of approved recycling facilities.

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