States Rolling Out Rebates for Appliances
Last October I wrote that the federal government was giving states money to offer rebates on Energy Star-qualified appliances. A handful of states have started offering these rebates to consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances to replace old ones. Many more states will begin their programs in April.
Rebates ranging from $25 to $1,000 on appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and even central air conditioners are already available in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. You can use the Department of Energy’s interactive map to find out which appliances qualify for rebates in your state. Below the map you’ll find links to each state’s program and a projected start date for the rebates.
The rebates are not retroactive. So if you bought, say, a new clothes washer before your state’s rebate program began, you won’t be able to get any money back now. Also, it’s up to the states to decide whether consumers can receive rebates on more than one appliance.
The $300 million in funding for the program comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.