Federal Stimulus Appliance Rebate Program for Texas

By Vernon Trollinger, December 14, 2009, Energy Efficiency, Green, News, Save Money

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced on Friday, Dec. 11, that Texas will use approximately $23 million in federal stimulus funds for a mail-in rebate program for consumers who purchase certain energy efficient household appliances.

The trouble is, because there is only $23 million dollars alotted for this rebate, you only have a ten day window.  Here's how it works:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved the rebates for consumers who buy eligible Energy Star appliances to replace the same type of older but still working appliance. The Texas program also offers an incentive to recycle old appliances.

“Flat rebates will be given on Energy Star certified refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters, clothes washers and dishwashers,” Combs said.

An additional $75 recycling rebate will go to consumers who buy an Energy Star certified appliance and then recycle the same type of still-working old appliance.  Appliances that are Energy Star certified are more energy efficient and save their owners money to run them.

Texas Mail-in rebates on elegible Energy Star appliances are only available during the ten days between April 16 and April 25, 2010 — which cooincides with Earth Day.

The mail-in rebates will apply to eligible appliances purchased between April 16 and April 25, 2010. The 10-day period will coincide with Earth Day.

Here's the official list:
Appliance Rebate   Add $75 Recycling Rebate
Refrigerator $240   $315
Freezer $180   $255
Room Air Conditioner $45   $120
Clothes Washer $150 or $180*   $225 or $255
Dishwasher $110 or $140*   $185 or $215
Central Air Conditioner $600 , $800 or $1,000*   $675, $875 or $1,075
Heat Pump $1,200 – $1,600*   $1,275 – $1,675
Water Heater $255 – $640*   $330 – $715

*depending on appliance type and energy efficiency of model purchased.

Of course, most consumers will need to plan ahead to take advantage of this offer.  Remember that there is a limited amount of Federal stimulus funds available. So, there will be an opportunity for you to reserve and appliance rebate by calling a toll-free number or registering online approximately two weeks prior to April 16, 2010.

After the reserved mail-in rebates are awarded, any remaining funds will be rebated to consumers on a first-come, first-served basis. Shoppers will be limited to two appliance rebates and two recycling rebates per household.

Details can be found at the rebate website: www.secostimulus.org/rebate.

Not from Texas and looking for renewable energy incentives in your state?  Look up Federal, State and local info at DSIRE.

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