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Friday, March 19, 2010

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program saves money and conserves energy

Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 35

During these challenging economic times when every dollar counts, I wanted to make you aware of the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which will save you money and help conserve energy.  Texas was allocated more than $23 million in federal stimulus funds by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish this program and administer the rebates through the Comptroller's State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).

Texans can receive rebates on qualifying appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, and water heaters, purchased between April 16 and April 25.  Participants must be Texas residents, purchase the appliance in-store at a Texas retailer, and replace an old appliance with a new, energy-efficient model to be eligible for a mail-in rebate.  These rebates -- ranging from $45 to $1600 -- can be stacked with other rebates and incentives, such as manufacturer rebates and federal tax credits.  Each household is eligible for up to two appliance rebates, as long as they are two different types of appliances.  Residents who recycle their old appliance will receive an additional $75 rebate.

Because of the limited amount of funding, consumers will have an opportunity to reserve an appliance rebate by calling a toll-free number or registering online starting April 5, 2010.  After the reserved rebates are awarded, any remaining funds will be rebated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attached is a rebate flyer from the Comptroller's office.  To receive up-to-date information via email, get answers to frequently asked questions, and review a list of eligible appliances and rebate amounts, you can also visit the Comptroller's SECO website at www.secostimulus.org/rebate.