From Cars to Refrigerators

refrigfurnaceNow that the Cash for Clunkers program has ended for buying fuel efficient cars, the Department of Energy is sponsoring a similar program to entice consumers to discard their old, inefficient, energy burning appliances and purchase “new ENERGY STAR® qualified home appliances.”
$300 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available for state-run rebate programs, to facilitate these new “green” purchases. The new funding will be awarded to states and territories, through their energy offices, using a formula (New York’s funding will be $18,700,327.00) set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. States and territories had to file an initial application expressing their intent to participate by August 15, 2009, and follow up with a full application by October 15, 2009.

States have the flexibility to select which residential ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances to include in their programs and DOE recommends that they focus their program efforts on heating and cooling equipment, appliances, and water heaters as these products offer the greatest energy savings potential. Examples of qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include: central air conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.

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