Mass will offer energy saving appliance rebate program

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The Patrick-Murray administration announced the launch on July 28 of the “Massachusetts Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.” The program, funded with taxpayer dollars, will provide up to $200 in rebates per household for eligible refrigerator and room air conditioner replacements, according to a press release.

Customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator and/or room air conditioner to replace an inefficient model, may qualify for rebates of $150 and $50, respectively.

“Taking old, inefficient appliances off the grid and replacing them with energy-saving models, cuts energy consumption and costs, while stimulating the economy with retail sales,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. said. “As I have said before, the clean energy revolution is going to occur one household at a time and this program is a great example of how it will happen.”

The program is funded by a combination of a US Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and funds available to promote energy efficiency from a nitrogen oxides cap-and-trade program established to reduce ozone pollution.

Rebates will be available on all ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators and room air conditioners, purchased on or after July 28, and each purchaser must replace an existing refrigerator or room air conditioner to receive a rebate, according to a press release.

Customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner on or after July 28 bring in their old unit for recycling at the time of purchase, and certify on their rebate application that they have traded their old one in.

Customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator on or after July 28 can accept delivery and certify on their rebate application that their old refrigerator has been hauled away.

Customers fill out a rebate application online, which places a hold on the requested funds. Those who apply via the customer service center will receive their completed application in the mail. The signed application, which includes certification that a refrigerator and/or room air conditioner has been traded in, is sent with proof of purchase(s) to Helgeson Enterprises Inc.

The 2011 Massachusetts Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is a limited time only offer that ends when the funding is fully exhausted. Funding is limited to $2 million and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Old appliances don’t need to be in working condition when exchanged for more efficient models. They will be recycled after trade-in.

The federal Recovery Act allocated $6.2 million to Massachusetts to administer an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program designed to spur household energy savings by taking high energy-consuming home appliances out of service and replacing them with qualified ENERGY STAR® models.

Massachusetts delivered the first round of its Recovery Act-funded appliance program in 2010. More than 20,000 rebates were fulfilled, but not all of the funding was used. This created the need for the 2011 program.