The Arkansas Energy Office announced last week that it has increased the amounts for its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program. The increased amounts apply to new purchases and will be retroactive for those who have already received rebates,
The program provides mail-in rebates for consumers who replace their refrigerators, clothes washers, and water heaters with products that qualify for an Energy Star Rating. The rebate amount for qualified refrigerators increased from $125 to $275; clothes washers from $175 to $225; and water heaters from $200 to $300.
Since the rebate program began in March 2010, about $832,000 of the original $2.74 million remained last week.
Those who have already received rebates do not need to do anything to receive the additional rebate money.
The Arkansas program is part of a $300 million nationwide effort to encourage energy efficiency. The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
For more information, visit http://arkansasenergy.org.