AR Energy Office Reopens Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

Last week the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) announced that it has reopened the Energy Star Appliance Rebate program.

Due to its success, the agency secured an additional $2.4 million to fund rebates for energy-efficient appliances.

The program began in March 2010 and closed in August 2010 after it exhausted its original $2.74 million and an additional $1.4 million that it received in July. The program funded more than 17,000 rebates for energy-efficient appliances and is expected to fund additional 10,000 rebates.

The program offers a $275.00 rebate on ENERGY STAR rated refrigerators, $225.00 on ENERGY STAR clothes washers and $300.00 on certain ENERGY STAR water heaters. Eligible ENERGY STAR hot water heaters include gas storage systems that meet the 2010 ENERGY STAR criteria, gas tankless and heat pump systems. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are depleted.

Qualifications for the rebate include (1) applicant must be an Arkansas resident, (2) must purchase a qualifying appliance from a participating vendor, (3) must replace an existing appliance, (4) must install the new appliance at their primary residential address, (5) must obtain documentation that the old appliance was either removed or taken to a recycling center, and (6) within 30 days of purchase, submit (a) a rebate form, (b) proof-of-purchase, and (c) documentation that the replaced appliance was either hauled away by a participating vendor or recycled.

People who purchased qualifying appliances when the program was closed, August 9 through September 23, have until October 29, 2010, to submit rebate forms for those purchases.

The 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 on the Arkansas ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program and to find rebate forms and participating retailers or vendors, visit the Arkansas Energy Office website at www.arkansasenergy.org or the Arkansas Rebates site at www.AR.State-Rebate.com. Interested customers can also call (877) 883-8510 with any questions.

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