$300 Million for New Energy Star Appliance Rebates to Consumers
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Nearly $300 million soon will be available for consumer rebates on Energy Star qualified appliances the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week. The appliances will include various HVAC equipment:
- Central air conditions,
- Room air conditioners
- Air source and geothermal heat pumps,
- Gas and oil burners,
- Water heaters
The rebates will be disbursed via state-run programs through their energy offices. Each state is required to submit a plan that specifies which Energy Star appliance categories will be included in their rebate program, the rebate level for each product type, how rebates will be processed and how old appliances will be recycled.
States must file an initial application in August, and a final application by Oct. 15. The states and territories will get 10% of the funds on initial application and the balance after their plans are approved. See the complete DOE news release.