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State and Territory Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs

Posted by on Friday, 23 April, 2010

Each of the states and territories of the United States have established an energy efficient appliance rebate program. They each set their own rules for which products are eligible for rebates, the dates that the rebates are available, and have their own web sites and departments in charge of the programs.

States have specific eligibility requirements. Many states have more applicants for rebates than can be reimbursed with the money they have received from the federal recovery act, so they have established waiting lists. Knowing the specific time and date when a rebate program begins accepting applications is very important. For example, the Virginia program starts on April 28th. Virginia receives a greater amount of federal subsidies to run its program than other states and territories because of the size of its population. This is a first come first served program, rebates are provided to the earliest applicants. The online reservation system opens up at eleven in the morning. Access to a fast computer and fast network at that time will be helpful, since many other Virginia applicants are going for the rebate.

States do not all offer the same amount of money for each item, or even provide rebates on the same energy conserving appliances. The refrigerator rebate program in California offers more than three times as much than the refrigerator rebate in Virginia. On the other hand, the Virginia program offers rebates on water heaters and furnaces, which are not included in the California appliance rebate program. A state determines which appliances to include by estimating the amount of carbon emissions that appliance produces, a factor that varies according to the climate of the state. Check advertisements that mention an appliance rebate to determine in which state the offer is valid. Also check for quantity restrictions, the Virginia appliance rebate is limited to one item, which is not the case for other states.

The appliance rebate programs do not include past appliance purchases. Even if a customer bought the item a week before the program started, it is not eligible. Delaying an appliance purchase until the start of the rebate period is a wise decision. Additional rebates are available in some states. Tennessee mentions that energy providers in the state offer additional rebate funding. The utilities’ rebate programs are separate from the state programs, so requirements on which products are eligible for rebates can also be different. Other government agencies may support the state rebates, the Tennessee appliance rebate program is provided with the assistance of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

US Territories offer federally subsidized appliance rebates. Northern Mariana Islands offers rebates funded by the Recovery Act, and at three hundred dollars for a washing machine or a refrigerator and a hundred and fifty dollars for an air conditioner these rebates are larger than many rebates available in mainland states. Guam and American Samoa are also participating in the appliance rebate program.