Monday, May 17, 2010

Californians offered millions in fed. Rebate dollars for energy efficient appliances

Californians are being offered millions in federal rebate dollars to buy energy-efficient appliances. They will have to act fast to get mail-in rebates on energy-efficient appliances provided by the latest federal stimulus program.

The rebate program is part of a federal stimulus program created by the Obama administration last year, but each state is distributing the money according to its own rules. In California, the Energy Commission is administering the rebates.

Texas and Florida launched their programs earlier this month and each burned through their allotment of vouchers in less than two days. Consumers made reservations for rebate vouchers online or on the phone. "Since this is a first-come, first-served program, we're suggesting that consumers act quickly," said California Energy Commission spokesman Adam Gottlieb
Energy Commission spokeswoman Susanne Garfield said “if consumers combine rebates from local utilities they can zero out the cost of a new air conditioner, then watch their power bills shrink over the summer”.

"It's not enough for it to have an Energy Star sticker, it has to meet the California standards which are stricter," she said. "With the rebate on top of that, it's not a bad price," she said. "Ours is 10 years old and it doesn't dry clothes so well anymore. Getting rid of it goes both ways we're helping the environment and we get money back too. Her husband Jorge said. "I didn't even know we were in the market, But she did the research and she says it's the right time to buy.

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