Arkansas Energy Office announces increased ENERGY STAR® appliance rebate amounts

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), today announced an increase in rebate amounts for the ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program. The new rebate amounts are effective immediately and will apply to those who have already received a rebate through the program. The ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

The new rates will increase the rebate for ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerators to $275.00 from $125.00.  On ENERGY STAR® clothes washers to $225.00 from $175.00.  And on certain ENERGY STAR® water heaters $300 from $200.00.

 

“We realize these ENERGY STAR® appliances are premium products and we want to ensure Arkansans are taking advantage of this program,” said Chris Benson, director of the Arkansas Energy Office. “The purchase of these appliances will reduce monthly energy bills, saving Arkansas families money. Rebates are awarded on a first come, first serve basis until expended so I encourage anyone interested to act now.”

 

The AEO decided to revise the rebate amounts as a way to encourage the purchase of higher efficiency appliances and help offset their premium costs.

 

The program was initially funded with a total of $2.74 million.

 

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. 

For more information on the program, visit www.arkansasenergy.org or www.AR.State-Rebate.com.  Those interested can also call 1-877-883-8510 with any questions.  ###