Appliance Rebate Program to re-open due to heightened interest

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), today announced the ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program will re-open with  an additional $2.4 million in funds. The program is open immediately and will also apply to those who made a qualifying purchase during the days when the program temporarily ceased. The ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

The rebate for ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerators is $275.00, the rebate for ENERGY STAR® clothes washers is $225.00, and the rebate on certain ENERGY STAR® water heaters is $300.00.

"Arkansans have shown an overwhelming interest in the Appliance Rebate Program and we are excited that we are able to continue it," said AEDC Executive Director Maria Haley. "These appliances directly benefit Arkansas families by reducing monthly energy bills."

More than 17,000 rebates, a total of $4.1 million, have been awarded in Arkansas since the program's inception earlier this year. The addition of $2.4 million will provide approximately 10,000 rebates, taking total funding for the project to $6.5 million.

Due to the appliances replaced through Arkansas's Appliance Rebate Program, the state is expected to save approximately 3.4 million kilowatt hours and 115 million gallons of water this year.

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.