Energy Star rebates available
Consumers have another chance to save on the purchase of energy efficient major home appliances with the reopening of the N.C. ENERGY STAR Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program now.
Consumers will not only save money on appliance purchases, but also cut energy costs by replacing older, less-efficient models. Appliances must be purchased Jan. 1 or after to qualify for rebates which will be based on funding to become available through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Consumers may go online or call a special telephone number to start the application process to receive their rebate. The link to the N.C. ENERGY STAR Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program can be found at www.energync.net. Look for the blue Energy Star logo. Consumers without Internet access may call 1-855-208-6242.
North Carolina’s appliance replacement and rebate program has been one of the nation’s most effective — distributing more than $10 million in rebates on the purchase of more than 75,000 energy efficient appliances.
In addition, a special appliance replacement grant program was instituted in September 2011 to help victims of Hurricane Irene. The Hurricane Appliance Replacement Program (HARP) provided more than $1 million in grants to assist in the purchase of more than 2,800 appliances in 38 counties that were designated for hurricane disaster relief.
Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and issued as funds become available. To be eligible for the rebate, consumers must be replacing older appliances with a new ENERGY STAR appliance and must provide information required by the U.S. Department of Energy. That information will include name, address, telephone number and electricity provider. In addition, people seeking rebates will need to provide the date the appliance was purchased, product price, name and location of the retailer, the type of product, the manufacturer and the model number.
Those applying online will receive a confirmation page which should be printed out, signed and mailed to the listed address, along with a copy of the sales receipt. That information must be sent within 15 days of applying for the rebate. Consumers applying for rebates by telephone will be mailed the confirmation sheet and must return it by the listed date. Rebates will be sent in the form of a prepaid debit card that can be used toward purchases at stores that accept debit cards.
A list of appliances, Energy Star criteria and rebates appears below.
• Central air conditioner —Split SEER of 14.5 or more and EER of 12 or more. Single-package SEER of 14 or more and EER of 11 or more. Rebate: $300.
• Gas furnace —AFUE 90% or greater. Rebate — $300.
• Heat pumps — Air-Source split SEER of 14.5 or greater and EER of 12 or more. Air-Source packaged SEER of 14 or greater and EER of 11 or more. Ground-Source open loop EER of 16.2 or more. Ground-Source closed loop EER of 14.1 or more. Ground-Source DX EER of 15 or greater. Rebate: $300.
• Gas storage water heater — Energy Factor 0.67 or more. Rebate: $200.
• Gas tankless water heater — Energy Factor 0.82 or more. Rebate: $200.
• Heat pump water heater — Energy Factor 2.0 or more. Rebate: $300.
• Solar water heater (electric back-up) — Solar Fraction 0.5 or greater. Rebate: $200.
• Solar water heater (gas back-up) — Solar Fraction 0.5 or greater. Rebate: $200.
• Refrigerator — Energy Star-qualified. Rebate: $150.
• Clothes washing machine — Energy Star-qualified. Rebate: $100.
• Dishwashing machine —Energy Star-qualified. Rebate: $75.
• Freezer — Energy Star-qualified. Rebate: $50.