Rebates aim to encourage energy efficiency
CAPITAL REGION A new state rebate program aimed at getting New Yorkers to replace energy inefficient appliances begins today.
State officials announced last week that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has $3 million to provide to residents who purchase energy-efficient refrigerators and washing machines. The program will continue until the funding runs out.
Joe Martin, sales manager for John D. Marcella and Sons Appliance and Home Entertainment on Broadway in Schenectady, said this will be the fourth time they’ve participated in a NYSERDA rebate program.
“The first time it was big, but the next two times weren’t any different than our regular day-to-day business,” he said.
The store isn’t stocking extra supplies because of the lack of local interest in the past. But Martin said he hopes sales will increase this time around.
He also agrees with the environmental need to replace older appliance models.
According to Martin, the average top-load washer uses 50 to 60 gallons of water per use, while a front-loading Energy Star washer uses as little as 15 gallons per load.
“They’re just better,” he said.
Unlike like the “New York State Great Appliance Swap-Out” from last February, this program does not include rebates for freezers or dishwashers and does not include an additional rebate for recycling the old appliances. Also, the appliance must meet new Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) super-efficient standards. The appliances use significantly less electricity and water than older models and are the upper end of Energy Star efficiency levels.
Those opting to participate in the program may receive rebates of $350 for high-efficiency refrigerators and $250 for clothes washers.
The new rebate program is called the “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program” and is being paid for by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“We’re focusing on appliances where we can make the biggest energy efficiency gains,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr., in a news release. “Our last appliance rebate program helped consumers save money on energy costs and provided a needed boost to retailers across New York, while reducing the environmental impact of older appliances.”
Nearly 165,150 households participated in the previous rebate program, which began in February 2010 and was extended until the funds ran out in March of this year.
To receive the rebate, customers must submit an application either online or by calling the toll-free hot line at 877-NY-SMART and must mail in documentation of proof of purchase.
For more information, visit www.nyserda.org.