Weekly Feature

2011-09-14 / Business

State’s appliance rebate process reaches limit

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program,” which began Sept. 2, was so successful that all funds were allocated by 4 p.m. Sept. 4.

The wait list, to be served on a first-come first-served basis if additional funds become available, was closed at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. NYSERDA is no longer accepting applications for rebates.

NYSERDA initially announced $3 million was available in rebates on a first-come, first-served basis for high-efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers. Due to high demand, NYSERDA added another $500,000 during the weekend for a total of $3.5 million in available funding.

NYSERDA received a total of 14,642 applications, including 3,003 from consumers who were placed on a wait list.

Purchases were evenly split between refrigerators and clothes washers. Rebates of $350 were available for high-efficiency refrigerators and $250 for high-efficiency clothes washers that met Consortium for Energy Efficiency super-efficiency levels (tiers 2 and 3).

Consumers who have completed an online or phone application are urged to mail their application with the original receipt to the processing center as soon as possible.

To check the status of an application, go to www.nysappliancerebates.com or call the program hotline at 1-877-NY-SMART.

“We are very pleased at the enormous interest in the purchase of higher efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers, which use significantly less electricity and water than standard machines,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA. “In addition, this program gave a boost to appliance retailers across the state.”

Funding for the “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program” was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

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