Thursday, December 23, 2010

Appliance rebate program begins

Updated: Monday, 20 Dec 2010, 4:47 AM CST
Published : Monday, 20 Dec 2010, 4:47 AM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Beginning Monday morning Texans can save hundreds of dollars by buying ENERGY STAR? appliances. The goal with the mail-in rebate program is to encourage more Texans to conserve energy by having more energy efficient appliances.

The Texas Comptroller’s office is using $10 million left over from April's rebate program and adding an additional $8.5 million dollars to the mail-in rebate program this time around since it was so popular.

Those who tried to take part in the program back in April might remember the money was gone within the day and the state's website crashed. State officials said this time around they have taken measures to prevent that from happening.

Some of the items included in the ENERGY STAR? rebate program:

-Air-Source Heat Pumps

-Central Air Conditioners

-Clothes Washers




-Room Air Conditioners

-Water Heaters

Those who purchase an ENERGY STAR? appliance must replace and get rid of an old appliance of the same type to be eligible for a rebate. An additional $75 rebate is available for recycling the old appliance if you have proof of disposing it or recycling it on the rebate application.

To qualify for a rebate go to and print out the application. The receipt for the product must be dated starting December 20th and the rebates are on a first come first serve basis.

Two rebates are allowed per household and that includes the April rebate program.

In addition, appliances must be purchased at a store in Texas - online sales do not count.

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