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August 26, 2011

New appliance rebate program offered

— Effort promotes use of high-efficiency Energy Star refrigerators, washers

ALBANY — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering a $3 million rebate program for the purchase of high-efficiency Energy Star refrigerators and clothes washers.

The program starts Sept. 2 and will continue until funding runs out.

It will offer rebates of $350 for refrigerators and $250 for clothes washers that meet Consortium for Energy Efficiency super-efficiency levels. The appliances use much less electricity than federal standards, and the clothes washers use less water than standard units.

NYSERDA President and CEO Francis Murray Jr. said the rebate program focuses on appliances with the potential for the largest energy-efficiency gains.

"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," he said in a news release.

"We are very pleased that New York residents took full advantage of this program, which supported Gov. Cuomo's goals for improving New York state's environment and decreasing energy usage.

"We expect the new program to be just as successful."

Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, available on a special website that will be launched before Sept. 2 or by calling (877) 697-6278. Purchases made before Sept. 2 are not eligible for a rebate.

The Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program is supported by federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and approved for use in New York by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Unlike the previous New York State Great Appliance Swap-Out, which was held from February 2010 until funds ran out in March 2011, it doesn't provide rebates for freezers, dishwashers or recycling of old appliances.

The Great Appliance Swap-Out provided more than $16 million in rebates to $165,148 households, with 169,866 appliances replaced with 57,365 Energy Star-certified appliances. In the North Country, that included 2,551 appliances purchased without a recycling rebate and 4,222 with a recycling rebate.

Energy Star appliances are up to 35 percent more efficient than standard models.

For more information about super-efficient appliances, visit www.cee1.org.

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