$442,000 in Rebates Now Available Through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources today announced the official re-launch of the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program effective immediately. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Rhode Island residents can apply for rebates on purchases of qualified energy efficient appliances and heating systems. Total funding for rebates is $442,000 and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Rebates range from $100 to $500. Approved applicants will receive a Visa® Prepaid card via mail.
The Office of Energy Resources originally launched the Appliance Rebate Program in March, with $882,000 in rebates available on a first come, first serve basis. During the first launch of the program, 2,961 rebates were redeemed for an average rebate of $171. The most common rebate issued was for dishwashers (1,309 rebates processed), with refrigerators the second most common with 1,278 rebates processed. The initial Appliance Rebate Program generated $2,968,603 in retail sales in Rhode Island, fetching $207,806 in state sales tax revenue.
The purposes of this program are to take energy inefficient kitchen appliances and heating systems out of use, encourage their recycling, and replace them with energy efficient appliances through direct consumer rebates. The Office of Energy Resources has contracted with Hegelson Enterprises, a third party contractor, to administer the program.
Rhode Island residents who replaced an existing appliance from an eligible category with a new ENERGY STAR qualified appliance at any time after March 25, 2010, and did not already receive a rebate for the appliance under the original program, may apply for the rebate. Purchases prior to this date and internet sales are not valid. To apply for the rebate, visit the program’s website at www.RIrebates.com or call 1-877-359-5795.
"The goal of this rebate program is to reduce energy consumption by replacing older, inefficient appliances with Energy Star qualified appliances," said Ronald Renaud, Executive Director of the Department of Administration and Office of Energy Resources. "The program will stimulate our local economy as appliances must be purchased from a Rhode Island dealer. The response to the initial appliance rebate program was tremendous. The re-launch will allow those people who may have purchased an Energy Star appliance but did not apply for or receive a rebate an opportunity to receive one, including many Rhode Islanders who had to replace appliances as a result of the floods."
Rhode Island residents who replace an existing appliance from an eligible category with a new ENERGY STAR qualified appliance at any time after March 25, 2010 may apply for the rebate. Purchases prior to this date and internet sales are not valid. For more information on the Office of Energy Resources and its available programs to Rhode Island residents, please visit www.energy.ri.gov.