NY’s Cash for Appliances Program Kicks Off Today
New Yorkers looking to upgrade old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models may be eligible for rebates up to more than $500 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) beginning today.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the ‘Great Appliance Swap Out’ will be running through February 21st, or until the $17 million in federal funds being granted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are used up.
“This program will provide a tremendous incentive for consumers all across New York to reduce their energy consumption while providing an important stimulus to our economy, and helping to meet the State’s ’45 by 15′ clean energy goal,” New York Governor David Paterson said.
The state is learning from the mistakes of ‘Cash for Clunkers’, a federal program for enticing people to trade in their old gas guzzling automobile, which ran out of funds very quickly.
“Whenever someone downloads an application or someone calls up and has an application downloaded for them, we have a real-time counter on the website, so we’re really trying to avoid what happened this summer with cash for clunkers, where they go to buy an appliance and there’s no money left,” said Mark Michalski from NYSERDA.
The appliances qualifying for the rebates are as follows:
• Refrigerators: $75 ($105 with a receipt certifying that the old appliance was recycled)
• Clothes washers: $75 ($100 with recycling recipt)
• Freezers: $50 ($75 with recycling receipt)
• Dishwashers: Rebates are only available for dishwashers when purchased as part of a three appliance package of appliances. This bundled purchase will qualify for a $500 rebate ($555 with documented recycling).
Appliances must have the ENERGY STAR® label, meaning that they are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market.
Many appliance retailers across the state are trying to capitalize off the program by assisting customers through the rebate process and having the paperwork on hand to fill out.
“It is a win-win for consumers because it will reduce the cost of big ticket energy efficient appliances and help lower utility bills for years to come,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Chair of the NY Assembly Energy Committee.
For more information, visit the Great Appliance Swap Out website.