Energy Department to Release $300 Million for Appliance Purchases
Aug 26, 2009
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The U.S. Department of Energy will make available nearly US$300 million in funding for consumer purchases of new Energy Star-qualified home appliances through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The money will be awarded to states and territories, which will be required to submit a plan that specifies which Energy Star appliance categories will be included in their individual rebate programs, the rebate level for each product type, how the rebates will be processed, and how old appliances will be recycled. The Energy Department said that it anticipates that the vast majority of the fund will be awarded by Nov. 30.

Energy Star appliance categories eligible for rebates include central air-conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, furnaces, room air-conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.

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