Cooling ENERGY STAR Appliances Added to Maryland Rebate Program
The Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program has been expanded to include rebates in four additional appliance categories, each related to cooling. These rebates, overseen by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), encourage residents to replace outdated, inefficient appliances in their homes with ENERGY STAR-rated equivalents, delivering financial savings directly to consumers and energy savings to the state energy grid.
Newly added appliances eligible for rebates, available on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts are for the following ENERGY STAR appliances:
- central air conditioning units ($500)
- air source heat pumps ($500
- room air conditioners ($25)
- freezers ($100)
Purchases or installations made on or after July 30, 2010 will qualify for these rebates.
Rebates are already in effect for the following qualifying appliances:
- super-efficient clothes washers ($100)
- refrigerators ($50)
- electric heat pump water heaters ($300)
“Together with the current Maryland Appliance Rebate Program, the addition of these four appliances ensures that more Marylanders will benefit from energy-efficient appliances and stimulates the contracting and retail industries that are currently suffering as a result of the ongoing recession,” remarked Governor Martin O’Malley. “These additional rebates can be combined with rebates currently offered by electric utility providers throughout the state as part of our EmPOWER Maryland program, which calls for a 15% reduction in energy consumption by 2015.”
Program details, additional information and terms and conditions as well as rebate forms are available at http://energy.maryland.gov.
Customers of Allegheny Power, BGE, Delmarva, Pepco and SMECO can click on the link to their utility’s website from MEA’s webpage to get program details, additional information and terms and conditions.
Please note that ARRA/MEA rebates are available for a limited time, based on funding availability. ARRA/MEA rebates will be processed in the order they are received until funding runs out. Applications that are fully completed and include all required information will be processed first. Incomplete or incorrectly filled-in applications will delay processing and reduce or eliminate chances of receiving a rebate. All rebates will be paid directly to consumers .MEA will notify the public when funds dip below 25% remaining via the energy administration’s website and through the media.
For more information, visit http://energy.maryland.gov.