State energy efficient appliance rebate program begins April 19

Press Release

ADECA Establishes Web Site for Rebates

MONTGOMERY— Starting April 19, Alabamians replacing certain types of old appliances with new Energy Star-labeled models may be eligible for substantial rebates. The Alabama Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate program will run until May 9 or until applications exceed the available funds.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs has established a website, , where Alabamians can reserve a rebate.

A toll-free number will be announced soon. Rebate reservations will not be accepted before April 19, and appliances purchased prior to that date are not eligible for rebates.

The Web site provides additional information for consumers and retailers.

The program will give rebates of $25 for room air conditioners, $50 for freezers, $75 for dishwashers, $100 for clothes washers and $150 for standard-size refrigerators. A total of about $4.1 million will be available for the rebates which are funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"By taking advantage of the appliance rebate program, Alabamians will save money, give a boost to local retailers and conserve natural resources," ADECA Director Doni Ingram said. "I encourage Alabamians to act quickly starting April 19 so they do not miss this opportunity."

Consumers who reserve their rebates will have 15 days to purchase a qualified appliance from a retailer in Alabama and mail the rebate application form and purchase validation. Internet purchases will not qualify for rebates.

The program is open to Alabamians age 18 and older and will be limited to one rebate per appliance type and no more than two rebates per household. Approved applicants will receive a Visa prepaid card by mail. The cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted.

In addition to upfront savings through the rebate program, consumers who purchase Energy Star-labeled appliances also will save in energy costs needed to operate the appliance. Appliances with the Energy Star label meet strict federal energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Similar energy-efficient appliance rebate programs have been popular with residents in several other states.

In Iowa, all rebate funds were reserved within 24 hours of the start of the program, according to Minnesota and Rhode Island fulfilled rebate allotments within 48 hours of the start of their programs.

Source: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs