March 31st, 2010 5:38 PM by Sherry Lee
Florida’s ENERGY STAR appliance rebate program will focus on replacing products in the Florida home that provide the state with the most energy and water savings and that are not already covered by a state or large utility program. Products eligible for Florida’s rebate program are only new appliances purchased in the State of Florida for personal use by the consumer. Florida will offer a 20 percent rebate off the retail price of a new qualified ENERGY STAR appliance. Rebates only apply to the purchase of the appliance and not to delivery or installation costs. Rebates shall be available only for the following ENERGY STAR certified appliances and products: gas tank-less water heaters, clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air-conditioners and freezers. This program is available to all Florida residents through a mail-in rebate application and will launch April 16, 2010, and conclude April 25, 2010. It is timed to coincide with Florida’s Earth Day Activities. Florida will hire a third-party program administrator to handle the rebate process and to capture the needed metrics associated with the program. All advertising and marketing for the rebate program will be undertaken by our program partners.
While customers are encouraged to replace more than one appliance, they may only receive rebates on the purchase of one of each type of ENERGY STAR appliance per address. In additional to the rebate for purchasing the ENERGY STAR appliance, consumers will also receive an additional $75 if they provide evidence of having recycled the old appliance. That evidence may consist of a statement on the retailer receipt indicating pick-up of the old appliance or a receipt from the local public or private landfill of delivery of the old appliance.
Which appliances qualify for theENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program?
Florida will offer rebates on the following six (6) ENERGY STAR appliances: (1) Refrigerators, (2) Freezers, (3) Washing machines, (4) Dishwashers, (5) Room air conditioners, and (6) Gas tank-less hot water heaters. These six appliances were selected because they offer consumers in the state the largest energy and water savings and there are no other state rebate programs on these particular appliances.
How do I apply for the rebate?
The rebate application is not available yet. More information will be available in April prior to the start of the program.
Where do I mail the rebate to?
In April, prior to the start of the program, we will post a website dedicated to this program to provide more information. It will include at a minimum what steps you must follow to secure a reservation, where to find the application, where to mail the application, and what information you need to provide.
Can I purchase my ENERGY STAR appliance online?
No. The program rule clearly states that the new ENERGY STAR appliance must be purchased from a retail store in Florida and no online purchases will be accepted. Gas tank-less hot water heaters are generally not sold in stores and must be purchased from your Florida gas utility or a Florida licensed plumber.
Am I guaranteed a rebate if I purchase an appliance during the program open period?
No guarantee of a rebate is given. Several states have already launched their programs and we have learned that the best way to manage consumer expectations relating to this program is by instituting a reservation system. The details are being worked out and more information will be released in April prior to the star of the program. The purpose of this reservation system is to give you an indication as to whether you will receive a rebate or not. If you are not fortunate enough to secure one of the approximately 66,000 rebate reservations, we would still encourage you to take advantage of the sales on appliances that will be offered during the week of April 16 through 25, 2010.
What is the purpose of this program?
The United States Congress approved the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program to assist consumers in replacing their old energy inefficient appliances for ones that use less energy and water. This program was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is designed to stimulate the economy by encouraging consumers to purchase new appliances. Purchasing new appliances will help create jobs for appliance manufacturers and retail stores. The program also encourages consumers to save energy, and to lower their monthly bills through the use of a more efficient appliance.
What is so special about ENERGY STAR appliances?
To qualify for the ENERGY STAR label an appliance must meet rigorous energy efficiency and water efficiency standards set by the Federal government. These appliances use less energy and less water than regular appliances and thus help consumers save money each month on their utility bills.
Who can apply for these rebates?
Anyone residing in the state of Florida may purchase an appliance for their personal use in their home.
I own an apartment building, why can’t I qualify for these rebates?
We represent a condo association, why do we not qualify for these rebates?
The Guidance Documents provided to the state by the United States Department of Energy were very specific that the program is intended for personal use in a residence and is not to be used for commercial purchase. They believe that commercial business owners have other opportunities to save money at retailers that are not available to regular consumers.
When will the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program occur?
To qualify for the rebate the ENERGY STAR appliance must be purchased during the time period from April 16 through April 25, 2010. There are no retroactive rebates.
Why are you waiting until April 2010 to run theENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program?
We are waiting until April 2010 at the request of the appliance manufacturers and retail stores. Because the economy has been in a slump many manufacturers have had to cut back on production and many retailers have reduced their inventory. With every state in the United States offering this ENERGY STAR appliance rebate the manufacturers and retailers need time to ramp up production and stock the stores before the program launch date.
Why is the program only 10 days long?
Based on our nation’s experience with the Cash for Clunkers program, the retailers and manufacturers have requested we limit the time of the initial program to ensure those who really want to take advantage of this program have the opportunity to do so. If there is money left over, another smaller rebate program will be offered six months later.
How much of a rebate will I receive for each appliance?
The rebate will be 20% of the purchase price before taxes. The total amount of rebates and recycling fees that a residential address may receive is capped at $1,500.
How many appliances can I receive a rebate on?
Consumers may receive a rebate on the purchase of one of each type of appliance. They can receive a rebate on each appliance if they purchase 1 refrigerator, 1 washing machine, 1 dishwasher, 1 freezer, 1 room air conditioner, and 1 gas tankless water heater.
What do I have to do to prove I purchased the appliance?
You must submit an original purchase receipt. Most stores will provide you with two receipts, one to save for warranty work and the other to use for the rebate.
Is this program like the automobile cash for clunkers where I have to turn in my old appliance?
No, you are not required to trade in your old appliance to receive the rebate, however, we strongly encourage you to do so and we will pay you an additional $75 per appliance on top of your rebate if you do. On the same rebate application there will be a section to indicate that you wish to take advantage of the recycling bonus. You must also provide evidence of having recycled your old appliance by providing a receipt from your retailer indicating that they will deliver your new appliance and take away and recycle your old appliance. Or you may take your old appliance to any certified landfill in the state of Florida and get a receipt from them indicating the type of appliance you are recycling, the serial number, the date it was delivered, and their signature as confirmation.