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Appliance Rebate Program to Start in South Carolina March 31

New program web site offers tool to find rebates

South Carolina residents planning to purchase new, energy efficient appliances will be eligible to receive rebates ranging from $50 to $500 starting March 31, 2010 through the state’s portion of the federal stimulus program.

The rebates for new Energy Star certified refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters and other appliances are funded by South Carolina’s share of the $300 million in federal stimulus funds being distributed to each state for appliance rebates. A total of $3.9 million will be available inSouth Carolinafor rebates.

The Energy Office also launched a new tool which will helpSouth Carolinaresidents participate in the federal appliance rebate program, locate participating retailers and contractors and learn more about energy efficiency.

The web site, includes more information about the program which will begin March 31, 2010 and continue until all funds are exhausted.

“We hope this web site will be a useful tool that will enableSouth Caroliniansto locate a retailers and contractors participating in the program,” said John Clark, Director of the Energy Office. “In addition, the web site will serve as a resource to citizens as they learn more about energy efficiency.”

As retailers and contractors sign up with the Energy Office to participate, they will be added to a list which will be available to the public on the web site. Individuals interested in receiving rebates should be able to find these participating locations and contractors starting in February.

For appliances bought in a store, the rebate will be applied instantly when the customer goes to the register. Installers of whole-house equipment such as water heaters and HVAC systems will reserve rebates online and then provide customers with mail-in forms. An electronic system will track each rebate issued. Rebates will not apply to online purchases or purchases made prior to March 31, 2010.

Rebate levels were determined based upon the cost difference between a standard and an Energy Star appliance. Energy Star qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–15 percent less energy and water than standard models.

Customers who purchase a new appliance must turn in the old item. Stores and contractors participating in the rebate program must agree to recycle all old appliances in accordance with standard industry practice. Recycling is required to ensure that inefficient appliances are removed from the power grid.

The following list details the amount of a rebate you could earn:

* Clothes washers $100

* Dishwashers $50

* Refrigerators $50

* Room Air Conditioning Units $50

* Central Air Conditioning Units $200

* Heat Pump $500

* Gas Furnace $500

* Gas-Condensing Water Heater $400

* Electric Heat Pump Water Heater $400

* Hi-Efficiency Gas Storage Water Heater $100

* Hi-Performance Gas Storage Water Heater $200

* Gas Tankless Water Heater $400

* Solar Electric Water Heater $400

* Solar Gas Water Heater $400

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