Appliance rebate not done this month

    The program Energize Delaware which would offer rebates washing machine rebates and other energy efficient appliances won’t end this month as previously announced.

    The ability to take advantage of  Energize Delaware‘s washing machine rebates won’t end this month as previously announced. If you’ve been considering replacing your washer you now have until August to consider your purchase.

    Rebates of up to $75 are being offered on qualifying ENERGY STAR clothes washers are a part of the rebate.

    A clothes washer with the ENERGY STAR label can cut the appliance’s electricity use by one-third and water use by one-half. ENERGY STAR has a savings calculator to show how much you save in the long run by buying a more efficient washer.

    Other appliances, including gas water heaters are eligible for rebates through the end of August, unless funding for the program is depleted sooner. Gas water heaters can qualify for up to a $200 dollar rebate.

    Lists of eligible models, as well as rebate forms are available online at http://www.energizedelaware.org/residential/appliance-rebate-program.

    As of March 15th, the program has given out over 7100 rebates to over 6700 people. Those purchases will save Delaware residents nearly $150,000 and avoid over 1.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

    The program is currently funded by the national stimulus package, which was signed into law February 2009. Delaware received nearly $840,000 for the project and has distributed just over $100,000, according to Becky Fleischauer, a spokeswoman for Energize Delaware.

    While Delaware’s rebates aren’t as large as some other states, it can help more consumers and “should provide immediate benefits of providing broader energy efficiency, helping cash strapped consumers, and providing a boost to the local economy” Fleishcauer said.

    She added that states with big rebates are only likely to see a “short term, quick economic lift and limited energy savings.”

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