NYS Appliance Rebate Program Goes to Wait-List in Two Days

An appliance rebate program announced by New York State offering up to $350 toward the purchase of energy efficient Energy Star washing machines and $250 toward Energy Star washing machines received in two days applications for the entire $3,500,000 allotted for the rebates. The program began on September 2 and was filled up on September 4.
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority's (NYSERDA) "Buy Green, Save New York State High Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program," is now accepting wait list applications. Their website  says that "our experience has shown that not all applications submitted by applicants are followed by the required submission of a complete and valid hard copy application and required receipts" so more applicants will be accepted from the waiting list.
In addition to Energy Star status, the rebated equipment needs to be CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency) Tier 2 or Tier 3 rated, making them "super-efficient," saving an additional 10-20% energy savings for washers and 5-10% more energy savings for refrigerators . Refrigerators use up to 15% of total household energy expenditures. CEE Tier 2 and 3 rated appliances' efficiency is at the upper und of Energy Star qualifications.
A previous NYSERDA rebate program, the "New York State Great Appliance Swap-Out", which ran from February 2010 until funds ran out in March 2010 included rebates for freezers, dishwashers, and recycling. Instead in the new rebate program, "We're focusing on appliances where we can make the biggest energy efficiency gains" said Francis J. Murray, NYSERDA President and CEO. The "swap-out" provided over $16 million in rebates to 165,000 households, with the participation of over 1,000 retailers.
NYSERDA, is described in the rebate program announcement as “a public benefit corporation, [that] offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels."  The Authority has been active in providing innovative environmental protection since 1975. The rebate program is funded by the US Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, from funds available under the 2009 Recovery Act.

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