Save Money, Energy With New Appliance Rebate

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The next time you need a washer, dishwasher or water heater, a new rebate program could shave as much $425 off the cost.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Arizona with more than $6.2 million for appliance rebates.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the program is designed to help consumers make the switch to Energy Star appliances, which are 15 to 50 percent more efficient than standard appliances.

Depending on the purchase, eligible Energy Star rebates range from $75 to $425.

“These purchases will not only save energy, but will also reduce water use, and that’s a great combination of savings for those of us who live in the arid Southwest,” said Energy Office Director Jim Arwood.

Setting up the statewide program with vendors is expected to take eight to 12 weeks. The program is anticipated to start in March and run through May, or until funds are gone.

“There’s no way to determine how long the rebates may last, as it will depend upon the consumer,” Arwood said.

A list of eligible appliances is available online at, www.azcommerce.com/Energy/Rebate or by calling (602) 771-1186.

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