Appliance Rebate Program Launching April 12

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The Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office has secured a rebate company to operate the State's $6.2 million appliance rebate program, and will launch the program on Monday, April 12.

On April 12, Arizonans will have the opportunity to obtain a reservation for a rebate online or by phone.

"Lessons from other states convinced us the reservation system is the best choice for this particular program due to its high demand," said Jim Arwood, director of the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office. "Just this week, two states launched their programs and rebate reservations were exhausted by mid-afternoon. We estimate up to 35,000 rebates will be issued in Arizona, and expect they will be reserved quickly."

This program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

(ARRA) of 2009, is designed to help consumers make the switch to Energy Star appliances, which are generally 15 to 50 percent more efficient than standard appliances.

Under Arizona's program, eligible appliances will be Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers and water heaters with rebates ranging from $75 to $425, depending on the purchase.

Consumers must first acquire a rebate reservation, and then will have a couple of weeks in which to complete the purchase of their qualified appliance and submit for the rebate. A waiting list will be established so that forfeited rebates are made available to Arizonans.

To plan for potential purchases, a list of rebate eligible appliances is

available at the Energy Office website: www.azcommerce.com/Energy/Rebate.

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