For Immediate Release
December 15, 2010
Additional Funds Added to
Texas Appliance Mail-In Rebate Program
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Comptroller's office is adding more money to the upcoming ENERGY STAR® appliance mail-in rebate program to allow more Texans to take advantage of rebates. An additional $8.5 million is being added to the initial $10 million. The money is from unused public sector energy efficiency funds transferred from the State Energy Program to the rebate program. All funds are part of the federal stimulus program.
The purchase period for the $18.5 million Texas Appliance Mail-In Rebate Program begins next week. Consumers can start buying appliances on Dec. 20 and, after installation, mail in a completed rebate application form and a copy of the receipt to apply for the rebates. The mail-in rebate program will remain open until the available funds are distributed.
The rebate application form is available to download and print in advance at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org. This is the fastest way for consumers to get a form. A link to the form has also been forwarded to retailers to assist customers at stores. If needed, Texans can also pick up a form at Comptroller field offices around the state. A list of field offices is available at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/fieldoff.html. Lastly, consumers who cannot download a form can call a recorded customer information line at (855) 556-1312 and leave a message to have a form mailed to their home. It is not necessary to have the application form at the time of purchase but is needed at the time of installation and disposal/recycling for signatures.
Rebate applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis based on the postmark on the rebate application envelope. Both the appliance purchase receipt and the postmark on the envelope submitting the rebate application form must be dated on or after Dec. 20, 2010.
Consumers who buy an ENERGY STAR® appliance must replace and dispose of an old appliance of the same type to be eligible for a rebate. An additional $75 rebate is available for recycling the old appliance. Proof of disposal or recycling is required on the rebate application. Answers to frequently asked questions and other helpful consumer information are available at www.TexasPowerfulSmart.org.
Rebates are as follow:
|Eligible ENERGY STAR® Appliances||Rebate Amount|
|Air-Source Heat Pumps||$1,000|
|Central Air Conditioners||$1,000|
|Room Air Conditioners||$40|
* Modified Energy Factor 2.0 or greater and Water Factor 6.0 or less
** 14.5 cubic feet or greater
*** As of Sept. 1, 2010, qualifying ENERGY STAR criteria for water heaters was upgraded; only those appliances that meet this current standard will be eligible for this program.
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