News Release 476

Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program to launch in April 2010

$5.6 million to be available for rebates that target heating, cooling and water heating systems

Volume 37-476 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 9, 2009 -- The U.S. Department of Energy today approved the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' plan for a new Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program, which will begin in the spring of 2010. The department will implement the program using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or Recovery Act.

The program will help Missourians buy appliances at lower costs, reduce home utility expenses and benefit Missouri businesses by stimulating sales of energy efficient appliances. The Department of Natural Resources plans to launch the program concurrent with Missouri's second annual "Show Me Green Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday," which begins on April 19, 2010.

The Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program will provide Missouri citizens a rebate when they purchase a qualified ENERGY STAR gas furnace, air source heat pump, central air conditioner, clothes washer, dishwasher or one of many qualifying kinds of water heaters, including solar water heating equipment.

U.S DOE will provide a total of more than $5.6 million in federal funding to Missouri for the rebates. The Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center. Each state and U.S territory was allowed to design its own unique rebate program and select eligible products and rebate amounts.

"A Missouri household can save more money and energy by replacing inefficient heating, cooling and water-heating equipment than any other appliances in the home," said DNR Director Mark Templeton. "More than half of a typical home's energy bill generates from inefficient appliances such as those the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program will cover."

Rebates will be for the following items and amounts

Now that the U.S. DOE has approved Missouri's program plan, the state will select a contractor to manage and implement the program. A consumer information line, eligibility criteria and instructions for applying for rebates will be established and announced once the implementation contractor has been selected.

Interested Missouri residents should also check with their utility providers for other rebates that may be available for these appliances as well as for other ENERGY STAR appliances not included in Missouri's program. Many utility companies offer rebates for purchasing energy efficient home appliances and equipment. When other utility rebates or incentives exist, the addition of the new Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate will increase the total amount a Missouri household may receive for replacing their qualified appliances or systems. In areas of the state where utility-based rebates are not offered, the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate will stand alone.

The Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates program requires homeowners to purchase ENERGY STAR qualified appliances to be eligible for the rebate program. The ENERGY STAR rating requires appliances to have certain minimum energy efficiencies before they can qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. Rebates will be based on documentation of the purchase and other eligibility criteria. Rebates will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and will be discontinued when the rebate fund has been exhausted. The program will not be retroactive, so to be eligible for rebates any purchases must be made after the 2010 starting date of the program.

For more information about the ENERGY STAR rating system, and for a list of ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and equipment, visit the website energystar.gov.

Information and updates on Energize Missouri Appliance Rebates are available on DNR's Web page at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirebate.htm.

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