Friday, February 12, 2010

Governor Paterson Announces "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out" to Provide $16.8 Million in Rebates

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that starting Friday, February 12, "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out" will begin providing $16.8 million in rebates to consumers all across New York State who purchase qualified energy efficient appliances through February 21. Using federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program will help consumers save money on energy costs by reducing their energy usage, and provide a needed boost to the economy.

"This program will provide a tremendous incentive for consumers all across New York to reduce their energy consumption while providing an important stimulus to our economy, and helping to meet the State's '45 by 15' clean energy goal," Governor Paterson said. "I want to thank President Obama and our entire Congressional Delegation for working to make this critical stimulus funding available to all New Yorkers."

Governor Paterson set the State's '45 by 15' clean energy goal in 2009, challenging the State to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs by 2015 through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is conservatively estimated that achievement of this goal will create 50,000 new jobs throughout the State.

Rebates for high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers, and freezers will range from $50-$105 for a single unit and up to $555 for the purchase of a three-appliance package of high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers, and dishwashers, provided on a first-come, first served basis. The program requires consumers to replace old appliances, and encourages recycling by offering a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will administer the program.

President and CEO of NYSERDA Francis J. Murray said: "New Yorkers have an unprecedented opportunity to save money on energy efficient appliances that could save them hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of this opportunity and to help New York achieve the ambitious energy efficiency goals that Governor Paterson has set for us."

Program Specifics

How Much You Can Receive:

Customers purchasing appliances may receive the following individual rebates:

• Refrigerators: $75 ($105 with documented recycling)

• Clothes washers: $75 ($100 with documented recycling)

• Freezers: $50 ($75 with documented recycling)

• Dishwashers: Rebates are only available for dishwashers when purchased as part of a three appliance package of CEE-rated appliances. This bundled purchase will qualify for a $500 rebate ($555 with documented recycling).

What Are the Energy Efficiency Requirements?

• Individual purchases: Appliances must have the ENERGY STAR® label, meaning that they are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market.

• Bundled purchases: A larger rebate will be paid to consumers purchasing three appliances that meet CEE standards. This can include a dishwasher, clothes washer, and refrigerator.

For consumer guidelines on this program, go to

Where do you find these appliances?

Appliances may be purchased at any location. NYSERDA works with more than 1,000 of retail partners to help promote the sale of ENERGY STAR Products. A list of these retail partners is attached.

NYSERDA also offers homeowners potential energy savings through "Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®" a program which offers home performance audits and financing for energy efficiency improvements. This program has helped more than 27,000 New Yorkers significantly cut their energy usage. More information about these and other energy-savings programs can be found on NYSERDA's web site at or from NYSERDA's consumer hotline at: 877-NY-SMART.

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