For Immediate Release: July 16, 2010
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cash for Appliances PLUS
Rebate Program Expands with More Savings and Appliances

What: The California Cash for Appliances rebates program is adding more choices for Californians to save. The Energy Commission issued draft Guidelines that expands the Cash for Appliances rebate program to include high energy efficient dishwashers, freezers, water heaters, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The expanded program is California Cash for Appliances PLUS.

Consumers still have up to 120 days from the purchase date to submit their rebate application by mail.

Choices for eligible models include 273 clothes washers, 139 refrigerators, and 314 room air conditioners. A complete list of eligible models may be viewed here: www.cash4appliances.org/products/index.html.

To date, the Energy Commission has received more than 59,000 applications with approximately $19 million still available. A tracker is updated on the remaining amount of funds available at: www.cash4appliances.org.

When: The California Cash for Appliances PLUS rebate program proposal will be heard at the July 28 Business meeting. The meeting notice is here: www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/energystar/2010-07-28_Notice_to_Adopt_Revisions_to_SEEARP_Guideline.PDF

Consumers can begin to purchase from the new selection of appliances beginning on July 29 until funds are exhausted. Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. A tracker is updated on the remaining amount of funds available at: www.cash4appliances.org.

Why: : The Energy Commission is expanding consumer choices for high energy efficient appliances due to the continued availability of funds. The revised rebate program guidelines can be viewed here: www.energy.ca.gov/2009publications/CEC-400-2009-025/CEC-400-2009-025-CMF-REV4.PDF.

Who: The Energy Commission has partnered with more than 80 Platinum Retail Partners and more than 50 Official Partners to assist consumers with appliance purchases, recycling their old appliances and completing their application. A list of partners is available at: www.cash4appliances.org/partners/list.html.

How: Consumers are eligible for a rebate when they purchase a qualified high energy efficient appliance, properly recycle their old appliance, and submit a complete application package within 120 days of the appliance purchase. Instructions on how to complete an application for the California Cash for Appliances rebate is available here: www.cash4appliances.org/consumers/Rebate-Form.pdf

Eligible energy efficient appliances and rebate amounts available are: refrigerators $200, clothes washers $100, and room air conditioners up to $50. Proposed energy efficient appliance rebates include: dishwashers $100, freezers $50, water heaters $300-$750, and HVAC systems: $500-$1000.

For information on how to properly recycle an old appliance, visit: www.cash4appliances.org/consumers/recycle.html

Additional information is also available through retailer locations across the state and consumers can call the toll-free number for questions at: 1-888-390-4034.

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