For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010
Media Contact: No Contact Available


Final phase of Cash for Appliances Rebates Ending
Rebates for Heating and Air Conditioning Systems and Water Heaters Ends December 31

What: The California Energy Commission is closing the final phase of the Cash for Appliances rebate program. Applications for water heaters and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems must be postmarked by December 31, 2010.

The Home Appliance program closed on December 6, 2010 which provided rebates for refrigerators, clothes washers, room air conditioners, dishwashers, and freezers.

Since April, more than 180,000 applications have been received and approximately less than $1 million is still available.

When: New applications for HVAC and water heater systems must be postmarked by December 31, 2010. Consumers that receive a request to correct their application must submit and postmark their supplemental information no later than 30 days from the postmark date of their letter.

Applications for HVAC and water heater systems postmarked after December 31, 2010 will be placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first serve basis.

Why: The program has less than $1 million remaining and is closing the program to control over-subscription of the funds.

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:

Consumers must work with a licensed California contractor for the installations of water heaters and heating and cooling units. Consumers should check with their local utility and the State of California Contractor's State License Board (CSLB) for lists of contractors in their area and How to Hire a Contractor:

How: Consumers are eligible for a rebate when they purchase a qualified high energy efficient appliance, water heater, or heating and cooling units, properly recycle their old appliance or system, and submit a complete application package. Instructions on how to complete an application for the California Cash for Appliances rebate is available at:

To check on the status of a rebate, consumers can use a new tool located on the homepage of the website at: A consumer must enter their unique tracking number or their last name, phone number, and type of appliance that was purchased.

Consumers who need to correct their rebate application can contact their retailer or contractor, call the toll-free number at: 1-888-390-4034, or e-mail the Energy Commission at:

Eligible energy efficient home appliances and rebate amounts were: refrigerators $200, clothes washers $100, dishwashers $100, freezers $50, and room air conditioners up to $50. Rebates for eligible water heaters are $300-$750, and eligible HVAC systems qualify for $500 to $1000.

The program notice can be viewed here:

Consumer Tips to Speed Rebate Processing:

  1. Read the Steps. Read the steps on rebate application and include all of the required supporting documentation.

  2. Fill out form completely and correctly. Do not leave any items blank on the application. Check the appropriate boxes and sign the application. For HVAC and Water Heaters a California licensed contractor will assist the consumer with the application.

  3. Be consistent. Make sure that the applicant's first and last name matches the name on the certificate of recycling and the name on the utility bill. Only one first and last name is required on the application. The Certificate of Recycling and Utility Bill are only required for Clothes Washers, Refrigerators, Room Air Conditioners, Freezers, and Dishwashers. HVAC and Water Heater applications must list the Certified Appliance Recyclers (CAR) name and CAR number.

  4. Recycle. Consumers must recycle their old appliance to receive a rebate. The Certificate of Recycling document must be included with the application. If a consumer is participating in their utility rebate program, the utility will provide the consumer with the required Cash for Appliances Certificate of Recycling. Consumers can also obtain the Certificate of Recycling from a platinum retailer, participating city of county governments haul away program, or a Certified Appliance Recycler. For information on how to properly recycle an old appliance, visit:

  5. Correct Postage. Affix proper postage before mailing your rebate application.

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