For Immediate Release: March 19, 2012
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Consumers Cash In on $33 Million in Appliance Rebates
Federal Rebate Program Leveraged $5.5 Million for In-Kind Services


SACRAMENTO - With the conclusion of California's Cash for Appliances rebate program, California consumers received more than $33.5 million to replace inefficient appliances with more efficient ones. Statewide, more than 178,000 refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems were safely recycled and replaced with new high energy efficient models.

"Strong demand in this first-ever program resulted in our ability to ensure that every dollar from the federal government got into the pockets of Californians and into our statewide economy," said California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas. "When consumers replace their old, tired appliances with new energy efficient models, they will see savings on their utility bill almost instantly."

California received $35.2 million the largest national grant from the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. $33,521,450 was awarded for consumer rebates and $1.7 million was allocated to program administration. The amount was proportionate to each state's population.

To create statewide participation in the program, 182 California retailers, businesses, and utilities partnered with the Energy Commission and provided more than $5.5 million for in-kind services to promote the program. Ninety percent of the rebates resulted in purchases of major appliances including: refrigerators, clothes washers, room air conditioners, freezers, and dishwashers. Heating ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC) received nearly 10 percent of the program's share and less than one percent (87) went towards water heaters.

A majority of Californians purchased their appliance from an official Cash for Appliances retail partner (98 percent) versus a non-partner (2 percent). A list of partners and statistics is available at http://cash4appliances.org/consumers/results.html.

Saving California households money on monthly utility bills, boosting local economies, and providing energy savings from newer household appliances were all benefits from this one-time federal stimulus funding. More than 56 million kilowatt-hours per year are saved from the result of the rebated energy efficient appliances compared with non-ENERGY STAR® models. This is the equivalent of powering 1,000 homes annually.

Rebates for energy efficient household appliances ranged from $50 to $200; HVAC rebates ranged between $300 and$1,300. The amounts were: refrigerators ($200); clothes washers ($100); room air conditioners (up to $50); dishwashers ($100); freezers ($50); and water heaters ($300 to $750).

More rebate statistics are available at http://cash4appliances.org/consumers/results.html.

Consumers or contractors with questions about their rebates may check their status online: http://cash4appliances.org/consumers/status.html or e-mail the Energy Commission at: rebates@energy.state.ca.gov

To view national rebate results visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website at: www.energysavers.gov/financial/70022.html



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