JEFFERSON CITY – The window of opportunity is closing soon for Missouri consumers to receive appliance rebates under the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program.
Beginning today, consumers will no longer be able to reserve rebates directly online or through a toll-free number. The remaining rebates will be available only through participating retailers and installation contractors that have signed up to participate in the program. Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all rebate funding is depleted.
Participating retailers and installation contractors will help qualified residents reserve a rebate when a qualified appliance is purchased. Retailers and contractors provide purchasers with a rebate application form that contains a unique reservation number. Missouri residents then claim rebate funds by mailing the form along with their proof of purchase and recycling.
Of the original $5.6 million in funds for the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, less than $574,000 remains available to consumers. More than 32,000 rebates have been claimed since the program began April 19.
A limited number of rebates are still available for ENERGY STAR qualified gas furnaces, air source heat pumps, central air conditioning, high-efficiency gas storage water heaters, clothes washers and dishwashers. Appliances bearing the ENERGY STAR label are designed to use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances, resulting in ongoing utility cost savings for the consumer.
Rebate amounts for each remaining qualifying appliance include the following: Gas furnaces, $250; central air conditioning, $200; air source heat pumps, $300; water heaters gas storage, $150; clothes washers, $125; dishwashers (tabletop models not included), $125.
The maximum total rebate program eligibility for each household is $1,300.
Additional information about the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program is available online at http://MissouriApplianceRebate.com.
To qualify for a rebate, consumers must meet all of the following conditions:
• Must be a resident of Missouri, 18 years of age or older
• Must own the property where the appliances will be install, with the exception of clothes washers. (Renters are eligible for clothes washer rebates.)
• Limited to one appliance per appliance category per address up to a total rebate of $1,300
• Purchased appliance must be ENERGY STAR rated and qualified.
• Must reserve the rebate and mail it along with all required support documentation within 60 days of making the reservation.
Appliances must have been purchased after April 19, 2010 to be eligible. New appliances must be a replacement for a comparable item and the old appliance must be recycled. Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all rebate funding is depleted.
Appliance retailers and installation contractors who wish to participate in the rebate program and assist customers with the reservation of rebates may still register with the program. Those interested in registering can do so online at http://retail.missouriappliancerebate.com or by calling 877-233-1682.
In addition to the Energize Missouri appliance rebates, consumers may also find additional savings or rebates available through their local utility company. Missourians who wish to contact local utilities to explore the availability of utility-based rebates or incentives from their electric or gas utility providers can visit the department’s list of providers on the Web at http://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2396.pdf.
Funding for the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, with its $5.6 million in funding, is part of a larger $300 million federal program aimed at energy conservation, energy efficiency and economic recovery funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.