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Maryland Expands Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

campaignStarting July 30, Maryland residents will be able to get rebates in four more appliance categories in addition to existing rebates people can take for replacing inefficient home appliances, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced today.

The expanded Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, initially launched on Earth Day 2010, expands Friday to provide rebates to customers on a first-come, first-served basis for purchases of these ENERGY STAR appliances:

  • central air conditioning units ($500);
  • air source heat pumps ($500);
  • room air conditioners ($25); and
  • freezers ($100).

According to a July 26 press release, purchases or installations made on or after July 30, 2010, qualify. Rebates are also currently available for qualifying super-efficient clothes washers ($100), refrigerators ($50), and electric- heat-pump water heaters ($300).

“These additional rebates can be combined with rebates currently offered by electric utility providers throughout the state as part of our EmPOWER Maryland program, which calls for a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2015,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Program details, additional information, terms and conditions, and rebate forms are available at http://energy.maryland.gov.  Customers of Allegheny Power, BGE, Delmarva, Pepco, and SMECO can click on their utility’s Web site from MEA’s to get more information.

“We want as many Marylanders as possible to be able to benefit from this additional opportunity, especially over the summer while temperatures are hitting record highs across our state,” said MEA Director Malcolm Woolf. “If you need to replace your old, inefficient appliance, now is the time to take action.”

As of mid-June, state officials said, approximately $500,000 in rebates had been processed by the utilities and MEA, including 4,000 clothes washer rebates, 400 refrigerator rebates, and 200 water heater rebates. The Appliance Rebate Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will provide rebates directly to consumers in Maryland, the District, Virginia, and other states and jurisdictions through March of 2012, or until funds are exhausted.

For more information, visit http://energy.maryland.gov.
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