Using federal stimulus money, the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office will begin giving out $18 million in rebates on April 19 to homeowners who buy new energy-efficient appliances or make other energy improvements to their homes.
The rebates will be available on a first-come-first-served basis until the money is gone.
And, while there probably won’t be any of those predawn mob scenes the morning-after-Thanksgiving sales trigger, Energy Office Director Tom Plant expects the rebate money for energy-efficient appliances to disappear quickly -- within days or perhaps even within a few hours.
Rebates for other energy improvements probably will be available for a longer time, but Plant wouldn’t hazard a guess about how long that would be. “Well, we’re gonna see,” he said.
The rebates will be for Energy Star-rated clothes washers ($75), dish washers ($50), refrigerators ($50 or $100 with proof the old one has been properly recycled), water heaters ($200, $300 for gas-powered tankless heaters) and furnaces ($500). Refrigerators must be at least 12 cubic feet in size and furnaces must have a 92 percent or greater efficiency rating.
Rebates will also be available for residential insulation and air sealing, duct sealing, energy audits and energy monitors and for installation of both residential and commercial solar and wind energy systems.
Appliance rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office can be combined with other rebates or discounts. Some of the other rebates are limited by rebates from other sources.
The Governor’s Energy Office estimates some homeowners will be able to buy new appliances for discounts of 40 to 60 percent with sales and rebates from various sources. For example, Sears will be offering 30 percent off Energy Star washers and refrigerators in a nationwide sale that overlaps with the beginning of the state rebate offer. Xcel Energy offers rebates on energy-efficient appliances that will be matched by the City of Aurora for its residents. And the Denver Water Department offers rebates on water-efficient clothes washers.
Detailed information about the rebates and other home-energy improvements will be available beginning April 19 on a new state-operated Recharge Colorado Web site (www.rechargecolorado.com) and a companion call center (1-800-462-0184). The Web site and call center both become active on April 19, but aren't available before then.
Governor’s Energy Office Director Tom Plant discusses the Recharge Colorado campaign:
Manager Mike Amaral of the Sears store in Denver’s Cherry Creek area discusses his company’s upcoming appliance sale and its designation as the EPA’s 2010 Energy Star Retail Partner of the Year.
Peter Narog, consumer energy efficiency marketing manager for Xcel Energy, and Karen Hancock, environmental program supervisor for the city of Aurora, discuss their rebates on energy-efficient appliances and other energy improvements.