Energize Missouri Appliance Program helps homeowners upgrade, lower utility bills

Real Estate Sales Representative with SCHNEIDER Real Estate

The new rebate incentive replaces inefficient appliances with those that use less energy and water.

With spring coming along nicely, all kinds of government programs to help both homebuyers and sellers, and the variety of green options available, here’s one more reason to increase your home’s market value and practice conservation. Beginning April 19, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy begins the Energize Missouri Appliance Program, offering consumers rebates on a selected variety of ENERGY STAR® new appliances.

To receive the rebate, consumers must buy ENERGY STAR® appliances at participating retail locations or through contractors and provide proof of recycling or haul away of the older, less energy efficient appliances. Appliances eligible for rebates include dishwashers, $75; clothes washers, $75; gas condensing water heaters, $150; Gas storage water heaters, $100; gas tankless water heaters, $100; electric pump water heaters, $150; solar water heaters, $500; gas furnaces, $125; central air conditioners, $100; and air source heat pumps, $250.

These rebates can be combined with federal energy tax credits and any manufacturers’ rebates.

Not only do the rebates help consumers reduce energy consumption and cost, but the program is designed to help create jobs for appliance manufacturers and retail stores.

The state of Missouri received $5.67 million from Recovery Act funds for program participation, which will continue as long as the state has money to support the program, or until the February 2012 expiration date.

Written by Myra Vandersall


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