News Release 181

Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program begins April 19
Department announces new website and toll-free line

Volume 38-181 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 31, 2010 – Is that old water heater taking money out of your pocket? Is the air conditioning unit that strains and struggles to keep up during the summer heat taking all the dollars out of your vacation fund?

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a solution: Swap out that old, energy-eating appliance for a new, energy-efficient appliance. Starting April 19, the state has $5.6 million for Missouri residents who want to reduce their energy bills.

Additional information about the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program is now available online at and through a toll-free consumer information line at 877-541-4848. The consumer information line will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday through Friday. 

The Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program will launch April 19. It is designed to maximize rebate eligibility and features a reservation system that will allow residents to reserve rebates in three different ways:

  1. Through a participating local retailer or installation contractor at the point of purchase, beginning April 19.
  2. Online via the program’s website, beginning April 21.
  3.  Via the toll-free phone number, beginning April 21.

The program will roll out in two phases. Phase one begins April 19, when rebate reservations will be available only through local appliance retailers and installation contractors that have signed up to participate in the program. Participating retailers and installation contractors will be able to reserve rebates when qualified residents purchase a qualified appliance. Upon completion of the sales transaction, retailers and contractors will provide purchasers with a rebate application form that contains a unique reservation number. Missouri residents will be able to claim their rebate funds by mailing this form in along with their proof of purchase and recycling.

A limited amount of rebates will be set aside for the second phase of the program which starts April 21 and runs until all rebate funds have been exhausted. During phase two, residents will be able to reserve rebates online or via a toll-free phone number in addition to reserving through retailers and installation contractors. Residents will be able to reserve their rebate either before or after they purchase their qualifying appliance. They will be provided with a reservation form that contains a unique reservation number and will be able to claim their rebate by mailing this form in along with their proof of purchase and recycling.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Consumers will qualify for a rebate when they meet all of the following conditions:

Appliances must be purchased after the April 19 commencement of the program. Appliances purchased prior to the start of the program will not 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 rebates funding is depleted. The following ENERGY STAR rated appliances will qualify for rebates:

Appliance Categories

Rebate Amount

Category 1 – Space Heating:

Gas Furnaces



Category 2 – Space Cooling:

Central Air Conditioning

Air Source Heat Pumps




Category 3 – Water Heating:

Water Heaters – Gas (gas storage or gas tankless)

Water Heaters – Electric Heat Pump

Water Heaters – Solar (gas or electric backup)





Category 4 – Clothes Washers:

Clothes Washers



Category 5 - Dishwashers:

Dishwashers (tabletop models not included)



Appliance retailers and installation contractors who wish to participate in the rebate program and assist customers with the reservation of rebates must register with the program. Those interested in registering can do so online at or by calling 877-233-1682.

The April 19 launch is scheduled to begin in conjunction with the “Show Me Green” ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, which runs from April 19-25.

To learn more about the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, please visit