News Release 250

Consumers continue to take advantage of the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, “Show-me Green” ENERGY STAR® sales tax holiday

Volume 38-250 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka
573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 22, 2010 – More than 80 percent of the funds reserved for the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate are still available to consumers, giving Missourians more opportunities to save when they exchange certain existing household appliances for energy efficient ones.

If Missourians purchase those appliances before the end of the day on April 25, they can also take advantage of a state sales tax holiday for energy efficient appliances and save 4.22 percent off the purchase on top of any rebates.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is providing appliance rebates from $75 to $500 with a maximum amount of $575 to Missouri residents who purchase ENERGY STAR appliances. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are designed to use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances, resulting in savings for the consumer, as well as reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants.

Missouri designed the program to launch during the “Show-me Green” ENERGY STAR sales tax holiday to help residents maximize their savings. Consumers who wish to take advantage of the rebate program and the state sales tax holiday must purchase the ENERGY STAR appliances between April 19-25 in participating retail and installation contractor businesses.      

In addition to the rebates, and sales tax holiday, consumers may also qualify for additional savings or rebates 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 provides on the Web at dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2396.pdf.

After reviewing the rebates reserved during the first day, it became apparent there was greater than anticipated demand for dishwashers and clothes washers.  In an effort to address this demand, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has reallocated a number of rebates into the two categories.  The total number of rebates increased by approximately 10 percent after the department completed this reallocation, although the total amount of funds for the overall program remains the same.

Consumers may continue to visit participating appliance retailers and installation contractors to reserve rebates or they may reserve rebates online at MissouriApplianceRebate.comor call toll-free to 877-541-4848 before making their purchase. Limited numbers of rebates are reserved for the online and phone reservation system.  Retailers and installation contractors can help residents navigate through the program to reserve a rebate.

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.

For more information on the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program, visit the Web at MissouriApplianceRebate.com or call the toll-free consumer information line at 877-541-4848 or visit a participating appliance retailer or installation contractor today!

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