Senator Bob Deuell

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April 7, 2010
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CAPITOL UPDATE

Texas Offering Rebates on New Appliances

The Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program will issue rebates to Texans replacing certain old appliances

AUSTIN — For those looking to save money and conserve energy, the Texas Comptroller's office today started offering substantial rebates to state residents for replacing certain older appliances with new ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. Eligible appliances include but are not limited to refrigerators, dishwashers and water heaters, and must be bought in-store at a Texas retailer between April 16 and April 25, 2010.

The program will also offer an additional $75 incentive to recycle old appliances and will be administered through the Comptroller's State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). The Texas Trade Up Rebate Program is made possible by a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is the first of its kind in Texas.

Although qualifying appliances cannot be bought until April 16, consumers may begin reserving a rebate now by calling (877) 780-3039 or visiting www.TexasPowerfulSmart.org, and will have 60 days from the reservation date to install the appliance and submit their paperwork. After the reserved mail-in rebates are awarded, remaining funds will be rebated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information about the rebate, including contact information to reserve a rebate and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Comptroller's SECO Web site at www.secostimulus.org/rebate. You may also contact the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES or, as always, my own office using the information below.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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