News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

April 1, 2010
Mark Langford at 210-932-2568

Uresti urges consumers to take advantage of appliance rebate program

What if you could save money on a new refrigerator, air conditioner or other home appliance and help protect the environment and spur the economy — all at the same time?

It may sound too good to be true, but it's not.

In conjunction with the State Comptroller's Office, Sen. Carlos Uresti is encouraging consumers to take advantage of the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program, which is being administered by the State Energy Conservation Office.

Under the program, which began Wednesday, April 7, Texans are being given financial incentives to replace their appliances with more energy efficient models. Rebates range from $45 all the way up to $1,600. Those who recycle their old appliance can get an addition $75 rebate.

"This program will save money for people who may be looking to replace their appliances anyway, and they'll save even more in the long run by using less energy," Uresti said. "Using less energy is also good for the environment, and the economy will get a boost with the increase in consumer spending. It's a great deal all around."

Consumers can reserve their appliance rebates either by calling (877) 780-3039 or going online to Eligible appliances include ENERGY STAR or CEE qualified refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters and air-source heat pumps.

Texas received more than $23 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the program, which limits each household to two rebates. Once all guaranteed rebates are reserved, consumers can get on a waiting list should more funds become available.

Uresti urged consumers to sign up for the program as soon as possible.

"These rebates are not going to last long," he said. "I expect they'll be snapped right up by people who know a good deal when they see one."

State Comptroller Susan Combs agreed, saying, "We anticipate high interest in this program, so we expect rebate reservations will go quickly because there is a limited amount of funds available."