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California Appliance Rebate Program launches locally in spring

Posted: November 10, 2009 2:29 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2009 2:19 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita expects to roll out the California Appliance Rebate program locally in early spring 2010.

Residents are encouraged to visit, the city's "green" Web site, for updates about program information and implementation.

The Energy Commission submitted its proposed Appliance Rebate Program design to the U.S. Department of Energy on Oct. 14.

Three residential appliance categories were selected to be eligible to receive rebates: clothes washers (proposed rebate: $100), refrigerators (proposed rebate: $75), and room air conditioners (proposed rebate: $50). Appliances must be ENERGY STAR-listed and certified to the Energy Commission as meeting all state and federal appliance efficiency standards to be eligible for rebates.

"The city created to help keep residents, businesses and builders informed on environmental issues and initiatives," Mayor Frank Ferry said. "With the upcoming launch of the California Appliance Rebate program, community members can learn how the program will be implemented locally."

The Energy Commission used a Department of Energy list of prescreened appliances to determine appliances eligible for the program.

Earlier in 2009, the California Department of Energy received $35.2 million in appropriated federal stimulus package funding to assist California residents in swapping out old energy-inefficient home appliances for new, Energy Star-qualified ones.



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