Next Texas Appliances Rebate Program Starts Monday

AUSTIN (AP) – The next energy-efficient appliance rebate program for Texas begins Monday and this time around the advance reservations that swamped the previous offering are not required.

About $10 million in unclaimed rebate funds from an April offering, plus $8.5 million from unused public sector energy efficiency funds, are available in the program to benefit residential consumers, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office.

The new program, funded with federal stimulus money, is a “traditional mail-in-rebate program,” the agency said.

Millions of Texans complained that they could not get through by phone or online to register in the initial rebate program earlier this year. At least 38 million online hits were recorded before the program filled up, with nearly 39,000 rebate reservations guaranteed, the comptroller’s office said.

“Texas consumers do not reserve funding for an appliance rebate,” according to details of the offering post Thursday at “Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are distributed.”

Rebate-eligible appliances are air-source heat pumps, central air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, room air conditioners and water heaters.

Texas residents with a valid Texas residential address are eligible to apply. Participants must purchase a qualifying Energy Star appliance, save the receipt, install the new appliance, dispose of or recycle the old appliance, then fill out the rebate application form and mail it in, with proper documentation.

Appliance or recycling rebates cannot be used for new construction or for businesses, according to the rules of the program.

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One Comment

  1. JB says:

    Sorta typical – – taxpayer funds, used to provide ais & assistance for those who can’t plan ahead – unused by those who can’t plan ahead – –
    Maybe taxpayers could just make those purchases and deliver them to those who can’t plan ahead – without involving those who can’t plan ahead – –
    Just taxpayers and gov’t working together to provide for everybody ? ? ?

  2. lowtolerance says:

    Stereotype much, JB? Your ignorance has caused you misplaced anger. You’d be better off complaining to your government about why there is a need for stimulus to prop up our consumption based economy. Might have something to do with jobs. That’s all I’m going to give you. You need some education, and like you, I think you should work for it yourself.

  3. chuckz says:

    I would count myself as semi lucky because I actually got a rebate last April. My old gas water heater was 15 years old, was rusting out and needed replacement. I tried going online and calling to register for a rebate and could never get through. Right when it ended I got through on a phone and registered to be on a waiting list. Had to wait three months for all the people ahead of me to forget to buy a water heater. Finally got the paperwork, got a new energy saver water heater installed, sent in my forms filled out CORRECTLY, and got $190 rebate. Nice.

    My only gripe is now the water heater rebate is $300.

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