Energy Efficient Rebate Program

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The Massachusetts Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, designed to help homeowners and renters reduce their energy use and to stimulate retail sales, kicked off on Thursday, July 28.

The program is open to all Massachusetts households and allows customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator and/or room air conditioner to replace an inefficient model to qualify for rebates of $150 and $50, respectively. Unlike last year's program, the new program requires customers to buy before they apply and provides real-time information on how much funding is available.

"Energy saving appliances cut long-term costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while stimulating our local economy with retail sales," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.

For more information on the program, visit the Mass Energy Rebate website or call toll-free (877) 574-1128.

For a list of retailers, check the Approved Retailers List .

Rebates will be available on all ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators (over 7.75 cubic feet) and room air conditioners, purchased on or after July 28, 2011. According to the press release from the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, each purchaser must replace an existing refrigerator or room air conditioner to receive a rebate.

Prior to purchase, customers are encouraged to check how much rebate funding is available by going online to the rebate program website where they will be able to track the status of funds and their own rebate applications.