Kristi E. Swartz
Georgia will receive up to $9.3 million in federal stimulus money to encourage consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances, the U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday.
The money will go to the state energy office as part of a larger rebate program for Energy Star-rated appliances.
The program will allow consumers to receive rebates when they buy Energy Star washers, dishwashers and other appliances.
It’s up to the state energy office to come up with the details: which appliances qualify for a rebate and how much money consumers can receive. The state agency, which is part of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, must give that information to the federal energy department.
This is the latest bucket of energy-related federal stimulus money for Georgia. The state will also receive $82 million in stimulus dollars to boost its statewide energy plan.
Another $125 million in Recovery Act money is supporting its weatherization program — which helps low-income families make their homes more energy efficient.