State to get Recovery Act money to help with rebates on energy-efficient appliances

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.

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July 15th, 2009
9:12 am

You call this stimulus?!?! Sounds like government wasteful spending. How on planet earth is giving $9.3 MILLION to energy-efficient appliances going to create jobs, patch up the State revenue shortfall, or help ease the effects of this nasty recession (the worst since the Carter days…yes, I didn’t say the worst since the Great Depression..that would be just regurgitating a false libby talking point).


July 15th, 2009
9:29 am

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July 16th, 2009
3:05 pm

The article mentions dishwashers, but the AHRI listings do not. Does anyone know whether dishwashers have an eligibility?