Starting today, Massachusetts residents can apply for a rebate if they purchase an Energy Star qualified refrigerator ($150) or air conditioner ($50) from an approved retailer in the state. Old appliances must be turned in for recycling.
Applications are available online or over the phone, and applicants can apply for both rebates. Two million dollars is available, which should fund about 20,000 rebates, and the program ends when the funds are depleted (the web page tracks the amount reserved in real time).
The program expects to save about 1.8 million kilowatts hours of electricity a year, the equivalent of the power used by 250 houses a year.
The program is sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.
The application and more information is available at: http://www.massenergyrebates.com
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