Appliance Rebate Program Expanded in Maryland

Maryland EnergyThe Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program was officially launched on April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The program offers rebates for Maryland residents who replace their old, outdated, energy guzzling appliances for newer, more energy efficient Energy Star appliances. The appliances covered previously under this program were refrigerators, washers and water heaters. However, as of July 30th, the appliance rebate program has been expanded in Maryland to include, from, central A/C units, freezers, room air conditioners and air source heat pumps. The rebates available include: $500 for central A/C units and air source heat pumps, $300 for electric heat pump water heaters, $100 for washers and freezers, $50 for refrigerators and $25 for room air conditioners. The rebates are available only for washers, refrigerators and water heaters purchased and installed on or after April 22, 2010 and on or after July 30, 2010 for the rest. All rebates are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis and will be available while funds last. For more information on Maryland’s rebate program, forms and the terms and conditions, please visit the Maryland Energy Administration website.

In addition to the Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, many utility companies are offering their own rebates for trading in old appliances for more energy efficient models. You may want to check with your local Southern Maryland utility company to see what programs they offer as well and find out if you qualify for additional funds.

If you are looking to replace your rundown appliance with a brand new Energy Star one, remember that the appliance rebate program has been expanded in Maryland. But hurry, the rebates will only last as long as the funds do. Not only will you be saving money by using less energy and getting a rebate, you will also be helping reduce energy consumption and reducing the strain on the earth’s resources. What a gift!