State kicks off rebates for energy-saving appliances

The Associated Press
Saturday August 11, 2001

SACRAMENTO – State energy officials and more than 580 retailers will team up next week to promote state-sponsored rebates for Californians buying Energy Star appliances. 

“Energy Efficient Appliance Week” starts Saturday, but $50 million in rebates will be available for as long as the fund lasts, state officials said Friday. 

Rebates on Energy Star refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners and clothes washers and dryers will range from $50 to $200. 

Consumers will save even more by trimming their energy use, said Kathleen Hogan of the Energy Star division within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Energy Star appliances are certified by the EPA to use at least 10 percent less energy than other appliances, saving resources and money, she said. 

For example, a replacing a 10-year-old clothes washer with an energy-efficient one can cut a family’s annual electricity bill by $90, said Hogan.