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Nebraska ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program

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Who is eligible for the Appliance Rebate Program?

Any Nebraska resident is eligible for the program, including those who rent their homes. The program is intended for families and private individuals. Nebraska residents may claim up to two rebates; however, no more than one rebate per appliance category is allowed for each household. For example, a household cannot claim rebates for two dishwashers, or two refrigerators, etc. There is no commercial component to the Appliance Rebate Program and it is, therefore, not intended for rental property owners, commercial enterprises or new home construction.

When will the program start?

The program will start July 6, 2010. Appliance purchases prior to the program start date are not eligible for a rebate.

How long will the program last?

The program will last until program funds are depleted. The rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please continue to monitor the web site to view availability of funds and rebates.

How will the rebate application process work?

At the outset of the program, set for July 6, 2010, consumers may shop for and purchase qualified ENERGY STAR®-eligible appliances at eligible Nebraska retail stores. Appliances from up to two product categories shall be eligible. Once the purchase is complete, retailers are required to submit the consumer rebate information online, where possible. Certain product identification information must be supplied, as well as select information to identify the consumer and the place of residence. The rebate application may then be printed and mailed to the processing center. Upon approval and validation, the rebated amount will be mailed to the applicant.

To apply for a consumer rebate online, retailers must:

  1. Click on the Apply for Rebate button under the appliance category.
  2. Select the appliance manufacturer and model.
  3. Enter your login information (supplied previously prior to program launch)
  4. Enter all relevant information.
  5. Submit rebate certifying that all information entered is correct.
  6. Print confirmation page and give to consumer
  7. Consumer mails confirmation page to the address below with the proof-of-purchase. Mail to:

    Nebraska ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Support Center
    P.O. Box 1887
    Saginaw, MI 48605-1887

Where may a Nebraska resident buy the product?

Nebraska residents are required to purchase qualifying appliances only from a registered Nebraska retailer or contractor. Online purchases do not qualify. To find participating retailers, click on the tool bar above.

What should I do if I am a Nebraska retailer and have not yet registered?

If you are a Nebraska retailer and would like to register, please go to the Nebraska Energy Office web site. Once registered with the state, you will receive an email with login information to submit consumer rebates.

Will the rebates be retroactive to a purchase made prior to the July 6, 2010, date that marks the start of the program?

No. Purchases made prior to the start of the program eligibility period are NOT eligible for rebates under the rules from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Can I take advantage of the rebate program in combination with any rebates offered by the manufacturers, my local utility, and/or others?

Yes. The Nebraska ENERGYSTAR® Appliance Rebate Program may be claimed in addition to rebates offered through manufacturers, local utility rebate programs, and/or others. Consumers purchasing heat pumps, central air conditioners and natural gas or propane furnaces are encouraged to apply for federal tax credits.

Do I have to recycle the old appliance?

The Nebraska Energy Office encourages rebate applicants to recycle old appliances. Most old appliances will be collected by retailers upon delivery of the new product. Those purchasing refrigerators are encouraged to recycle them using utility recycling services, if available.

How do I check the status of my rebate?

To check the status of your rebate, follow the steps below. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing of your rebate.

  1. Click on the Rebate Status link on the main menu.
  2. Enter web submission ID along with your ZIP code.
    or
    Enter your mailing address and first and last name as submitted on the rebate form.
  3. Click the Submit button.

Do all appliances qualify for the program?

No, not all appliances qualify for the program. Eligible appliances must meet program efficiency requirements as established by ENERGY STAR® and the Nebraska Energy Office. Please refer to the table below under “How much are the rebates?” Lists of qualified products by manufacturer and model number can be found on the eligible appliances webpage.

How much are the rebates?

The rebates for eligible appliances are as follows:

Appliance Type

Rebate Amount

Efficiency Level

Refrigerators (models larger than 14 cubic feet)

$200

20% above federal standard

Clothes washer 1

$100

MEF >= 1.8; WF <= 7.5

Clothes washer 2

$200

MEF >= 2.0; WF <= 6.0

Dishwashers

$150

<= 307 kWh/yr <= 5.0 gal/cycle

Central Air Conditioners

$200

16 SEER + 13 EER

Air Source Heat Pumps

$250

15 SEER, 8.5 HSPF + 12.5 EER

Natural Gas and Propane Furnaces

$250

95% efficiency

How is this program funded?

The U.S. Department of Energy, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, awarded Nebraska $1,700,000 in funding to launch an ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program. The program is intended to stimulate the economy by encouraging consumers to replace older, less-efficient appliances with new, more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR®-qualified models.

Why should I participate in the Appliance Rebate Program?

The Appliance Rebate Program is a great opportunity to replace inefficient, old appliances with new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances. These appliances will save energy and help consumers save money on monthly utility bills. To find out potential energy and dollar savings, click here.

How do I get additional help?

To get additional help, please click here to submit your question electronically.

How can I be sure that I'm purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® appliance?

Qualified models may be found at http://www.neo.ne.gov/ARRA/eligibleappliances.htm
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR®, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars - all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.

How do I find a participating store/company?

Participating stores and companies can be found by clicking on Participating Retailers at the top of this page and then using the Search Options tool.

 
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