Late Spring 2010...
Appliance Rebates Coming to Nebraska

The Nebraska Energy Office will be providing appliance and residential heating and cooling equipment rebates funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the state will receive $1.71 million for rebates and to operate the program.

The state submitted its plan for types of appliances October 15, 2009. The plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Energy December 15, 2009. The amount of the rebate by appliance and how the program will operate is available on the Energy Office's web site. Under the program, only six types of appliances and heating and cooling equipment are eligible for rebates:

Central Air Conditioning $100 16 SEER + 13 EER
Heat Pumps $250 15 SEER, 8.5 HSPF + 12.5 EER
Refrigerators $100 20% Above Federal Standard
Natural Gas Furnaces $250 95% Efficiency
Clothes Washers/2 Levels $100, $200 Top Two Tiers Only
Dishwashers $50 <= 307 kWh/yr <= 5.0 gal/cycle

Each state had the option of selecting which appliances and equipment would be eligible from a list of 10. All appliances and equipment must meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® standards.

The Energy Office is consulting with electric and natural gas utilities and appliance retailers in designing the state’s program. The Energy Office plans to have a rebate program operational by late spring 2010.

Purchases of Energy Star qualified appliances and equipment prior to the start of the program in Nebraska will not be eligible for rebates.
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