Appliance rebates now available for consumers
The Texas Appliance Mail- In Rebate Program has begun, enabling Texas consumers to earn rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and more. The rebates will be distributed to qualified consumers on a first-come, first-served basis for appliances purchased on or after Dec. 20.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to pay close attention to the fact that the statewide mail-in rebate program is different than the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program held in April 2010. Instead of reserving funds for an appliance rebate in advance, as was required in April, the new program will require postage stamps and an application form instead. Consumers will be required to submit rebate application forms, along with proof of purchase and proof of appliance disposal, through the mail.
To help consumers take advantage of this valuable program without any confusion, BBB recommends reviewing the following tips prior to purchasing an appliance:
• Consider the limit of 2 total rebates, 1 per category. Only one rebate is allowed per category of appliances. However, consumers can receive a maximum of two rebates if they are not in the same appliance category. Keep in mind that if you received a rebate during the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate program, then you will only be eligible for one during the mailin program. If you received the maximum of two rebates during the trade up program in April 2010, you will not be eligible for any additional mail-in rebates.
• Don’t shop online. Consumers are required to purchase appliances in-store from a Texas retailer or from a Texas contractor. Online purchases do not qualify for a rebate.
• Recycle your old appliances. While recycling is not required as the disposal method, consumers are encouraged to recycle their old appliances in accordance with state and local laws. As an incentive, an additional $75 is available for consumers who provide proper proof of recycling.
• Save receipts and all appliance disposal details. Before mailing in the application form, proof of purchase and proof of disposal, be sure to make copies of these documents in case there are any issues with the mail delivery. It will be important for you to have a hard copy of those documents on hand in case you need to re-submit or answer any questions in order to finalize your application.
• Take advantage of other existing programs. For consumers who are not able to secure a rebate at this time, many state governments already provide tax credits for purchasing ENERGY STAR certified appliances and more than 25 states have recycling programs. The Database for State Incentives for Renewable Energy provides a state-by-state breakdown of local incentives and policies for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
For more information on the Texas Appliance Mail-In Rebate Program, visit www.texaspowerfulsmart.org.