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Governor Crist Commends Floridians for Buying ENERGY STAR Appliances


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 19, 2010

CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE

(850) 488-5394

Governor Crist Commends Floridians for Buying ENERGY STAR Appliances

~ 72,700 rebates reserved within 36 hours~

www.rebates.com/florida – www.energystar.gov

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today commended Floridians who purchased ENERGY STAR appliances and reserved $17.5 million in rebate funds in the first 36 hours of the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 16, 2010, Floridians reserved more than 72,700 rebates averaging $241 for select ENERGY STAR appliances purchased from Florida retailers. The program will pump at least $62 million into Florida’s economy, in addition to generating at least $4 million in tax revenues.

“The ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program has been a tremendous success, and the Sunshine State received a triple benefit from the purchases made by Florida consumers – consumers win, our environment wins and our economy wins,” Governor Crist said. “By participating in the rebate program, consumers save money on their purchases and, in the future, on their energy and water bills. Their participation also boosted our economy and will help protect and preserve our beautiful state for generations to come.”

Within the program’s first 24 hours, consumers reserved $15.3 million in rebates, leaving $2.2 million in rebates available during the program’s second day. The www.rebates.com/florida Web site received 300,000 hits per second during its first hours of rebate reservations. Within an hour, consumers reserved more than $7.3 million in rebate funds and $2.9 million in the second hour. By the third hour, reservations slowed to $874,182.

Qualifying appliances included refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, gas water heaters (tank-less), and room air conditioners, and applicants could qualify to receive up to $1,500 per household. The rebates of 20 percent of the retail price, plus a $75-bonus for recycling the old appliance, will be issued in the form of a prepaid card.

Administered by the Florida Energy and Climate Commission and the Governor’s Energy Office, the rebate program is made possible by a grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Florida legislation signed by Governor Crist in 2009. Administrative costs for the program were kept to a low $70,000, allowing 99.6 percent of the funds to be issued to consumers as rebates.

The ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program builds on Governor Crist’s past energy and climate change initiatives. In 2007, Governor Crist signed three executive orders to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and remove market barriers for renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind energy. The next year, he signed the 2008 Energy and Economic Development Legislation, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and encouraging investment in alternative and renewable energy technologies. Among its requirements, the comprehensive, bipartisan legislation created a renewable fuel standard and the Florida Energy and Climate Commission as a central office for state energy and climate change programs and policies.

For more information on Florida’s energy and climate change initiatives, please visit MyFloridaClimate.com.

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