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Governor Crist Urges Floridians to Plan for Purchase of ENERGY STAR Appliances


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 14, 2010

CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE

(850) 488-5394

Governor Crist Urges Floridians to Plan for
Purchase of ENERGY STAR Appliances

~ Florida residents can reserve rebates beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16 ~

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

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today was joined by Florida appliance retailers to remind Floridians to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances qualifying for rebates, beginning Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 25, 2010. To increase the likelihood of receiving a rebate, purchasers can reserve rebates by applying for a Priority Number, beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 16. Select ENERGY STAR refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, gas water heaters (tank-less), and room air conditioners are eligible for a rebate of 20 percent off the retail price and $75 for recycling the old appliance, up to $1,500 per household.

“Now is the perfect time to replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones that will save consumers money for years to come, and the opportunity for a rebate gives Floridians the incentive to buy this month,” Governor Crist said. “I applaud Florida’s retailers for their efforts to assist Floridians as they select appliances that will qualify for the rebate.”

Beginning Friday, Florida residents can begin reserving their share of $17.5 million in rebate funds by obtaining a Priority Number on a first-come, first-served basis at www.rebates.com/florida. While a Priority Number is not required, applications with a Priority Number will be processed prior to those without one. In preparation for launching the interactive Priority Numbers portion of the Web site, www.rebates.com/florida will be temporarily unavailable on Friday, April 16, 2010, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. EDT for scheduled maintenance. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Web site will be fully launched and will countdown the remaining available rebate funds every 30 minutes. In anticipation of high volume on the Web site, consumers should plan to exercise patience and perseverance when reserving a rebate.

The Florida ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program will provide rebates on approximately 68,000 ENERGY STAR appliances purchased from Florida retailers, pumping at least $62 million into Florida’s economy, in addition to generating at least $4 million in tax revenues. Retailers must provide a sales receipt that includes the retailer’s name and address, purchase date, and product information that includes the type of appliance, model number and price.

Due to the limited amount of available rebate funds, Governor Crist encouraged Florida residents to visit the Web site to learn more about qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances and how to reserve a rebate funds by obtaining a Priority Number at www.rebates.com/florida. Consumers may request rebates on multiple appliances; however, only one appliance-type per household is eligible. Rebates will be issued in the form of a prepaid card, which has no fees for monthly service or card replacement, and the funds on the card never expire. The prepaid card can be exchanged for a check or an electronic funds transfer.

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.

How to Qualify for a Florida ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate

The Florida ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Web site – www.rebates.com/florida – contains details about how consumers can qualify for the rebate by taking the following steps:

  • First, read all instructions for the Florida ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program.
  • Second, purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR appliance between April 16 and April 25. Consumers can learn more about qualifying products by visiting www.rebates.com/florida or www.energystar.gov.
  • Third, reserve a rebate after 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 16, by obtaining a Priority Number from the Web site, www.rebates.com/florida. While a Priority Number is not required, applications with a Priority Number will be processed first, prior to those without one.
  • Fourth, submit a completed application containing your Priority Number, along with all required documentation, as soon as possible. A copy of the original sales receipt must be submitted by mail, along with a completed rebate application form. In order to receive the $75 recycling bonus, consumers will also have to submit proof of recycling, provided by either the retailer or the recycling facility.

All applications must be postmarked on or before Monday, May 10, 2010; however, because rebates will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis, the first applications to be processed will be more likely to receive 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.