Thursday, December 24, 2009

"New York's Great Appliance Swap Out" Program Plan Approved

Consumers to Receive Rebates for Purchasing
Energy-Efficient Appliances during President's Week, 2010
The U.S Department of Energy today announced it has approved New York's plan to provide consumers with rebates for purchasing certain energy-efficient refrigerators, clothes washers, freezers and dishwashers through a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). New York's Great Appliance Swap Out ( will allow the State to issue more than 170,000 rebates totaling $16.8 million during President's Week in February, 2010.
Rebates for high-efficiency appliances will range from $50-$105 for a single unit and up to $555 for the purchase of a three-appliance package. In addition, the program, administered by the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) encourages recycling by offering a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances.
"I'm pleased that the US Department of Energy is allowing New York to move forward with New York's Great Appliance Swap Out, a program that will help provide an important boost to the economy early next year while providing an incentive for New Yorkers to reduce their energy consumption. This program will offer more than 170,000 New Yorkers the chance to save hundreds of dollars a year by replacing their old appliances with new energy-efficient appliances and, by offering additional incentives for people to recycle, will help avoid placing additional burdens on our landfills. I'm grateful to President Obama and our entire Congressional Delegation for working to make this critical stimulus funding available. Without this federal funding, which will provide much-needed economic stimulus in New York, we would not have pursued this program."
NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray, Jr. said, "We are pleased to have final approval from the U.S. DOE allowing us to implement a program that will save consumers hundreds of dollars a year by replacing an old appliance with high-efficiency models. The program will not only help consumers save money and reduce the environmental impact of older appliances, but will help us meet the Governor's ambitious goals of improving our environment and decreasing our energy usage in the future."
Under the plan, consumers could receive rebates for purchasing eligible appliances individually or in a bundle. For an individual purchase, appliances will qualify only if they have earned the ENERGY STAR® label, meaning that they are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market. For a bundled purchase, consumers may receive a larger rebate by purchasing three eligible appliances that meet standards issued by the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE) that are higher than ENERGY STAR standards. Appliances qualifying for a bundled rebate would be a CEE Tier dishwasher, clothes washer, and refrigerator together.
Customers purchasing appliances may receive the following individual rebates:
• Refrigerators: $75 ($105 with documented recycling)
• Clothes washers: $75 ($100 with documented recycling)
• Freezers: $50 ($75 with documented recycling)
• Dishwashers: Rebates are only available for dishwashers when they are purchased as part of a three-appliance package of CEE-rated appliances. These will qualify for a $500 rebate ($550 with documented recycling).
Many retailers are expected to offer free recycling to make it easier for the customer to receive the maximum rebate, and NYSERDA is coordinating efforts with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City Department of Sanitation so consumers can also recycle their appliances at local landfills, waste stations and recycling centers.
Guidelines for the program:
• Consumers must be New York State residents to be eligible for the proposed rebate program.
• Appliances can be purchased at any retail location and must meet specified ENERGY STAR or CEE standards.
• The program is open only to individuals purchasing appliances for their own use.
• To qualify for the rebates, consumers must attest in writing that the purchased appliances are replacing existing appliances.
• Adequate documentation of recycling must be included to receive the maximum rebate amount and the rebate cannot be combined with other appliance rebate programs from utilities or municipalities. The rebate can, however, be combined with other manufacturer rebates or retail promotions.
Rebate forms and instructions will be available soon at or through NYSERDA's hotline (1-877-NY-SMART). NYSERDA offers homeowners information on how to reduce their energy costs through its "Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®" program, which offers strategies for encouraging comprehensive home energy improvements for existing homes. This program has helped more than 27,000 New Yorkers significantly cut their energy usage.
Additional information, including information about ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances and other programs to help homeowners reduce energy costs, can be found on NYSERDA's web site at or from NYSERDA's consumer hotline at: 877-NY-SMART.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


December 10, 2009

EPA Releases Final Specification for WaterSense New Homes

This will help homeowners increase water efficiency and save on their
utility bills

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its
final WaterSense single-family new homes specification today, creating
the first national, voluntary, water-efficiency specification for an
entire new home.

"Home builders can now partner with EPA and earn the WaterSense label
for their newly built homes, helping to create livable communities and
quality homes that are easy to maintain," said Peter S. Silva, assistant
administrator for EPA's Office of Water. "These homes will save
homeowners as much as $200 a year on utility bills compared to their
current homes."

EPA worked with hundreds of stakeholders over the past three years to
develop this specification, which was designed to complement existing
green building programs. WaterSense labeled new homes, which will be 20
percent more efficient than typical new homes, must be independently
inspected and certified by an EPA licensed certification provider to
meet the WaterSense criteria for water efficiency and performance.

The new homes will feature WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures, Energy
Star qualified appliances (if installed), water-efficient landscaping,
and hot water delivery systems that deliver hot water faster, so
homeowners don't waste water-or energy-waiting at the tap.

By investing in WaterSense labeled homes, American home buyers can
reduce their water usage by more than 10,000 gallons per year-enough to
fill a backyard swimming pool-and save enough energy annually to power a
television for four years.

If the approximately 1.27 million new homes built in the United States
each year were WaterSense labeled, it would save more than 12 billion
gallons of water.

With this announcement, EPA is inviting home builders to join the
WaterSense program and commit to building water-efficient new homes.

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the
future of our nation's water supply by offering people simple ways to
use less water.

More information on WaterSense labeled new homes:

To see a video message about the WaterSense new homes specification: