Michigan residents interested in appliance rebate program should act soon

— Michigan residents interested in replacing an old appliance with a new energy efficient one and receiving a rebate from state program should act soon because 60 percent of the rebate funding has been expended.

The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) today announced that more than 75,000 Michigan citizens have received rebates on purchases of appliances through the Michigan Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (MEEARP). To date, MEEARP has spurred over $47.5 million in consumer spending in Michigan and generated more than $5.2 million in rebates to Michigan consumers, representing 60 percent of the total funding available in the program.

MEEARP — also known as the Michigan Appliance Trade Up program – encourages Michigan residents to replace older appliances by providing rebates for new appliances that exceed ENERGY STAR standards. Most of the eligible appliances are not covered by existing utility-run rebate programs.

MEEARP is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

“These rebates give Michiganders an opportunity to trade up to new appliances they might not otherwise be able to afford,” said DELEG Acting Director Andrew S. Levin. “At the same time we are spurring economic growth, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The program includes energy efficient clothes washers; refrigerators; dishwashers; propane, natural gas and solar water heaters; tankless water heaters, and oil, propane and natural gas furnaces.

Only Michigan residents are eligible to participate and applicants must be replacing an old appliance to qualify. Residential customers must self-certify the proper disposal of the old product. While recycling is not required it is strongly encouraged. Products purchased before the February 10, 2010, start date are not eligible and natural gas products purchased before Aug. 1, 2010 are not eligible, but other rebates and/or incentives may apply.

A comprehensive list of energy efficiency rebates and incentives for the State of Michigan is at www.dsireusa.org.

More information on the Michigan Appliance Trade Up Program can be found at www.mirebates.

(refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers) or www.michrebate.com
(furnaces, water heaters).

Customers can also call 1-866-621-8782 (refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers) or 1-888- 642-4674 (furnaces, water heaters).

Michigan retailers are encouraged to contact the DELEG toll free helpline at 1-866-949-6425.

For more information about DELEG, please visit www.michigan.gov/deleg.

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