March 17, 2010
Buying Green Can Save You Green This St. Patrick’s Day
Join the more than 90,000 New Yorkers who are Cutting Their Energy Costs by Participating in New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out
With spring and St. Patrick’s Day upon us, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is encouraging New Yorkers to buy green, to save green. New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out, which has provided nearly $10 million to help more than 90,000 New Yorkers reduce their energy costs, still has millions of dollars available for New York residents who want to replace their old, inefficient appliances with new, energy–efficient models.
As of March 16, $7 million remained to provide rebates as high as $555 for purchasing high efficiency refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funds are tracked on www.NYApplianceSwapOut.com, which features a real–time counter of available funds. All of the funding will be allocated to consumers before the end of the year.
“Now is the perfect time for New Yorkers to start spring cleaning and replace their old, inefficient appliances with energy–efficient models,“ said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “High efficiency appliances save energy, reduce energy costs, and are more environmentally friendly, and making the purchase through this program will help New Yorkers save even more.”
The program has given a boost to retailers in the state who are feeling the effects of the current economy, and providing New Yorkers, on average, with $150,000 to $200,000 of rebates per day on appliances since the extension of the program on February 21.
The program requires consumers to replace old appliances, and encourages recycling by offering a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances. Funds are reserved for consumers who have purchased qualified appliances after they have submitted an application either online at www.NYApplianceSwapOut.com or through the toll–free hotline, 1–877– NY–SMART (877–697–6278). However, funds are not paid until after consumers mail in documentation of proof of purchase and, if applicable, recycling.
Colleen Q. Ryan, NYSERDA
Last Updated: 05/14/2013