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Last Call for New York's Great Appliance Swap Out

$1 Million in Rebates Still Available for Energy Efficient Appliances

February 18, 2011

Nearly $1 million in rebates is still available for New Yorkers who purchase energy efficient appliances through "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out," a program that has provided $15,790,080 million in rebates to more than 157,000 New Yorkers, according to officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The $1 million has been made available because approximately 10,000 people who reserved a rebate did not submit an application or documentation required to verify their eligibility following their purchase. The available funding, which will provide rebates of as much as $555 for purchasing three appliances, will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserving a rebate online or by phone does NOT complete the application process. Once a qualifying purchase has been made and an applicant has reserved a rebate, the applicant must submit a signed copy of the application and the required receipts within 14 days in order to complete the application process.

The rebates are available to New York State residents replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances that will be installed at a New York State residential address. Supported by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program helps consumers save money on energy costs by reducing their energy usage, and has provided a needed boost to retailers across New York.

Rebates for high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers, and freezers range from $50-$105 for a single unit and up to $555 for the purchase of a three-appliance package of high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers, and dishwashers, provided on a first-come, first served basis. The program requires consumers to replace old appliances and encourages recycling by offering a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances.

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “This program has helped encourage tens of thousands of New Yorkers to purchase energy-efficient appliances that will save them money and cut their energy use. We are grateful to our federal delegation for securing these stimulus funds, which have benefited retailers across New York State, and we look forward to distributing all of New York’s allocation to help continue boosting the economy.”

For consumer guidelines on this program, go to www.NYApplianceSwapOut.comLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or call 877-NY-SMART. Total available rebates will be updated daily, so visit the site each day for the latest figures.

Program Specifics

How Much You Can Receive:

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 purchased as part of a three appliance package of CEE-rated appliances. This bundled purchase will qualify for a $500 rebate ($555 with documented recycling).

What Are the Energy Efficiency Requirements?

  • Individual purchases: Appliances must have the ENERGY STAR label, meaning that they are up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market.
  • Bundled purchases: A larger rebate will be paid to consumers purchasing three appliances that meet CEE standards. This can include a dishwasher, clothes washer, and refrigerator.

Where do you find these appliances?

Appliances may be purchased at any location. NYSERDA works with more than 1,000 of retail partners to help promote the sale of ENERGY STAR Products.

Through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, NYSERDA also offers homeowners free or reduced-cost comprehensive home assessments, also referred to as energy audits, and low-interest loans made available as part of the Green Jobs-Green NY Act of 2009 for energy efficiency improvements. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR has helped more than 36,000 New Yorkers significantly cut their energy usage. More information about these and other energy-savings programs can be found on NYSERDA's web site on the Residential Programs pages or from NYSERDA's consumer hotline at: 877-NY-SMART.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 01/22/2014