As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), NYSERDA was eligible to receive $18.7 million to provide cash rebates to New York residents who purchased high-efficiency appliances. On December 1, 2009, NYSERDA's plan for the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, the Great Appliance Swap Out, was approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Under the approved plan, the Great Appliance Swap Out program:
- Provided New York consumers who own their own appliances with rebates for purchasing certain energy-efficient refrigerators, clothes washers, freezers and dishwashers
- Offered a larger rebate to consumers who recycle their discarded appliances
Under the approved plan, consumers could receive rebates for purchasing eligible appliances individually or in a bundle. Appliances qualified only if they had earned the ENERGY STAR® label, meaning that they were up to 30 percent more efficient than standard models on the market. Consumers received 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.
Under the approved plan, customers purchasing appliances qualified for a rebate of $75 ($105 with documented recycling) for ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators, $75 ($100 with documented recycling) for clothes washers and $50 ($75 with documented recycling) for freezers. Rebates were available for dishwashers when they were purchased as part of a three-appliance package (refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer), which qualified for a $500 rebate ($555 with documented recycling).
NYSERDA submitted a Comprehensive Application [PDF] for the State Energy Appliance Rebate Program to the DOE on October 15, 2009. The plan was approved by the DOE on December 1, 2009. NYSERDA plan launched the program in February 12, 2010 and closed on March 4, 2011.
NYSERDA is no longer accepting applications for the Great Appliance Swap Out.