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Appliance Rebate Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I participate in the Appliance Rebate Program?
A: The Appliance Rebate Program is a great opportunity for you to purchase new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances that will save you energy and money on your utility bill. Remember, the older an appliance is, the greater the likelihood that they use more energy than is needed and this costs you money and has a significant impact on the environment.

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Q: What is an ENERGY STAR appliance and where can I find them?
A: Appliances that are ENERGY STAR qualified have passed stringent government testing proving that they are the top 25% most energy-efficient products in the market. ENERGY STAR products are marked with the cyan blue ENERGY STAR Logo. Visit the ENERGY STARLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. Government website for more information on ENERGY STAR Labeled appliances.

ENERGY STAR appliances can be found at a variety of retail stores throughout New York State. For a list of local ENERGY STAR appliance retailers, visit NYSERDA Residential Programs.

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Q: Why should I replace my appliances? They work just fine.
A: Did you know that 30% of New Yorkers have a refrigerator that is 10 years old? Although these refrigerators are still operating fine, they are wasting a lot of energy compared to models currently on the market. Save more than $75 on your utility bill annually by replacing your 10-year old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR modelLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Depending on the model you purchase, you can recoup your investment in just a few years.

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Q: How much can I save by replacing my appliances?
A: Early replacement is an easy way to save energy and money on your utility bill. The ENERGY STARLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. Government website has savings calculators and other tools to show how much you can save.

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Q: How often should I replace my appliances?
A: It is recommended you change your appliances every 4-6 years given the rapid changes in appliance technology. The energy savings derived from using energy-efficient ENERGY STAR appliances will often cover the expense of the purchase of new appliances this frequently. To avoid adding adverse impact to the environment, the Appliance Rebate program provides an added financial incentive to recycle old appliances.

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Q: Why should I recycle my old appliances?
A: Recycling is an important component of the Appliance Rebate Program. Without recycling an estimated 170,000 appliances removed from homes will end up in landfills or on the secondary market. Although recycling is not covered by the Appliance Rebate Program, if you choose not to recycle your old appliances, you will receive a lower rebate.

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Q: Where can I recycle my old appliances?
A: There are many ways to recycle your old appliances. Many retailers have recycling programs you can participate in. Local and municipal landfills and transfer stations can also recycle your appliances as well.

I’m remodeling my house, what is my best option for participating in the Appliance Rebate Program?

The Appliance Rebate Program has a “bundled” option where New Yorkers can receive up to $550 to replace their refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwashers. In order to recieve the maximum rebate amount of $550, the old refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwashers must all be recycled and the new replacements must meet the following criteria:

  • New clothes washer must be listed under Tier 2 or 3 of CEE's product list
  • New dishwasher must be listed under Tier 1 or 2 of CEE's product list
  • New refrigerator must be listed under Tier 2 or 3 of CEE's product list

For more information go to Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Products ListLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. CEE serves as an energy-efficiency advocate organization who generates lists of super-efficient appliances.

For more information regarding the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program visit:

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Last Updated: 06/04/2013