ATLANTAState Representative Barbara Massey Reece (D-Menlo) encourages Georgians to take advantage of the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. The program began on February 12, 2010, and provides consumers with rebates ranging from $25 to $199 on ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

“I’m pleased to see a program that helps our citizens purchase goods they need,” said Representative Reece.  “This great opportunity helps families needing new appliance save in two ways, immediately through the rebates and long-term though energy cost savings.”

ENERGY STAR appliances eligible for the program include clothes washers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators and freezers.   The total amount available for rebates is $8.6 million.  Purchases made prior to February 12, 2010 will not be eligible.

The following chart provides a breakdown of the eligible ENERGY STAR appliances and the corresponding rebate levels:

Rebate Eligible Products

Rebate Level

Rebate Eligible Products

Rebate Level

Clothes Washer*

$50 or $99

    Water Heaters

Dishwasher*

$50 or $99

    Gas Condensing

$99

Refrigerators

$50

    Electric Heat Pump

$199

Freezers

$25

    Gas Storage*

$50 or $99

Room Air Conditioners

$30

    Gas Tankless

$199

Central Air Conditioner

$99

    Solar – Electric

$199

Air Source Heat Pump

$199

    Solar – Gas

$199

Oil Furnace

$99

Oil and Gas Boilers

$199

Gas Furnace

$199

*Two rebate levels available due to different energy efficiency ratings

Georgia residents with a valid residential address who purchase a qualified ENERGY STAR appliance from a Georgia retailer will be eligible to receive the assigned rebate for that appliance.  Rebates are limited to one rebate per appliance type per household.  For example, a consumer who purchases two of the same appliance would qualify for only one rebate, but a consumer who purchases two different appliances would qualify for two separate rebates.  Separate rebate applications must be completed for each appliance purchased.  The maximum rebate limit per household is $1,200. 

Consumers and/or retailers can confirm the availability of the remaining $8.6 million rebate funds by checking www.GeorgiaRebate.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-296-1633.  The Web site and phone number will provide a current estimate of the remaining rebate funds in the program and the approximate number of days until funding is depleted.  The rebates will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until the funding is depleted.

After Purchasing Appliance – Applying for a Rebate:

Following the appliance purchase, customers will be responsible for immediately applying for a rebate at www.GeorgiaRebate.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-296-1633.  When their application process is complete, a rebate form will be provided through the Georgia Rebate web site or via U.S. mail.  The, the customer should mail the rebate form and a copy of the sales receipt to the address on the rebate form.  The sales receipt must verify that a qualifying ENERGY STAR appliance was purchased.  Qualified appliances must be purchased from a retailer within the state of Georgia.  Online and out-of-state purchases do not qualify.

Receiving Your Rebate:

Once the rebate claim is physically received and the receipt is verified, the customer’s rebate will be approved and payment will be mailed.  Rebates will be issued in the form of a Visa® Prepaid Card* preloaded with the rebate amount and should be received by the customer within 2-3 weeks from time the required forms and receipts were mailed.

Program Expectations:

Approximately 100,000 rebates are expected to be issued through the program.  Guides for retailers and consumers are available at www.GeorgiaRebate.com.

Recycling:

Participants are required to recycle refrigerators and freezers and are strongly encouraged to recycle all other appliances.  Recycling arrangements can be coordinated with the retailer.

More Information:

Participants in the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program will have the opportunity to join the Governor’s Energy Challenge, a voluntary program encouraging businesses, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, schools, and local governments to reduce their energy consumption by 15-percent. 

Representative Barbara Massey Reece represents the citizens of District 11, which includes Chatooga County, as well as portions of Floyd County. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 1998, and currently serves on the Education, Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment, Science and Technology, and State Institutions and Property Committees.

About the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (www.gefa.org)

The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) provides financial assistance and administers programs that encourage stewardship of the environment and promote economic development statewide.  GEFA is the lead state agency for energy planning and alternative fuels; manages the Governor’s Energy Challenge and the Georgia Land Conservation Program; maintains state-owned fuel storage tanks; and offers financing for reservoir and water supply, water quality, storm water and solid waste infrastructure.

*Cards are issued by Citibank, N.A. pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and managed by Citi Prepaid Services.  Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.