New Jersey Energy Star Home Appliance Rebates Explained

In cooperation with the federal government, who has allocated federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to the states, New Jersey has instituted a program offering mail-in and instant rebates for home owners purchasing new energy efficient kitchen and laundry appliances.

Upon passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government allocated federal funding to be used as an incentive to drive sales or energy efficient home appliances. It was decided that these funds would be allocated to the states who would handle the specific manner in which these programs would function. In our home state of New Jersey, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program is has implemented a rebate program that encourages the purchase of energy star rated clothes washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators.

Rebates are handled in a number of manners. For instance, larger appliances stores like Karl's Appliance have partnered with the NJCEP to make most of the rebates applied instantly reducing the price of the energy star rated appliance at the cash register. Other smaller retailers, offer the same rebate amounts however they necessitate that the customer mail-in a form and wait for a check to be mailed to their home.

Unfortunately, the program can be difficult to decipher. Even within particular categories of appliances there are different rebate amounts that models can qualify. To further confuse the issue, some clothes washing machines qualify for instant rebates while others qualify for mail in rebates - even at stores that normally apply these instantly. For this reason, we invite you to visit one of our NJ appliance stores, call us at 877-695-2757, or visit is online at http://www.karlsappliance.com for details on what the specific model you want to purchase qualifies for.

Clothes washer rebates are based on the energy consumption and water usage. If a washing machine is energy star rated and qualifies for a rebate, the amount will be either a $35 instant rebate or $50 mail in rebate. Many machines qualify including front load washers and top load washers.

Dishwashers also qualify for rebates based on energy consumption as well as water usage. Tier 1 qualifying models get a $25 instant rebate and more efficient models qualify for a $50 instant rebate.

Refrigeration units have two levels similar to dishwashers. Models either qualify for a $75 or $100 instant rebate based on energy consumption.

As of this writing, New Jersey's Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program is scheduled to end on June 30th, 2011. So, if you are considering purchasing a refrigerator, dishwasher, or high efficiency washer, you may want to consider making the purchase sooner than later. Not only will you save money with these rebates, but water and energy savings will save on utility bills and help preserve precious natural resources.
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