By Maria-Jose Subiria
Georgians seeking to replace their existing appliances with higher-efficiency, ENERGY STAR models, may still be able to benefit from Phase II of the state's Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.
Funding for the second phase of the program has been exhausted, but individuals who purchase qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances can complete a wait-list application for rebates, said Nicole Linton, public relations manager for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
The authority is a lead agency for state energy programs. It is home to the Center of Innovation of Energy, directs the Georgia Land Conservation Program, and maintains fuel storage tanks owned by the state -- to name a few of its functions and responsibilities, according to Linton.
"Consumers are encouraged to visit www.GeorgiaRebate.com, to submit wait-list applications, in the event additional funds become available due to invalid applications, or applications that are not submitted within the required 30 days," said Linton.
Individuals should know the product type, manufacturer and model number of the appliance when applying, according to the rebate program's web site. Once that information is provided, the rebate amount will be disclosed. Consumers also need to provide other information, including the date of purchase, purchase price and the name of the retailer.
Linton said rebates range from $25, to $199 on ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, including clothes washers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat appliances, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators and freezers.
The maximum rebate limit is $1,200 per household, she said.
Those who purchase eligible appliances from a Georgia retailer, must be state residents with a valid address, she said. Individuals will only receive one rebate per appliance type, per household, she explained.
"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 will qualify for two separate rebates," said Linton.
She said separate rebate applications must be completed for each appliance purchased.
"The rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis," she said.
Approximately $800,000 from the American Reinvestment Act was recently available for the second phase of the program, but the fund was quickly depleted, Linton said.
There were 104,971 rebates approved, which totaled more than $8.7 million, during the first phase of the program, she added.
For more information, visit the rebate program's web site, or call 1-866-296-1633.