DATE: December 8, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Mital Hall, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
This week, Broward County dispersed more than $180,000 in rebate checks to residents who participated in the County’s Appliance Rebate Program – just in time for the holidays.
The ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program is part of a $1.24 million Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant awarded by the state and funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the program is to reduce the County’s overall energy consumption, stimulate the economy, and save participants money on their utility bills, while helping residents and businesses make the transition to more efficient appliances.
To date, the County has issued 885 rebates to residents, ranging from $150 to $250. The rebate program is saving participants approximately 22 percent off the purchase price of an Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR refrigerator or washing machine.
To date, the County’s Appliance Rebate Program has generated:
• $825,000 in economic stimulus and $49,000 in tax revenues in the south Florida economy
• an energy savings of 2 million kilowatts hours (kWh) this year in the County
• a water savings of 2.2 million gallons per year
Residents that preregistered for the rebate program by October 10, 2011, still have an opportunity to receive a rebate by submitting an application packet to the County by December 16, 2011. For more information on the ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program and other rebates, visit broward.org/gogreen and click REBATE PROGRAMS. For program-related questions, email ENERGYSENSE@broward.org.