DATE: January 27, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Mital Hall, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
With the overwhelming success of the 2011 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program, Broward County again is encouraging residents to go green, save money on utility bills and reduce their environmental footprint by participating in the 2012 program.
Through the 2012 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program the County has up to $165,000 available in rebates to eligible County residents and businesses, and expects to issue an additional 800 to 1,000 rebates.
Broward County distributed $230,000 in rebate checks to more than 1,100 residents/businesses that participated in the 2011 program. The benefits of the rebate program go beyond cost savings and increased awareness of how to save energy. The rebate program generated more than $1.1 million in economic stimulus and $64,000 in tax revenues in the South Florida economy.
As a result of the program, energy savings of 2.4 million kWh and water savings of 2.9 million gallons will occur annually. The rebate program, through purchase of energy savings appliances and completion of Florida Power and Light energy surveys, will create an average annual saving of $80 per household.
Eligible ENERGY STAR appliances for residents and businesses include:
• Residential Refrigerators - Receive $150 for refrigerators under 20 cubic feet but at least 7.75 cubic feet in volume or $250 for refrigerators 20 cubic feet or greater in volume. (ENERGY STAR freezers and compact refrigerators are excluded.)
• Residential Clothes Washer- Receive $150 for all sizes of washing machines.
The rebate application process has been simplified for 2012. Residents/businesses that purchase an eligible appliance on or after December 17, 2011, will be eligible to participate in the 2012 rebate program. Interested residents/businesses should submit a completed application packet by March 16, 2012. Rebates will be available on a first come, first served basis. The program will close when all funds are exhausted or on March 16, 2012, whichever comes first.
The County anticipates funds will go quickly due to a large interest in energy conserving appliances. Because the rebate program is directed toward replacement appliances, old appliances will need to be recycled or disposed of according to federal, state and local laws and regulations.
The rebate program is part of a $1.24 million Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant awarded by the State of Florida and funded through the United States Department of Energy to help residents and businesses make the transition to more efficient appliances that will reduce overall energy consumption in the County while stimulating the economy and saving participants money on their utility bills.
For more information on the ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program or other rebates, visit broward.org/gogreen and click REBATE PROGRAMS or call 954-357-REB8 (7328) or email ENERGYSENSE@broward.org.