DATE: August 1, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Dr. Nancy Gassman, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
Within the last year, Broward County dispersed approximately $470,000 in rebate checks to 2,300 residents and businesses who participated in the County's Energy Sense Appliance Rebate Program. The one-time funding for the Appliance Rebate Program was 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 was 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. The program generated:
- More than $2.5 million in economic stimulus and more than $140,000 in tax revenues to the South Florida region
- Overall energy savings of 334,000 Megawatt hours (MWh)
- Annual water savings of 6.2 million gallons
- Greenhouse gas reduction of 7,700 metric tons
- Average annual cost savings on the electric bill of $80 per household
Eighty-two percent of rebate applicants stated that the program influenced their decision to purchase an ENERGY STAR appliance. The average reported age of replaced appliances was 14 years - suggesting the program played an important role in removing these inefficient units from use. The rebate program provided quality customer service to more than 6,300 interested parties, and for many households was the first step in investing in energy conserving devices.
While the appliance rebate program accepted its last application on April 2, 2012, it allowed residents and businesses to make a big-ticket purchase resulting in substantial energy savings for the life of the appliance.
Recognizing that there are numerous no-to-low cost ways to conserve energy and save money, the Energy and Sustainability Program continues to promote energy conservation through its marketing campaign. The key message is “I can do one thing every day to save money and the environment.” For more tips on saving money, energy and the environment, visit broward.org/gogreen.