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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 70% of the energy used in our homes is for appliances, refrigeration, space heating, cooling, and water heating. Replacing old appliances and equipment with those that are ENERGY STAR labeled can help families save significantly on their utility bills. Now, there are even more incentives for buying efficient appliances.

A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a new appliance rebate program. Starting later this year and in early 2010, consumers will be able to receive rebates to purchase new ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances when they replace their used appliances.

Energy savings will depend on the specific appliance and model being replaced, but new ENERGY STAR appliances save significantly more energy than those manufactured years ago. For example, replacing a clothes washer made before 2000 with a new ENERGY STAR model can save up to $135 per year. Replacing a refrigerator made before 1993 with a new ENERGY STAR model can save up to $65 per year.

Energy Star RebatesThe Obama Administration set aside $300 million to fund the rebate program, and $1.5 million of it is coming to Maine. Under the program, if you buy an ENERGY STAR refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner, or dehumidifier, you will get a $25-$75 check from the state. Federal tax credits and other financial incentives may be claimed for the same products, as long as they qualify under the rules of the programs and are not specifically excluded.

Efficiency Maine will run the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and hopes to keep it alive even after the state funds run dry. The program is scheduled to begin sometime after October 1.

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