It means more appliances will be eligible for purchase by consumers seeking to reduce energy costs by replacing older appliance models, said Ward Lenz, Energy Office director.
“We were delighted with the results of the first phase with North Carolina consumers purchasing more than 54,400 appliances,” Lenz said in a statement. “With this second phase, we will put the remaining dollars to work to provide savings for consumers on appliances and utility bills while boosting our state’s economy.”
The second phase of the program will use mail-in rebates on items purchased on or after June 1. The rebates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting on June 1, and continue until the remaining $1 million in funding is used. Consumers must be replacing older appliances to be eligible.
In addition to rebates on Energy Star refrigerators, freezers, clothes washing machines and dishwashers featured in the first phase of the program, rebates also will be offered during the second phase on Energy Star-rated central air conditioning systems, gas furnaces, air-source and ground-source heat pumps, and water heaters (gas storage, gas tankless, solar with electric backup and solar with gas backup).
Rebate amounts are: air conditioning systems, $300; clothes washing machines, $100; dishwashers, $75; refrigerators, $150; freezers, $75; gas furnaces, $300; heat pumps, $300; and water heaters, $200. More detailed information on the program is available at the N.C. Energy Office Web site, www.energync.net. Look for the blue Energy Star symbol and click on the “Get the Facts” logo.