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Oregon Appliance Rebate Program Expands  


    Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) announced today Oregon will expand its State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) to include additional appliances. Beginning in January of this year, the state offered rebates to qualifying homeowners for replacement of low-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps with ENERGY STAR appliances. The program has now been expanded to include rebates for qualified ENERGY STAR water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers.


“Replacing an aging or dysfunctional home appliance increases long-term energy efficiency, lowers consumption and reduces energy costs in the home,” says OHCS Energy Policy and rograms Coordinator Melissa Torgerson. “This is particularly important for low-income Oregonians, who are spending an increasingly disproportionate amount of their household budgets in home energy bills.”


Oregon’s funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, which provides American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for states to provide rebates for acceptable ppliances to qualified homeowners. In Oregon, qualified homeowners are those whose annual household income is 60 percent or less of the statewide median.


The program is only open to homeowners who meet qualifications. Available rebates will be distributed on a “first-come, first-served basis.”
Interested Oregonians can contact OHCS at 1-800-453-5511 (option 2, selection 4) to learn about the program and apply for a rebate voucher. After purchase and installation of eligible ENERGY STAR appliances, qualified homeowners may redeem vouchers for 70 percent of the purchase price, up to a specified maximum. Old appliances must be legally recycled in rder to receive rebate funds. In emergency or no-heat situations, homeowners may qualify for additional assistance hrough their local Community Action Agency.


For more information, see http://go.usa.gov/OTx, call 1-800-453-5511 (option 2, selection 4)