Merkley, Wyden Announce Funding for Rebates on Energy Efficient Appliances

Merkley, Wyden Announce Funding for Rebates on Energy Efficient Appliances

Oregon to Receive $3.6 million From Recovery Act to Reduce Consumer Energy Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced Tuesday that Oregon will receive over $3.6 million to provide consumers with rebates when purchasing new energy efficient appliances.  The rebates will provide money back for Oregonians when they purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances included in the state-run program, resulting in economic growth, savings for consumers, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“Providing families with rebates when they purchase of energy efficient appliances will spur Oregon’s economy while reducing energy costs for consumers,” Merkley said.  “Energy efficiency is a key component of our transition to a clean energy economy and this Recovery Act funding will help Oregon families along the path towards a bright economic future.”

“Breaking our addiction on fossil fuels is going to require an all-hands-on-deck effort to reduce energy consumption,” Wyden said. “This funding gives Oregonians the incentive to do their part in breaking that addiction by replacing wasteful, inefficient appliances with ones that consume far less energy. This is another good example of how we can stimulate our economy while reducing America's reliance on fossil fuels.”

Through their programs, each state will be able to select which residential ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances will be included and what the rebate amount will be for each appliance.  The Department of Energy has made the recommendation that states include appliances that provide the greatest potential for energy savings, including heating and cooling equipment and water heaters. 

 

The program will take advantage of ENERGY STAR, a labeling program that assists retailers and consumers in identifying energy efficient products.  According to the Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that covers more than 60 product categories and is supported by a network of almost 600 utility and state and government partners serving more than 74 million households, over 2,000 retail partners representing more than 27,000 storefronts, and 2,645 manufacturers of ENERGY STAR-qualified products.