If you were planning on replacing that water heater before winter sets in, or perhaps you’ve been procrastinating about replacing an old dishwasher, now is a great time to spring into action. The DC Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program officially starts today, October 25 and will run until the funding is exhausted. That means the rebates are first-come, first served, but there is close to $1 million in funds available for DC residents.
Applications have not been released for the rebate program but are scheduled to go live on the DC Department of the Environment website at 12:01 a.m. on October 25, according to the email announcement from LaKeisha Smith, the DDOE Energy Program Specialist. Rebates are available only for residential appliances that carry an Energy Star rating. Energy Star is the U.S. EPA’s program of rating certain types of appliances that meet specific energy savings criteria. Qualifying appliances must be purchased on or after October 25 (retroactive rebates will not be allowed) and must be used in a residential setting. Only new appliances that replace older, less efficient appliances are allowed for the program. Full program rules and instructions are on the website.
The rebate amount depends on the type of appliance being claimed and if it rates at or higher than the Energy Star rating, but range from $50 to $300 per item. Dishwashers, for example, are eligible for a $50 rebate but if the appliance exceeds certain energy criteria the rebate is increased to $75. Clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, boilers and furnaces are all included in the program.
The rebates on electric appliances are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Washington DC qualified for $502,000 which will be used to fund the residential rebates. Rebates for gas-powered water heaters, boilers and furnaces are being funded through the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund. DC has $486,000 to disperse for gas-powered equipment.