Kansas will receive nearly $2.7 million in federal stimulus funds for an appliance rebate program, officials said Tuesday.
“Home appliances are a major contributor to Kansans’ monthly utility bills,” said Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Thomas Wright. “By replacing outdated appliances with new energy efficient models, Kansans can save money.”
The program will allow Kansans to get rebates when they purchase Energy Star qualified home appliances. These are appliances certified by the government as energy efficient.
States have the flexibility to determine which residential Energy Star qualified appliances to include in the program. Energy Star qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include central air conditioners, heat pumps, broilers, furnaces, room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators and water heaters, the KCC reported.
Kansas will receive 10 percent of the rebate funds after submitting an initial application on Aug. 15. A full application is due on Oct. 15, and the balance will be awarded upon program approval, officials said.
The funding is available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs,” said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.