Archive for Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kansas to get $2.7 million in stimulus funds for appliance rebate program

July 14, 2009


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 “By replacing outdated appliances with new energy efficient models, Kansans can save money.”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.


somebodynew 8 years, 10 months ago

LJW - I hope you are planning a follow-up article. It would be good for people to know how the contact the official people disbursing the money, and what the rules are.

I can just see the scams now, "pay me $$ up front and I can get you a rebate". You know the scammers will come, so as soon as you can let people know the official channels.


jumpin_catfish 8 years, 10 months ago

somebodynew said....You know the scammers will come.

The scam is the stimulus bill forced on us by the fools in Washington.

deskboy04 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm going to go out and buy lots of new appliances! Can I get a toaster that doesn't toast bagels? I don't like them.

Jeff Plinsky 8 years, 10 months ago

Be careful Deskboy, saying you don't like bagels will get you in trouble with your clientele!

Angie Dick 8 years, 10 months ago

I am getting ready to by a new fridge, So this would be great. If I knew all the info!!

thefisherman 8 years, 10 months ago

As great as additional rebates sound, the fact of the matter is this money to fund this program doesn't exist until the government prints it. The rebate you enjoy on your new washer and dryer will be paid back by your children, and probably their children.

I hope you put the money into a 529 or some type of prepaid tuition plan so they at least get something out of the deal.

pace 8 years, 10 months ago

I wonder when the whining will ever stop. Where is the stimulus money? how can it make jobs? I am hopeful that stimulating people to buy more efficient machines, cars and appliances will be good for a lot of reasons. Encouraging people to replacing burnt out gas guzzling heaps, getting them off the road is a good idea. California tried to do it by outlawing them. This is better. How will it help families, families will be spending less on the ever increasing energy costs oil/coal, The demand for goods will create jobs, Smarter cars and appliances will protect the resources of this country. Just going to the gas station and seeing the savings will wake people up, that it is stupid to spend energy without getting the most for the buck. you think people were drunk with credit and phoney mortgages, we are spending, wasting energy like Las Vegas. We don't have a global Hoover dam. We need to use energy more wisely, when we waste it, it is literally like wasting the blood spilled by the troop in the oil fields. How we live is connected. Changing the type of light bulbs we use, which saves us money, it is something we can do. I am not horrified by the idea that we are investing in the every day life of families. The working class has been paying for corporate welfare, tax advantages for industry. This is a tough time to try to make a home, if it helps the working class, the economy and the environment, hell it is a better hand than has been dealt in a long time.

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