How To – Finding Energy Star Rebate Programs

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    The Federal Government works with product manufacturers and distributors to provide discounts on products used in our businesses and homes that reduce energy consumption.

    Often the rebate information is listed on the product in the store when you purchase it but more often then not rebates never make it to the consumer.

    You also have situations where a retailer might push a non-rebate product over a rebated product because they make more on the sale.

    For this reason it is important that you take the time to do a little research before you make your purchases. If the money that is allocated for rebates is not used then it can go back into the federal government or departments general fund and might endup being used for programs you won’t benefit from.

    So where can you find government rebates?

    A good place to start is the EPA’s Website. Their Rebate Locator will show rebates in your area.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator

    Another great place to look is your local and state government websites. They often have additional programs that make use of Federal and State dollars.

    You should also check with your Retailer and Manufacturer but remember that they might not know about all government rebates on their products because they are not always the place that you send in your coupons to get the rebate.

    Finally if you are purchasing appliances you should check with your utilities company. Almost every Utility whether Gas, Electric or Water has a list of products that you can purchase at discount.

    Stacking your rebates is a good idea. You should also match rebate programs with retail sales.

    what types of products can you get on discount or with rebates?

    Appliances

    Clothes Washers
    Dishwashers
    Refrigerators & Freezers
    Residential Dehumidifiers
    Room Air Conditioners
    Water Coolers
    Fans
    Ceiling Fans
    Residential Ventilation Fans

    Heating and Cooling Equipment

    Boilers
    Ceiling Fans
    Central AC
    Electric Air-Source Heat Pump
    Furnaces
    Geothermal Heat Pumps
    Programmable Thermostats
    Home Electronics
    Audio and DVD Products
    Combination Units
    Cordless Phones
    DVD Products
    Home Audio
    Phones and Answering Machines
    Set-top Boxes
    Televisions

    Home Envelope

    Insulation
    Roof Products
    Windows, Doors & Skylights
    Lighting Products
    CFL Bulbs
    Ceiling Fans
    Decorative Light Strings
    Light Fixtures

    Office Equipment

    Computers
    Copiers
    Copiers and Fax Machines
    Digital Duplicators
    Fax Machines
    Mailing Machines
    Monitors
    Multifunction Devices
    Notebook Computers/Tablet PCs
    Printers
    Printers, Scanners, and All-in-Ones
    Scanners
    Residential Water Heaters
    Gas Condensing
    Heat Pump
    High-Efficiency Gas Storage
    Solar – Electric
    Solar – Gas
    Whole-Home Gas Tankless

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