GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $3.5 MILLION HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM: Rebates Are Available for High-Efficiency Refrigerators and Clothes Washers

Owen H. Johnson

March 21, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program” with $3.5 million in federal funds available to New York residents for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program began Monday, March 19.

The funding is being provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

Rebates of $350 will be available for high-efficiency refrigerators and $250 for high-efficiency clothes washers that meet Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) super-efficiency levels (tiers 2 and 3). Super-efficient appliances use significantly less electricity than the federal standard and are at the upper end of ENERGY STAR efficiency levels. Super-efficient clothes washers also use less water than standard washing machines. Visit for more detail about super-efficient refrigerators and clothes washers.

“This rebate program gives residents the funding to make their homes more energy efficient, it makes it possible for New Yorkers to spend less on energy costs, and it provides a needed boost to retailers across the state,” said Governor Cuomo.

The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Refrigerators and clothes washers are the appliances where we can make the biggest energy efficiency gains,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Last year's ‘Buy Green, Save Green’ appliance rebate was so successful that all of the available funding was allocated within a few days. We encourage those who are interested in this program to act quickly.”

Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for completed applications, which will be available on March 19 at or by calling 1-877- NY-SMART (877-697-6278). The site will list high-efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers that are eligible for rebates.

The program will continue until funding runs out.