State to offer rebates on energy-efficient appliances

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Tom Plant(cq,left)the Director of Governor’s Energy Office and Jeffery Long(c



Coloradans who are in the market for new appliances and techniques to make their homes more energy efficient will soon be able to tap a state database for help, rebates and advice.

When the “Recharge Colorado” campaign starts April 19, complete with a new Web site, residents will have a “one-stop shop” for all that and more, said Tom Plant, director of the Governor’s Energy Office.

Recharge Colorado will put together information from federal, state, and local governments, as well as utilities, to give consumers as much information as possible as they consider updating appliances, look at using solar energy or consider whether to add insulation to their homes, Plant said.

The database will be complete enough that consumers will receive individualized information from their utilities, not all of which offer the same incentives, Plant said.

“There’s no single place now that people can go now for that kind of information,” Plant said.

Plant stopped at the Sears store in Mesa Mall to discuss the Recharge Colorado effort, which includes about $18 million worth of rebates, or about 75,000 rebates.

No rebates will be available retroactively, meaning that people who have already purchased appliances that otherwise would qualify won’t be eligible for the rebates. The rebates will apply only to purchases made with the program.

Customers can reserve their rebates when the Recharge Colorado Web site, not yet on line, is activated.

Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be combined with incentives offered by retailers, as well as those from utilities, Plant said.

Recharge Colorado will also include information about rebates that will be available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intended to encourage the use of devices that use less energy.

Retailers such as Sears will add to the savings for consumers who buy qualifying refrigerators by taking the old appliances for recycling, Plant said.

Grand Valley Power’s site, http://www.gvp.org., will have a link to the Recharge Colorado site, said Derek Elder, energy services administrator for Grand Valley Power.

Grand Valley Power also will have information about services it will provide in connection with the Recharge Colorado program, including energy audits, insulation installation and help with solar energy.


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