State retailers have until April 19 to join Appliance Rebate Program


West Virginia retailers who wish to participate in the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program have until April 19, 2010, to sign on through the state Department of Environmental Protection.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the program will offer consumer mail-in rebates to help West Virginia residents replace older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.


To qualify for rebates, consumers must purchase appliances from participating West Virginia retailers. All Sears and Lowe’s stores and several independent appliance retailers have agreed to participate in the program to date. ENERGY STAR appliances eligible for rebates in West Virginia are clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners.


West Virginia’s program is tentatively scheduled to start in late April or early May. The program’s goals include reducing pollution, lowering energy bills for many West Virginians and stimulating the state’s economy. Participating retailers are required to recycle all used appliances collected.


West Virginia retailers interested in participating in the program should contact Greg Adolfson at the WVDEP at or (866) 568-6649, ext. 1332.


Tom Aluise
304-926-0499, ext. 1338