SALEM — More than 3,200 low-income families in Oregon will collectively save about $155,000 a year in future energy bills thanks to a yearlong program run by the Oregon Department of Energy and Oregon Housing and Community Services.
The State Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program, which concluded earlier this year, provided rebates to 3,212 Oregon households that purchased Energy Star® appliances, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems and water heaters.
“The appliance rebate program was specifically aimed at low-income Oregon homeowners,” said Rebecca Sweetland of the energy department. “Oregon has had a Residential Energy Tax Credit program for many years that provided credits for premium energy efficient appliances, but without a tax liability, low-income homeowners could not benefit from the credit. The appliance rebate program helped them and it removed inefficient appliances.”
Devices replaced most through the program were air-source heat pumps (1,012), refrigerators (867) and gas furnaces (597).
Oregon received $3,634,201 from the federal stimulus program to implement SEEARP. Nearly 99 percent of this funding went directly to rebates.
For more information about the program, please go to the ODOE website at: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/Recovery/docs/SEEARP_impacts.pdf
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for home owners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.