Washington State Energy-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) Spurs Local Economy, Promotes State-Wide Partnership

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Rebates for energy-efficient appliances.
State of Washington works to save money, spur economic activity, and promote energy-efficient appliance options.
Locations: Washington
Partners: State of Washington
EERE Investment: $6.2 million
Clean Energy Sector: Energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturingPDF

As a result of funding provided from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, EERE was able to partner with the State of Washington to implement a Residential Appliance Rebate program. The program is focused on saving the greatest amount of energy possible, spurring economic activity, and promoting energy-efficient options in the appliance market. Rebates ranging from $75 to $750 were offered for ENERGY STAR® quali­fied clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, ductless air source heat pumps, and water heaters. Between March and November of 2010, more than 41,000 rebates were paid to Washington residents. Sales of ENERGY STAR clothes washers and dishwashers from the program will save more than 161 million gallons of water per year. Annual energy savings generated from Washington’s SEEARP totaled 35 billion British thermal units—enough energy to power the Washington State Legislative Building for three years. Retailers and utilities contributed $937,000 to this program.

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy saving solutions—better products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.

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