For Immediate Release - April 22, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Will Launch "Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange" Thursday, April 22

Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Earth Day, federal stimulus-funded rebate program will reward consumers who trade energy-guzzling appliances for new, super-efficient models

BOSTON - April 21, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles today reminded consumers that tomorrow, Thursday, April 22, marks the start of the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange - a limited time, federal stimulus-funded opportunity to qualify for rebates of up to $250 per appliance on the purchase of energy-efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and freezers.

Open only to Massachusetts households, the Department of Energy Resources' (DOER) Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange requires consumers to trade in old, inefficient models as part of their purchase. Consumers should also obtain rebate reservations either online or by phone before purchasing rebate-eligible appliances. Consumers can make rebate reservations beginning at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22 - and must do so to qualify for a rebate, even if stores are open and selling rebate-eligible appliances before 10 a.m. Visit www.MassSave.com/GAX for the online reservation form, phone number and other program details, such as eligible appliance models, participating Massachusetts retailers and rebate amounts

"With appliances consuming a lion's share of electricity in many homes, tomorrow marks the start of a great - but brief - opportunity," Governor Deval Patrick said. "Consumers who take advantage of the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange will reap double savings - when they purchase the new appliance, and when they pay lower monthly utility bills for years to come."

"Through the assistance and support of federal stimulus funds, we encourage our residents to use this state rebate program as a resource to help them cut costs and save money for their household needs while also promoting energy efficiency and protecting the environment," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

"I encourage anyone who has been thinking about getting a new dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer or freezer to do it now," Secretary Bowles said. "Participating in this limited time offer and buying a high-efficiency appliance will save you money and help us build a clean energy future for the Commonwealth."

The federal stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by the President last year allocated $6.2 million to Massachusetts to administer an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program designed to spur significant household energy savings by taking high energy consuming home appliances out of service and replacing them with qualified ENERGY STAR models. Since appliances are among the heaviest energy users in most homes, the program is expected to yield significant annual energy savings for consumers who participate - potentially cutting energy bills by hundreds of dollars if more than one appliance is replaced.

The Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange is a limited time only offer. Rebate reservations must be made and appliances purchased between April 22 and May 5, 2010. Funding is limited and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted. Old appliances must be working when exchanged for more efficient models, and will be picked up and hauled away for recycling when the new, efficient appliances are delivered.

The Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange will offer rebates of $250 for qualified dishwashers, $200 for qualified refrigerators, $175 for qualified clothes washers and $50 for qualified freezers. Consumers can qualify for up to four rebates - one on each appliance type.

"The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day is the perfect time to launch the appliance rebate program. These rebates are no-brainers. They're incentives that will help consumers across Massachusetts save money, make their homes energy efficient, and protect our environment," said US Senator John Kerry.

Rebate steps (posted at www.MassSave.com/GAX) include:
 

  1. Starting on April 22, obtain reservation number(s) and rebate form(s) by visiting www.MassSave.com/GAX or calling 1-877-MA-SWAP-1 (627-9271) between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Customers who call the hotline can opt to receive rebate forms electronically or via mail. Make sure to get a printout of the rebate form.
  2. Visit a pre-approved Massachusetts retail store (a list of stores can be found at www.MassSave.com/GAX).
  3. Choose and purchase an eligible model (a complete list of eligible models can be found at www.MassSave.com/GAX).
  4. Schedule delivery of new unit and removal of old unit with retailer.
  5. Fill out rebate form that is pre-printed with your reservation number(s) on it.
  6. When sending in completed application, include documentation necessary for verification purposes:
    • Rebate form with the pre-printed reservation number(s) (one for each appliance purchased);
    • A copy of sales receipt showing appliance was purchased during the time period of April 22 - May 5, 2010, and containing manufacturer, make and complete model number of the product, as well as store address and sales price for each product purchased;
    • A copy of a recent electric utility bill with account number for the installation address;
    • A copy of delivery document confirming pick up of old appliance(s).
  7. Send completed rebate form for processing (address provided on rebate form) postmarked by June 19, 2010.

"Through the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange, approximately 27,000 inefficient appliances will be taken out of service, saving 2.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity - enough to power 340 households for a year," DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice said. "The Commonwealth is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy, Massachusetts public utilities and participating retail stores to make this happen."

Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange sponsoring utilities and energy efficiency service providers include Cape Light Compact, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Unitil.

"Governor Patrick's Cash for Appliances program is great for consumers in the short-term as they reap the benefits of a rebate, and in the long-term as they save money by using less energy," said Barbara Anthony, the Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. "The program also benefits us all through conservation and a renewed emphasis on what we can all do in our homes to cut our energy usage."

"This Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange opportunity will produce significant annual energy savings and will help homes throughout the Commonwealth become more energy efficient. With this rebate, citizens throughout Massachusetts who would like to increase their home's energy efficiency and save money will have the opportunity to do so at a more affordable price. This initiative is a large step in the right direction and I urge those interested to take advantage of this opportunity," said Senator Marc Pacheco, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight.

"The Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange not only helps the environment by conserving energy, it also allows families to save money each month on their energy bills," said Representative David Linsky, House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. "For example, according to energystar.gov, if your washing machine is at least ten years old, you can save $135 per year on your energy bills when you purchase a certified Energy Star washing machine. This is in addition to the rebate that you can receive from the appliance exchange."

Investment in energy efficiency is a critical component of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:
 

  • Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
  • Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future, and support clean energy, broadband, and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
  • Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades