Wisconsin ENERGY STAR® Rebate Program

July 15 by
Filed under: Energy 

energy-star1Just yesterday the Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for a $300 million rebate plan to encourage the purchase of energy efficient appliances.  Only new ENERGY STAR® appliances will be eligible.  Wisconsin will receive about $5.4 through this program.  Each state will administer their own rebate program and will deterimine which appliances will qualify.  The DOE anticipates most of the funding to be available by the end of November.

Our energy savings tip for this week is to assess your appliances and determine if you should consider replacing an old refrigerator, central air conditioner, furnace, clothes washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, or water heater.  We do not know at this time which appliances will qualify for the Wisconsin program or exactly when the program will be released.  However, if you plan ahead and do your research now, you may be in a position to act quickly when this program is unveiled later this year.

The DOE rebate program could be helpful to consumers in Southeastern Wisconsin.  On July 6th, Thomas Content of JSOnline reported that WE Energies is proposing a 7% raise in residential electric bills in 2010.  This is an increase from their previous forecast of a 4.9% increase to consumers.  According to JSOnline, the 7% raise in WE Energies bills next year would mean an increase of $64 for consumers using 600 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.

Each Wednesday we highlight an energy savings tip to help Milwaukee area consumers try to reduce their utility bill.  Follow this link to see all of our previous energy savings tips.


5 Comments on Wisconsin ENERGY STAR® Rebate Program

  1. Daryl Lynaugh on Sat, 2nd Jan 2010 1:48 PM

    I am thinking of replacing my chest freezer and woundering if there is any rebates to do so. what are they and where do I apply for them and what is the rebate in dollars.

  2. Milwaukee Consumer on Sun, 3rd Jan 2010 9:22 PM


    Details on the rebates vary from state to state.

    If you live in Wisconsin, check out the Focus on Energy website as they are the ones administering the rebate program for the state of Wisconsin. This page discusses qualified refrigerators and freezers.

    Otherwise, find out what entity is administering the program in your state and check with them.

    Good luck with your purchase!

  3. John Megna on Sun, 31st Jul 2011 8:30 PM

    I just had a new furnace and central air cond. installed. I’m wondering if there are tax breaks, or rebates out there now.

  4. Milwaukee Consumer on Tue, 2nd Aug 2011 11:26 AM


    Check out the residential incentives on the Focus on Energy website. There may be some that could apply to your situation. Ideally your contractor would have alerted you any tax incentives or rebates available. Perhaps it’s worth calling your contractor to ask.

    Good luck!

  5. Nancy Turecek on Thu, 21st Nov 2013 5:30 PM

    I am building a new home in northwest Wisconsin. I am looking for rebates on appliances, heating & cooling, and windows. I seem to keep running into a wall; I am reading that rebates are not available on new construction, my window supplier tells me I do the rebates with my tax return, I check with my tax person and she says the IRS is not giving rebates this year. Can you steer me in the right direction?

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