Wisconsin ENERGY STAR® Rebate Program
Just 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.