Going green puts green in Ala. pockets

Alabama to receive funding to encourage energy efficiency

WASHINGTON - Alabama is set to receive over $4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for consumer purchases of ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances.

The funding is part of the Obama administrations attempt to make American homes more energy efficient, while encouraging economic recovery.

"Appliances consume a huge amount of our electricity, so there's enormous potential to both save energy and save families money every month," said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  "These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs."

Products available for rebate include: central air conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.

The new funding will be awarded to states through their energy offices, which requires each state to supply a plan that states which ENERGY STAR appliances will be included in their rebate program. Funding is expected by November 30, 2009.

For more information on these and other Recovery Act related funding opportunities, visit www.energy.gov/recovery.