Sen. Tom Colapietro announced
“People are hurting,” said Colapietro. He said the rebates should help stimulate the economy by encouraging people to buy appliances.
Those who can afford to replace old appliances, he said, will save themselves some “real money” as the buyers get a rebate and the stores get a sale.
“Everybody wins,” said Colapietro, comparing the deal to the “cash for clunkers” program. “We try to help people as much as we can.”
The rebates are easy to get, Colapietro said. He said the forms are online and simple to fill out, joking that even he was able to manage it.
Rebates are $50 for refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners, $100 for washers and $500 for central air systems.
The rebate program runs through the end of April and may be extended if funds remain. State residents are eligible for one rebate per appliance but can get as many as three for room air conditioners.
Federal tax credits are already in place for people who make larger investments in energy saving measures in the home, such as new windows.
Colapietro praised BCO for offering many types of assistance, and the expertise to help people find the help they need from other agencies as well.
“The trouble with people today is they don’t know where to go for help,” said Colapietro. “There’s lots of help for people.”
Thomas Morrow, executive director of BCO, said the agency has seen “unprecedented increases” in the number of people seeking help with energy costs.
Compared with two years ago, the number of applicants is up 200 percent, Morrow said.
“It’s a whole new class of client,” said Morrow, many of whom have never sought help before.
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“It’s a great organization,” said
“I’m so glad that I found out that they were here,” he said.
Another way people can save, Colapietro said, is to shop around for electricity. He said the power companies are required to provide a list of competing electricity suppliers if asked.
Consumers can purchase power from a variety of outlets, Colapietro said, and may be able to save $10 to $15 a month by doing so, if they’re careful shoppers.
“Read the fine print,” he cautioned.
More information on the rebate program is available online at www.ct.gov/opm/ApplianceRebates. Forms will be available in stores after Feb. 1 and forms will be sent in the mail to those who call 1-877-947-3873.