The Iowa Appliance Rebate program was incredibly popular, and probably deeply underfunded at $2,881,000. It was so popular, in fact, that it closed the same day it opened: March 1, 2010. Because the information was important, and because it generated such great interest, this website preserves the legacy documentation of this important program. The state program was managed by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
The purpose of the program was to promote energy efficiency by offering Iowa consumers the opportunity to replace their old, energy-wasting appliances with newer models that were ENERGY STAR® qualified. Documentation on this website gives information on the product categories that were eligible for rebate, the specific products and models in some categories, such as clothes washers and refrigerators, planning areas/landfills for appliance disposal, and more.
The program offered the rebate money, ranging from $150 to $500 per appliance, via the U.S. mail, and the website originally offered a way for consumers to check on the status of that rebate, but that information is no longer available here.
The program delivered $2.7 million to consumers (the remainder of the funding went to management expenses), boosting the state’s economy as well as promoting energy efficiency and reducing emissions. Many small businesses throughout the state were thrilled with the surge in appliance sales.
The rebate program was national, offered in all fifty states, plus territories. It closed immediately in most areas just as it did in Iowa, although Alaska, Oregon, California, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands were able to keep the programs going longer than the majority of locations. By the end of 2011, the total amount of rebate money sent to consumers was over $254 million. 88% of all rebates went to the purchase of major appliances, 10% went to HVAC replacement, and 2% went to water heaters. The smallest allocation of funding was to the Northern Mariana Islands ($100,000) and the U.S. Virgin Islands ($104,000). The largest amount of money went to the populous states of California ($35,267,000), Texas ($23,341,000), and New York ($18,700,000).