Want cash back? Get that paperwork done!
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The state’s Recharge Colorado program is off to a roaring start, as about 27,000 Coloradans have reserved more than 27,000 rebates for energy efficient appliances and improvements to their homes.
At about two-and-a-half weeks into the program, state officials are reminding people who made their reservation for a rebate early to be aware of the 30-day deadline for buying the appliance and mailing in the required paperwork. For many people, that means the deadline is coming up in mid-May.
Deadline information is on the confirmation page of the rebate paperwork, or by logging on to www.rechargecolorado.com.
Rebates associated for home energy efficiency improvements, including insulation, energy audits, energy monitors, duct sealing, furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters, have a longer window for redeeming rebates, at 45 days. Contractors working with customers on renewable energy projects, including solar electric, solar thermal and small wind, have a slightly different application process and should refer to their confirmation document.
Consumers are responding enthusiastically to energy rebates. According to a press release from the Governor’s Energy Office reservations for basic appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines are currently on a wait-list status, as are rebates for residential solar thermal systems.
Nevertheless, interested consumers are still encouraged to apply, as some rebates won’t be redeemed and will then be available for those on the wait list. Rebate applications for one item – gas tankless water heaters – are closed. Many thousands of rebates remain for home energy efficiency work, including efficient furnaces, insulation and air sealing, energy monitors and audits, as well as hot water heaters. Rebates also remain for solar power and wind systems.
The public is also encouraged to visit www.rechargecolorado.com and to learn about its many features beyond rebates. The new website includes an energy action planner to create a plan to save energy in the home, an energy incentive finder, which leads Coloradans to all the local, state, utility and federal rebates and tax credits by zip code as well as listings for service providers nearby. The site also includes numerous tips for saving energy and money, as well as news items and success stories tied to the New Energy Economy.