Why the rebate increase for Top Ten refrigerator and freezer models?
The Energy Star rebate program has been in effect since 1992. By now, most people have become familiar with the blue star and what it stands for: products earn the Energy Star distinction by adhering to energy regulations set out by the EPA.
But few consumers have a firm grasp on exactly what those standards are. Energy Star appliances are, at minimum, 20% more efficient than the average appliance. With dishwashers, the gap is closer to 40%.
That means that not all units are created equal – you could be considering two Energy Star refrigerators without realizing that one is 50% more efficient than the other.
Enter Top Ten USA, who publishes yearly rankings of the 10 most energy-efficient units across a wide range of consumer electronics categories. The increased rebates apply to all Top Ten ranked models: $50 back on refrigerators, and $25 back on chest freezers.
The new rebate program goes into effect on 1/1/2014. Take a look at most energy-efficient refrigerators on the market, which will be eligible for the $50 Energy Star rebate:
In addition, Energy Star endorses a handful of Most Efficient units on their website, which are also eligible for the maximum rebate of $50.
Full details of the new rebate program, effective Jan. 1st, 2014, are available on the Mass save website.
Looking to take advantage of the increased Energy Star rebates in 2014? Click the button below to download a comparison spreadsheet of every refrigerator eligible for this offer. You can filter and sort your options by brand, configuration, capacity, width, price, and (of course) average energy usage over the course of a year.