California - Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

December 07, 2010


Note: Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing a total of $300 million to U.S. states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia to establish rebate programs for new energy-efficient appliances that replace existing appliances in homes. Each state and territory has designed its own program. Rebates will be available until the state or territory program's funding is exhausted. Be sure to confirm that rebate funds are still available in your state or territory before making purchasing decisions. California is providing rebates to California residents who purchase qualifying energy efficient refrigerators, room air conditioners and clothes washers on and after April 22, 2010 until funds are depleted. California expanded the program on July 29, 2010 to include rebates for dishwashers, freezers and HVAC systems. To qualify for a rebate, the new appliance must be replacing an older, less efficient appliance. Participants must recycle their existing appliance through a California Certified Recycler. Recycling services may also be provided by Platinum retailers, utility-buy back programs, and some city or county governments. Participants must obtain and submit to the program administrator a signed proof of recycling form along with the rebate application form, a copy of the sales receipt for the purchased appliance, a copy of their most recent utility bill dated 60 days or less (to prove residency), and the original, bright yellow EnergyGuide label from the purchased appliance.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: California Energy Commission
Start Date: 4/22/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
Incentive Amount: Refrigerators: $200
Clothes Washers: $100
Room Air Conditioners: up to $50
Dishwashers: $100
Freezers: $50
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $300
Solar Water Heaters: $750
HVAC: $500 - $1000
Equipment Requirements: Appliances must be on the U.S. Department of Energy's list of "pre-screened" appliances and be certified to the Energy Commission as meeting California's Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations as required by state law.
HVAC equipment must meet minimum efficiency levels stated on website.
Installation Requirements: Equipment must be replacing older, less efficient equipment. The appliance that is being replaced must be recycled, and the program participant must provide evidence that the old appliance was recycled.


Name: Cash For Appliances
Address: P.O. Box 12150
La Crescenta CA 91224
Phone: (888) 390-4034

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.