District of Columbia - Residential Energy Efficient Appliance Rebates

December 19, 2011


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 and the District of Columbia has chosen to supplement federal funds with additional funding from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF). 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.

The District of Columbia's energy efficient appliance rebate program and residential weatherization and efficiency rebate program opened on October 25, 2010. The program will continue to accept applications until available funding is exhausted. Purchases made prior to the opening date of the program are not eligible for a rebate.

State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
This program offers rebates ranging from $100 - $600 for Energy Star listed clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and electric heat pump hot water heaters. Most appliances have standard rebate levels, but higher rebates are available for dishwashers that meet more stringent energy and water use requirements. Funds for electric appliance rebates are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) state energy efficient appliance rebate program (SEEARP).

Residential Efficiency Rebate Program
Rebates under this program range from $200 - $600 for qualifying gas storage water heaters, residential gas boilers, and residential gas furnaces. All Energy Star listed appliances of these types qualify for an incentive. Funding for gas appliance  rebates comes from the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF).

Please visit the program web site for additional information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: District of Columbia
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.green.dc.gov/green/cwp/view,a,1244,q,463305.asp
Administrator: District Department of the Environment
Start Date: 10/25/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Doors
Incentive Amount: Clothes Washer: $250
Dishwasher: $100 - $150 (varies by efficiency, water use)
Refrigerator: $200
Electric Heat Pump Water Heater: $600
Gas Storage Water Heater: $400
Residential Gas Boiler: $600
Residential Gas Furnace: $400
Maximum Incentive: Appliances: determined by incentive level, limited to one rebate per category
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must be Energy Star listed under the most current standards; higher rebates for dishwashers that meet more stringent energy and water use requirements
Installation Requirements: Must be installed in replacement of an existing appliance of the same type


Name: LaKeisha Smith
Organization: District Department of the Environment
Address: 51 N Street NE, 6th Floor
Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 673-6733
Email: lakeisha.estep@dc.gov

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.