North Carolina - Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

March 20, 2012


The North Carolina Energy Office has reopened the Energy Efficient Rebate program for a third phase. Applications will be processed until remaining ARRA funding has been exhausted.

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.

North Carolina originally offered rebates for certain Energy Star appliances in two phases. Phase One offered 15% instant rebates on the purchase of Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers from April 22, 2010 through April 25, 2010. Phase Two offered rebates for Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, central air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps and water heaters, including solar water heaters, purchased on or after June 1, 2010.

The North Carolina Energy Office is using remaining ARRA funds to open a third phase of applications for rebates on qualified appliances purchased on or after January 1, 2012.

The appliance must be purchased from a North Carolina retailer. Online purchases will not qualify. Appliances must be replacing an existing less efficient appliance, and participants must either have the retailer properly dispose of the old appliance, or certify to the retailer that the old appliance is being properly disposed of or recycled. Rebates will be issued in the form of a prepaid Visa card. 

Recipients of grants in the Hurricane Appliance Replacement Program are not eligible to participate.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: NC Energy Office
Start Date: 6/1/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
Incentive Amount: Central Air Conditioner: $300
Clothes Washer: $100
Dishwasher: $75
Freezer: $75
Gas Furnace: $300
Gas Storage Water Heater: $200
Gas Tankless Water Heater: $200
Heat Pump: $300
Refrigerator: $150
Solar Water Heater (electric or gas back-up): $200
Equipment Requirements: Must be Energy Star certified, and must be replacing an existing appliance. Participant must have retailer haul away or recycle the old appliance, or certify to the retailer that the appliance is being properly disposed of. Online appliance purchases are not eligible.

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.