Oregon - Residential Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

March 20, 2012


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.

As of December 15, 2009, Oregon's Residential Energy-Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is offering rebates for selected Energy Star appliances installed in low income households. This program is administered by a partnership of the Oregon Department of Energy, the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services, and Community Action Programs. Households with an annual income of 60% of the state's median income levels can replace low-efficiency or non-functioning heating systems. Prior to receiving a rebate and installing a new heating system, the existing heating system must be inspected by the local Community Action Program. These rebates are available for Energy Star natural gas furnaces and air source heat pumps (including ductless models). The rebate covers 70% of the cost of the appliances, up to $2,000. Certain low-income households may get 100% of the cost covered, with funding from the partner organizations.

Effective July 1, 2010, this program also offers rebates for water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers that are purchased on or after July 1, 2010. Rebates for these technologies are worth 70% of the cost of the appliance, up to $1,400 for an electric heat pump water heater or gas storage water heater, $1,200 for a gas tankless water heater, $700 for a refrigerator, $400 for a dishwasher, and $800 for a clothes washer. For more information, see the Oregon Department of Energy's web site.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/Recovery/Funding.shtml#State_Energy_Efficient_Appliance_Rebate_Program
Administrator: Oregon Department of Energy
Start Date: 12/15/2009
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
Incentive Amount: 70% of cost
Maximum Incentive: Varies by technology
Equipment Requirements: Must meet Energy Star standard
Installation Requirements: Appliance must be purchased on or after the program's start date

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.