WASHINGTON, DC – July 14, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Congressman Kendrick B. Meek today announced that Florida will receive up to $17,585,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for its state rebate program for consumer purchases of energy efficient appliances. The program will specifically fund home appliances designated as ENERGY STAR qualified.
“If we seek to become a more energy efficient nation, we need to start making common-sense changes in our homes,” said Meek. “Providing rebates to help families purchase more energy efficient appliances is a win-win that will both help the environment and stimulate the economy.”
Under the terms of the funding, Florida will be allowed to select which home ENERGY STAR appliances to include under its program and determine the rebate credit for each appliance. The funding may cover appliances such as central air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, furnaces, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 represents an unprecedented effort to spur economic growth and create jobs by making investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. Under the terms of the Recovery Act, states may use some of the funding by leveraging the resources of utility companies and local energy efficiency program sponsors.
U.S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek represents the 17th Congressional District of Florida which includes parts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. He serves as the lone Floridian sitting on the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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