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2014 appliance incentives
The qualifications for new clothes washers, refrigerators and freezers won’t change in 2014. Reduced prices on CFLs, LEDs and efficient showerheads will also continue. Please note the 2014 refrigerator and freezer recycling incentive change. The following tables summarizes 2013 and 2014 appliance incentives:
|ENERGY STAR® clothes washers with a Modified Energy Factor, MEF, of 2.4-2.59
|ENERGY STAR clothes washers with an MEF of 2.6 or greater
|ENERGY STAR freezers
|Refrigerator and freezer recycling for units manufactured before 1993*
|Refrigerator and freezer recycling for units manufactured in 1993 or after*
* JACO verifies the age of recycled units once they are picked up.
Important dates to remember
Keep these important announcements in mind as you plan ahead in November and December:
Industry News: Two significant appliance testing procedures are now combined
- November 28, 2013: Energy Trust Products call center will be closed for Thanksgiving.
- March 31, 2014: The deadline for submitting completed 2013 appliance incentive applications. Have your customers apply online for faster processing. Benefits of applying online include:
- Customers receive the most current application and terms and conditions.
- Customers can track the status of their submitted application.
- Customers receive their incentive check within four to six weeks; instead of the six to eight weeks needed for paper applications.
On September 26, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that they have teamed with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, on ENERGY STAR® appliance testing procedures. The collaboration makes AHAM an Environmental Protection Agency approved certification body. AHAM will now conduct testing for the ENERGY STAR appliance program, eliminating the need for multiple tests. This helps reduce testing costs and allows more savings to be passed on to the consumer. Visit www.energy.gov for more information.
Choose a Light Guide by ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® has an interactive online lighting guide to help customers learn about color temperature, lumens and other lighting topics. Consumers can view a cross section of a house, choose fixtures to replace and see how different lighting color temperatures affect space.
New web pages now available for retailers
Visit the Choose a Light Guide to learn how to help your customers make lighting choices.
Retailers of energy-efficient products have unique opportunities to educate their customers on energy and cost savings. Energy Trust launched new retail web pages this fall to provide incentive information, training materials, applications, announcements and more.
Fill a Fridge campaign extended through 2013
The retail web pages give you a new way to communicate with Energy Trust, find answers to your questions and leave feedback. Visit often for quick access to the latest program information and updates.
Your field representative will continue to visit on a regular basis, and you are encouraged to provide feedback. To learn more, visit the Retail web page.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Fill a Fridge campaign a success. Between May 1 and July 31, customers donated more than $12,560 in refrigerator and freezer recycling incentives to Oregon Food Bank—the equivalent of 37,680 meals distributed. Because of the positive response, Energy Trust has extended the donation opportunity through the end of 2013.
Clothes washers now have a sustainability standard
Trade allies are encouraged to remind customers that they can participate by scheduling their pickup online or by calling 1.866.444.8907 and telling the representative they would like to donate their refrigerator and freezer recycling incentive to Oregon Food Bank.
In May, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, CSA Group and Underwriters Laboratories released the first sustainability standards for clothes washers. This is the second type of home appliance to see new standards take effect. The first standard was set for refrigerators in the summer of 2012.
Refrigerator and freezer recycling scheduling is available online
Retailers, manufacturers and governments can now measure the sustainability of each clothes washer they sell, make or regulate. To measure the sustainability of clothes washers, testers will look at materials, manufacturing and operations, energy and water consumption during use, end-of-life management, consumables and innovation.
Learn more about the new clothes washer sustainability standard.
Encourage customers to schedule pickup and recycling of old refrigerators and freezers online. Customers can schedule online at any time and will receive an email confirmation of their scheduled pickup date.
Important upcoming dates
To get started, customers can visit www.energytrust.org/fridgerecycling. Customers without internet access can call 1.866.444.8907 to schedule a pickup.
Note these important dates on your calendar:
Industry news: New efficiency standards increase appliance performance
Thursday, August 29
Introduction to Efficient Lighting and Controls webinar: Learn about energy efficiency and lighting controls in this one-hour introductory webinar hosted by Portland General Electric. Visit PGE’s education calendar to sign up.
Monday, September 2
Energy Trust Products call center will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE, released a report indicating that appliance performance and features continue to improve, even after new efficiency standards are implemented.
ACEEE reviewed historical price, performance and feature data on 10 products impacted by federal efficiency standards changes. The report concluded that the performance of these appliances continued to improve after efficiency standards changed, and prices generally decreased or remained the same. Read the full report here.