South Carolina will have $3.9 million for rebates on energy-efficient appliances when it rolls out its cash-for-clunkers appliance program in March or April, state Energy Office director John Clark said.
The South Carolina program will offer between $50 and $500 rebates at the point of sale for consumers buying Energy Star energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, freezers, water heaters and heating and air conditioning systems.
Details should be announced early next year.
The state program is part of a $300 million nationwide appliance rebate plan funded in the federal economic stimulus bill.
States receive funding based on population, Clark said.
"It's not a terrible amount of money, but it will help advertise the efficiency of Energy Star appliances," he said.
The amount of the rebate will be based on the cost of the appliance and the difference in the cost between a standard appliance and an Energy Star model, Clark said.
South Carolina will require that older operating appliances be turned in to be recycled in order to claim the rebate.
"If you take the 10-year-old refrigerator and put it in the garage and put beer in it, you will be increasing the amount of electricity you are using," Clark said. "You have to get rid of the inefficient one."
The state will set up a computerized system that tracks every sale so it will know when the money is exhausted.
Retailers will not be able to offer a rebate without getting a rebate number for the appliance from the S.C. Energy Office.
Once the money runs out, the program will end.
"We have no room to overspend," Clark said.