NM Rebates Still Available

New Mexico – State officials say the New Mexico Appliance Rebate Program still has funds available for consumers who purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washers, refrigerators or gas furnaces.

Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary Jon Goldstein says there's still time for New Mexicans to purchase appliances that will save them money over the long-term.

He says almost 4,000 appliance rebate applications have been approved and checks are on their way.

Over 8,000 applications have been downloaded from the rebate program website, but only 5,000 have been submitted.

About 2,500 total rebates are still available for clothes washers and refrigerators and nearly 600 rebates for gas furnaces.

The estimated lifetime savings in New Mexico from the appliance rebate program are about 7.1 million kilowatt-hours of energy, over 226 million gallons of water and nearly 14.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

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