April 19 – 25 Energy Start Rebate Program (MO)

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If you are looking to purchase any new appliances, you might want to hang tight until April 19th (if you can).  The Missiouri Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday runs April 19th – 25th.  This can really add up to some big savings . 

You can score a couple of different rebates during this period:

1.  5% Cash back for using a preferred installer.

2.  Missouri State Rebate:  $100.00 on Tankless Water System or $125.00 on a Furnace.

3.  MGE’s Energy Sense Rebate:  $20o.00 for a qualifying tankless or furnace + a potential rebate with AC from your electric bill.

4. Federal Tax Credits:  Up to 30% off.

5.  Energy Savings for years to come.

You can find out more details and a list of Participating Preferred Installers to help you upgrade your system to something much more efficient right here.


  1. Eric in OP (also KCJohnGalt at SD) says

    I’ll pass – the GAO itself has revealed the potential for fraud in this program, and I personally will not buy an Energy Star appliance because I don’t believe they’ve been properly tested. Here’s a link from the Government Accountability Office, an official investigative arm of Congress (meaning they are legitimate), that proves what I’m saying – buyer beware on these appliances … I’m posting this because it’s important that people be told the truth about Energy Star certification, especially when it’s coming from the government itself …



    American consumers, businesses, and federal agencies rely on the Energy Star program to identify products that decrease greenhouse emissions and lower energy costs. In addition, the federal government and various states offer tax credits and other incentives to encourage the use of energy-efficient products including Energy Star products. Specifically, approximately $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used for state rebate programs on energy-efficient products. The Energy Star program, which began in 1992, is overseen jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Given the millions of dollars allocated to encourage use of Energy Star products and concerns that the Energy Star program is vulnerable to fraud and abuse, GAO was asked to conduct proactive testing to (1) obtain Energy Star partnership status for bogus companies and (2) submit fictitious products for Energy Star certification. To perform this investigation, GAO used four bogus manufacturing firms and fictitious individuals to apply for Energy Star partnership and submitted 20 fictitious products with fake energy-savings claims for Energy Star certification. GAO also reviewed program documents and interviewed agency officials and officials from agency Inspector General (IG) offices.

    GAO’s investigation shows that Energy Star is for the most part a self-certification program vulnerable to fraud and abuse. GAO obtained Energy Star certifications for 15 bogus products, including a gas-powered alarm clock. Two bogus products were rejected by the program and 3 did not receive a response. In addition, two of the bogus Energy Star firms developed by GAO received requests from real companies to purchase products because the bogus firms were listed as Energy Star partners. This clearly shows how heavily American consumers rely on the Energy Star brand. The program is promoted through tax credits and appliance rebates, and federal agencies are required to purchase certain Energy Star certified products. In addition, companies use the Energy Star certification to market their products and consumers buy products relying on the certification by the government of reduced energy consumption and costs. For example, in 2008 Energy Star reported saving consumers $19 billion dollars on utility costs. The table below details several fictitious GAO products certified by Energy Star. GAO found that for our bogus products, certification controls were ineffective primarily because Energy Star does not verify energy-savings data reported by manufacturers. Energy Star required only 4 of the 20 products GAO submitted for certification to be verified by an independent third party. For 2 of these cases GAO found that controls were effective because the program required an independent verification by a specific firm chosen by Energy Star. However, in another case because Energy Star failed to verify information provided, GAO was able to circumvent this control by certifying that a product met a specific safety standard for ozone emission. At briefings on GAO’s investigation, DOE and EPA officials agreed that the program is currently based on self-certifications by manufacturers. However, officials stated there are after-market tests and self-policing that ensure standards are maintained. GAO did not test or evaluate controls related to products that were already certified and available to the public. In addition, prior DOE IG, EPA IG, and GAO reports have found that current Energy Star controls do not ensure products meet efficiency guidelines.

  2. Eric in OP (also KCJohnGalt at SD) says

    p.s. Energy Star-‘certified’ appliances are more expensive than those that aren’t – when I was in the market for a refrigerator last year, ES models were usually $100+ more expensive than the directly comparable non-ES model. So if there is valid reason to be concerned about whether you’re actually saving any energy costs, there’s no real point in paying a premium.