Energy Efficiency Products Program



Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Credits

When an old inefficient refrigerator is moved to a garage or basement, it can take twice as much energy to keep food cold and can cost over $100 a year to operate. To encourage recycling of old units, EEA members qualify for a substantial refrigerator/freezer recycling credit to properly dispose of their old units. Don't move that old refrigerator to the garage, recycle it to safe energy and money!

During Earth Week in April, EEA sponsors the Refrigerator Recycling Event. Members are required to bring a completed certificate to the recycling center with the unit when delivered for recycling. Please include your account number, and current contact information. Following the event, the certified recycling centers will turn in proof of receipt to EEA and each participating member will receive a $60 credit on their electric bill. Please allow up to two billing cycles to receive a credit following this event. 


EEA and its power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission will pay credits to their consumers for installing electric water heaters, electric heating systems and/or energy efficient motors, commercial energy efficiency lighting upgrades, and Energy Star® rated appliances. All credit must be requested within 120 days of purchase.  Contact EEA in Cortez at 970-565-4444 or 800-709-3726 for more information.   

Energy Star® Appliance Rebates

To help you make the most of your energy, EEA members can receive rebates on the purchase of NEW Energy Star® qualified appliances.  Rebates are available on select refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, and dishwashers.  A recycling credit is also  provided when you take your old refrigerator or freezer to a certified recycling location during the special event scheduled around Earth Week in April. 

Energy Star® Appliance Rebate amounts effective on January 1, 2017. 

New Energy Star® Refrigerator or Freezer                                            $60

New Energy Star® Front Load Clothes Washer                                     $80

New Energy Star® Top Load Clothes Washer                                        $60

New Energy Star® Certified Clothes Dryer                                             $60

New Energy Star® Certified Dishwasher                                                $40

New Energy Star® Hybrid (Ventless) Clothes Dryer                             $180

You must receive permanent electric service from EEA to qualify.  Applications must be submitted within 120 days of purchase.  Appliance rebates and recycling credits will be issued as a credit on your electric bill. Please allow at least two billing cycles for the rebate to appear.  EEA reserves the right to inspect the installation of any rebated appliance.  Please review program details very carefully. 

Qualified Appliances

To qualify for rebates, your appliances must be on the list of official Energy Star® qualifying appliances. Please review the list before purchasing your new appliance. 

Electric Water Heaters Rebate Incentives • Basic Unit - 30 to 55 gallon resistance water heaters $60 per unit • $40 additional per unit with lifetime tank warranty 

• Ground source heat pump powered or desuperheater (waste heat) $200 per unit • $50 per unit additional incentive for lifetime tank warranty on heat pump waste heat units

• Heat Pump Water Heater (air to water and may have a back-up resistance element) • Residential units must be Energy Star® rated and commercial installations are open to all systems. • $700 per unit – 30 gallon minimum