President Obama is kicking in $1,500 of your and Joe The Plumber's hard earned money to defray the cost of my new central air conditioning system.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his heating and cooling needs.
There may be another $1,500 from the State of Florida. I guess Governor Charlie Crist is a socialist too. There was a story on the news that sent me to this. The state rebate, in the form of a prepaid Amex, can be piggybacked onto the the $1,500 from The Fed Gov. A bit more complicated and I'll have to delay the install from Weds till next Monday to qualify but I'll have my HVAC guy on the phone tomorrow.
Sadly, even if I get $3,000 in rebates it's still far from a free system.
The Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program is designed to encourage existing homeowners to replace their old energy-inefficient heating and cooling system with a properly-sized energy efficient system and to ensure that their heating and cooling duct system has minimal leakage.
Qualifying Appliances: The following Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) standards have been set by the federal government to meet the Federal Energy Tax Credits. Systems that meet the Federal Energy Tax Credits standards will also meet Florida’s ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program standards
Other Requirements to Qualify: In addition to purchasing a new central air conditioner, air source heat pump or geothermal heat pump in Florida that meets the Federal Energy Tax Credits standards, Florida homeowners must also hire either a Florida Class 1 rater, a State of Florida licensed Mechanical Contractor, or a recognized test and balance agent to perform a duct test on their home to document that the home has no more than 15 percent leakage to the outside (as indicated by a score of 0.10 Qn.out).