In anticipation of a hike in the price of electricity, people last month were applying for government subsidies for energy-efficient home appliances in greater numbers than previously, the Bureau of Energy said on Saturday.
Under the bureau’s subsidy program, people who purchased energy-efficient air conditioners, refrigerators or washing machines between Jan. 1 and March 31, and who apply before April 30, are eligible for a subsidy of NT$2,000 (US$67.75) per unit.
In the first month of the program, applications for 33,000 units were received, while applications for 58,000 units were received in February and 153,000 units last month, according to the bureau.
The total has already exceeded the targeted goal of 300,000 units for the period, the bureau said.
Citing rising temperatures, the bureau said the number of people that applied for subsidies for their newly purchased air conditioners increased sharply last month, accounting for 48.2 percent of all applications.