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Bureau to renew energy-efficient appliances subsidy

BY Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

The government is to continue an incentive program aimed at encouraging consumers to purchase energy-efficient home appliances that also include televisions and monitors as part of the scheme, the Bureau of Energy said on Tuesday.

The renewed initiative, which lasts for three months through Aug. 16, provides consumers with a NT$2,000 subsidy for every energy-efficient purchase.

A budget of NT$700 million (US$23.6 million) has been allocated to assist consumers with the purchase of up to 350,000 energy-efficient appliances which, the government says, should boost domestic consumption by about NT$12.1 billion.

The bureau expects about 118 million kilowatt-hours of electricity would be saved each year, which translates into the equivalent of nearly NT$307 million in savings annually — a reduction of 72,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

For the first three months of this year, the government ran the program to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines, with the energy bureau’s figures showing a total of NT$682.54 million in subsidies being paid on 341,270 appliances.

The energy bureau said the purchases helped trigger NT$13.9 billion of trade in home appliances, while also saving about 97.34 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year which resulted in a cut of 59,600 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions, an amount equal to 153 times the quantity of carbon dioxide absorbed by Taipei’s Da-an Forest Park each year, it said.

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