Were you looking for Bus Rebates? The EPA’s 2017 School Bus Rebate Application Period is opening this Fall!
In 2009, as part of the economic stimulus passed by the Administration, the Department of Transportation ran a very well-known program called Cash for Clunkers. This effort got just over 690,000 inefficient cars off the road and improved the average mileage from 15.8 miles per gallon to 24.0 according to Kelly Blue Book. Small cars and trucks are no longer eligible for rebates from the DOT, however The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 allows EPA to offer incentives for upgrading older diesel fueled vehicles. These incentives have been offered since 2012, and despite cuts to the EPA the program is still going strong in 2017! Better yet, the budget has increased year after year, from $1.88 million in 2012 to about $7.25 million in 2016.
The 2017 program is opening by October. We’ll let you know when we hear that it does, and you can follow along from the EPA directly here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates
While you’re waiting to upgrade the buses, you can upgrade the lighting to LED, improve insulation, and retrofit other parts of the facilities. Rebates will help with the upfront cost, and pretty soon students and faculty will benefit from the reduced operating costs!
Till Next Time,