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"Cash for Appliances" - Coming Soon!!

By the end of 2009, consumers nationwide will be able to take advantage of a federal "cash for appliances" program offering rebates on purchases of a wide array of home appliances certified as energyefficient by the EPA's Energy Star program. Backed by an initial $300 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the state-run rebate program is intended to help make American homes more energy-efficient while further stimulating the economy.

Who Will Run the Program?

Each state will administer its own cash for appliances program. The states will be free to select which residential Energy Star qualified appliances to include in their programs and the individual rebate amount offered for each appliance.

What Can You Buy?

The Department of Energy (DOE) has recommended that the states focus their cash for appliances rebate efforts on heating and cooling equipment, appliances, and water heaters as these products offer the greatest energy savings potential. Energy Star qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include: central air conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.

When Does it Start?

The DOE plans to have distributed funding to the states by November 30. As a result, the cash for appliances rebates could be available in stores just in time for Christmas shopping.

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doug

  • October 20 2009 - Sacramento
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Thanks for the info.  You'd think there was a lot of free money lying around.  Government giveaways to fund high-end appliance purchases.  Brutal.
  • October 20 2009
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and in the enduring spirit of government waste:

article by the NY Times yesterday says the energy star seal is completely meaningless.

Last December, the environmental agency's inspector general said the Energy Star ratings for products it oversees, like computers and television sets, were "not accurate or verifiable" because of weak oversight by the agency.


  • October 20 2009
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yeah, i've read that in Consumer Reports also.  That energy star ratings are not very accurate nor are they very high standards and the testing is not detailed enough.
  • October 22 2009
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Let's see now. Jeffrey Immelt (CEO of GE) is on the Presidents Economic Advisory Council.

Today, GE manufactures hundreds of appliance models that carry the ENERGY STAR, making it easy for you to take advantage of any rebates, tax credits or sales tax exemptions on energy-efficient products that your state and local utilities may offer.*

* U.S. Department of Energy

  • October 23 2009
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Interesting, thanks for the information.  Last year I received money back from the city of Roseville, and PG&E for purchasing water saving, and engery saving washer and dryer, (front loaders).

Thought the following SacBee story was interesting:
http://www.sacbee.com/business/story/2146720.html

Thanks for sharing,
Steve @ Your Group Realty
  • October 29 2009
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