Monday, January 4, 2010

Cash for Appliances

We purchased our Maytag Washer and Dryer in 1998. Twelve years and just one replacement dryer belt later, and I still rely on these prehistoric machines to do one of the most distasteful jobs on the planet. I realize I am dealing with two ticking time bombs, so I am gearing up for this next, large purchase.

The good news is that I will be eligible to receive a (cash) rebate from MA for the purchase of new ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances. In my case, I am eligible to receive a rebate for the purchase of a new washing machine, but not a new dryer. However, I will check with our electric company, as they may offer a cash rebate for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes dryer. (We did receive a $50 rebate for our refrigerator from our electric company.)

The rebates are being funded with $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this program, eligible consumers like you and me can receive rebates to purchase new energy-efficient appliances when we replace used appliances.

Each state and U.S. territory was allowed to design its own rebate program, and all 56 have submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Some of those plans have now been approved.

Each state and territory may select its own set of ENERGY STAR qualified products to rebate. DOE has recommended that states select from among the following appliances:
· Boilers
· Central air conditioners
· Clothes washers
· Dishwashers
· Freezers
· Furnaces (oil and gas)
· Heat pumps (air source and geothermal)
· Refrigerators
· Room air conditioners


ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Projected program start dates according to state.

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