The auto industry had their public-popular Cash for Clunkers program and now the government is back with a one-time "Cash for Appliances" rebate program that gives consumers financial incentive to purchase energy-efficient appliances. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the independent safety testing organization, contacted us with a link to a list of tips and details of the following that may help you decide whether to upgrade or stick with what you got in 2010.
The Underwriters Laboratories site provides the following:
- When the rebate programs start in each state
- Which appliances qualify for rebates and the projected amount of rebate money for each
- How to determine if you need a new appliance
- How to keep your current appliances working like new
For example, we discovered starting in March 2010, the state of California has been allocated a little over $35 million in rebates for home appliances as part of the ENERGY STAR Recovery Funding. Clothes washers purchases can qualify for a $100 rebate, refrigerators with $75 back, and room air conditioners will bring a $50 rebate.
Also useful is the UL's Cash for Appliances FAQ page, which will answer your questions in regards to qualifying for the rebate, Energy Star ratings, how to receive rebates and a variety of other topics related to the program, both on a Federal and State scale.