California Energy Star Rebates for Washing Machines, Refrigerators, and Air Conditioners

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The Energy Star Rebate program, also part of the Recovery Act, provides rebates to buyers of household appliances. Appliances have to qualify as energy efficient, and there has been some debate over unacceptable appliances recently. Recent scandals involved rebate approval for green products that weren’t actually green, so the state governments paying out the rebates are now paying a lot closer attention to the Energy Star rebates.

California’s program for energy star rebates is called Cash for Appliances. The program begins accepting rebate applications on Earth Day and continues for a month afterward, from 4/22/2010 to 5/23/2010. Surprisingly enough, the California government allows rebate applications to be sent in as late as 6/25/2010 in case people need a month to send in the Energy Star rebate coupon. As with the Cash for Clunkers program, the California rebates only apply to the replacement of appliances. People must turn in their older, less energy efficient appliances to program participants and have them destroyed. Like the cars, destroying an appliance and purchasing a new one will cost a consumer more money than they receive through the rebate, although the consumer receives the money back over time with reduced energy bills, especially if energy prices increase in the future. The effects of Peak Oil and carbon taxes are likely to raise the cost of purchasing heating oil, propane, and other products necessary to fuel home appliances, so an opportunity to get federal subsidies is very helpful. For example, a consumer can receive a two hundred dollar rebate on a new refrigerator or a one hundred dollar rebate on a new washing machine, or a fifty dollar rebate for an air conditioner, as long as it is purchased and installed in California. The program isn’t going to pay for transporting the new washing machine home or hooking it up in a consumer’s house, or dragging away the old washing machine, although home improvement stores and other retailers who sell these products may offer deals there.

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