Cash for Clunkers for Appliances?

Get money back for your old appliances with the new energy efficient appliance rebate program

Cash for Clunkers for appliances? Yep, you heard right! For many Americans strapped for cash, the Cash for Clunkers Program was great! Now you can get a break when it comes to your home appliances. Need a new refrigerator, freezer, washer, dishwasher, or room air conditioner? Now’s your chance.

State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

Beginning as early as February for Alaska, Idaho, Maine, and New York and not until April for some states such as Tennessee, Hawaii, and Alabama, you can take advantage of the $300 million appliance-rebate program.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 divided the $300 million among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 U.S. Territories based on population and each state decides which major appliances are eligible for rebates and how much money you will receive.

Just like the Cash for Clunkers program, this appliance rebate program is aimed at getting rid of old, energy sucking appliances and replacing them with Energy Star rated home appliances that save energy and money.

Eligible appliances

Depending on the state, rebates are ranging anywhere from $25 to $150 per appliance. Some of the appliances that are eligible for rebates are:

— Clothes washers
— Dishwashers
— Refrigerators
— Freezers
— Room air conditioners
— Boilers
— Central air conditioners
— Air-source and geothermal heat pumps
— Oil furnaces
— Gas furnaces

Again, the appliances that are eligible for the rebates vary from state to state. Check which energy saving appliances qualify in your state. Look over the information, and get the details for your particular state.

Details, details

Unlike the Cash for Clunkers program for vehicles, you are responsible for filing the paperwork. Some states may offer point-of-sale rebates, but for the most part, you receive the rebate forms when you make the purchase. Then, fill out and mail the paperwork to receive your money.

Hurry — Before it’s too late!

Theoretically, the rebates last until 2012. But…just like the Cash for Clunkers program for vehicles, the program lasts until the cash runs out. If you need new kitchen appliances or any of the other appliances listed, it’s best to make your purchase as soon as your state begins the program.