The Cash for Appliances Rebate Program: Get the Facts Before You Shop

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the government is sponsoring another rebate program that is meant to encourage buying more eco-friendly energy-saving appliances as well as bolster the economy through appliance sales.
“Appliances consume a huge amount of our electricity, so there’s enormous potential to both save energy and save families money every month,” said Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release. “These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs.”
The Cash for Appliances program is different from the somewhat clunky Cash for Clunkers rebate plan. The Cash for Appliances rebate programs are manages by individual states. States proposed plans last year and filed applications for funds. While the overall program design shares commonalities from state to state, consumers should be sure to check the specifics for their state and we’ll tell you how.
Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? Are your old washer and dryer on their last pants leg? Ready to upgrade your heat pump or your air conditioner? Now may be the time.
Features of the Cash for Appliances Rebate Program:
You don’t have to bring your old appliances to an appliance store but buyers are encouraged to recycle their old appliances and in some states consumers are required to provide proof that an old appliance was recycled.
Rebates vary but will generally be between $50.00 to $200.00. For example in some states there’s a $100.00 rebate on Energy Star clothes washers or a $75.00 rebate on Energy Star refrigerators.
Start dates vary. Many states began in March and many others are beginning the rebate program this month.
Again check your state’s rules but these appliances are generally the focus of the rebate programs:
Central air conditioners
Water heaters
Heat pumps
Clothes washers
Don’t forget that some states and local governments already offer a rebate for energy efficient appliances so check to see if you qualify for those as well.
Important note: The Cash for Appliances rebate program has been closed in four states.
* Iowa
* Kansas
* Minnesota
* Rhode Island
Will the Cash for Appliances Program Have a Green Impact?
According to the Department of Energy, the program could potentially save:
-$1,006,607 in energy cost annually
-355 gallons of water annually
-8042 tons of CO2 prevention annually
To find out the specific facts of the Cash for Appliances rebate program for your state, visit the DOE web site at and click on the link to your state. The Department of Energy warns that is the only official DOE website and consumers should be on the look out for fake websites.