Cash for Clunker Appliances Program Hits 44 States, Territories

The U.S. Department of Energy really, really wants you to get rid of your wasteful old appliances and replace them with spanky new Energy Star models. Through their $300 million State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program–a.k.a., “cash for clunkers for appliances”– rebates are now available in 44 states and U.S. territories for residential customers who purchase approved Energy Star appliances. And if you don’t live in one of those areas, don’t worry: the remaining states and territories are gearing up to launch their versions of the program, too, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Depending on the appliance you choose to replace, your rebate will range from $50 to $250 per qualified appliance and, according to a release, can often be combined with manufacturer or utility rebates. Different states have different regulations concerning the program, but happily, you won’t have to wait for a tax rebate, as your reimbursement check is available directly at the point of purchase; some states are also combining recycling programs for old appliances with their version of the Energy Star appliance purchase rebate program.

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“The nation’s state energy offices are working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and local and national retailers to offer rebate programs tailored to both maximize energy savings and benefits to consumers,” said Phil Giudice, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials, in a statement. A complete list of program resources, by area, is available here.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.