The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient appliances, with rebates that could reach $200 per appliance if you buy Energy Star-qualified models. The Recovery Act appropriated funds for the program to help achieve the national goals of spurring economic growth, creating jobs, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. New appliance owners won’t have to turn in old appliance to get their rebates. However the states are planning to establish recycling plans for all old appliances.
Each state will have everything established and exact rebate amounts by October 15, 2009. State energy offices will have all details by the set date. Not to mention, appliance stores will announce the rebates I am sure to help bring in new customers. So if you have been thinking about junking the old dishwasher or washing machine, try to hold off as long as possible so you can get some type of rebate on your new purchase of Energy Star appliances.
If you are not familiar with Energy Star appliances and their reduction in energy use, take a look at some of these facts.
ENERGY STAR qualified models use 31% less energy and 33% less water than conventional machines.
ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners use at least 10% less energy than conventional models.
Over the life of your new ENERGY STAR qualified washer, you’ll save enough money in operating costs to pay for the matching dryer.
ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners have a higher seasonal efficiency rating (SEER) than standard models, which makes them about 14% more efficient than standard models.