On the list of many things I have to do to go green in my new home is to upgrade to Energy Star appliances as soon as I can. Of particular concern are my Maytag washer and dryer that look like they’ve been around since before I was born. Energy efficiency and water saving wasn’t considered to be quite as important back then and these two appliances seem to consume a lot of both.
I did some research and found that the Obama Administration is preparing a “cash for clunkers” program for old machines, to encourage people to replace them with more efficient Energy Star appliances (and thereby help the economy improve). It is a rebate program to reimburse you when you purchase an eligible energy efficient appliance.
Here’s how it works, based on the Energystar.gov website. The Department of Energy has approved rebate money to be allocated to the states and the District of Columbia. The latter will establish their own guidelines for implementing the rebates, including amounts to disburse per purchase. The money available varies by state and is limited–here in my home town of Washington DC a total of $568,000 is available.
Check this website to see when the Energy Star rebate program begins in your state (some states have already begun their programs.) Also on this page is a list of each state’s rebate website and the phone hotline you can call for more information. Follow your state’s instructions carefully! One state I checked had a requirement of purchasing your Energy Star appliance in the state itself instead of online.
It’s important to act fast–once the money allocated for your state is gone, it’s gone. For my part, I’ll have to wait until April 2010 before the money arrives in DC. You can bet I’ll be lining up to buy my Energy Star appliances and replace my old clunkers. Can’t beat going green with energy efficient appliances and helping the economy while you’re at it!