During the year of 2009, the United States government offered incentives to car buyers in order to increase more efficient vehicles being on the road. The so-called Cash for Clunkers program became somewhat successful in its endeavors, however the money for the program did run out.
Another government program by the Department of Energy is aiming to have similar ideals but for energy efficient appliances. The program is set to begin in early 2010 in most states, however the program does vary and some states have already begun. The entire program has $300 million in order to provide rebates. This is approximately one-tenth of the amount of money used for the Cash for Clunkers program, however the rebates were larger for vehicles.
The intention of the program is obviously to have people switch to more energy efficient appliances, however they do not need to turn in their old appliances. The Department of Energy does recommend that consumers recycle their old units. Only appliances designated with an “Energy Star” rating qualify for purchase.
The types of appliances available for rebates are: refrigerators, boilers, central air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, furnaces (oil and gas), heat pumps, room air conditioners and water heaters. The amount of money allocated to each state varies upon population. The state of California will be receiving the most money, at $35.2 million.
The window which you can attain the rebate varies by state as well, as does the amount of money you receive for a particular type of appliance. Rebates will vary between $50 to $250. The rebates will run through February 2012 or until the money runs out.