The time is right for Washington residents who are considering updating old appliances with energy efficient ones. The State of Washington is offering a mail-in rebate program to help residents replace older and inefficient appliances with new Energy Star qualified appliances. The program saves energy and money.
According to the Cash for Appliances Website, “The Cash for Appliances program is expected to save Washingtonians over 9,180,582 kWh of energy, 141,050,173 gallons of water and over 11,896,782 pounds of CO2 annually through the replacement of old appliances with new efficient models. This is enough energy to fuel 597 homes for one year, and is equal to taking 1,341 cars off the road or planting 179,907 trees. The amount of water saved annually could fill 213 Olympic sized swimming pools.”
Eligible products and amount of rebates include:
Refrigerators = $150
Clothes washers = $75
Dishwashers = $75
Gas storage water heaters = $200
Gas tankless water heaters = $300
Electric heat pump water heaters = $250
Ductless air-source heat pumps = $750
Rebates for refrigerators and clothes washers began on March 15, 2010. Rebates for dishwashers, gas storage water heaters, gas tankless water heaters, electric heat pump water heaters, and ductless air-source heat pumps began on August 3, 2010 for purchases made on or after June 28, 2010.
The products must meet certain model criteria. Go here for a complete list. The program will continue until all funds are distributed.
Application for Rebates
To download and apply for the rebates, go here.
Applicants are required to sign an affidavit confirming that all program terms and conditions have been met. Mail-in rebates will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Rebates for refrigerators will require documentation that the replaced unit has been recycled.
The Fine Print
According to the U.S. Department of Energy Website:
“Rebates are available to residential consumers in the State of Washington. Customers must replace existing appliances with new appliances. Installation by a licensed contractor is required for some products. Please visit the Web site for the complete list of program and installation requirements. Each Washington State household is eligible for one rebate per product category. Rebates are for purchases made from Washington State Retailers or where evidence of payment of Washington State Sales tax is provided (exceptions include purchases made at military exchanges located in Washington or for purchases made by tribal members with delivery to residences on tribal lands in Washington State).”
Applicants must sign an affidavit confirming that all program terms and conditions have been met. Mail-in rebates will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Rebates for refrigerators will require documentation that the replaced unit has been recycled.
Now is the Time
Rebates are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a Washington State resident and considering a purchase, now is the time to start shopping.
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Savers Page: Website
Cash for Appliances: Website