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Clunker appliance program underway

Get rebates and credits to replace old appliances

Posted: May 4, 2010 2:23 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2010 3:28 p.m.
The California Appliance Rebate program is officially underway. The program, which launched on Earth Day, April 22, offers rebates to assist California residents in swapping out old energy inefficient home appliances for new, ENERGY STAR-qualified items.

"The residential sector presents a large challenge and sizable opportunity of protecting the environment through energy efficiency," said Cameron Smyth, California State Assemblyman and former Santa Clarita mayor. "Households are the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., behind only the industrial and transportation sectors, and offer potential energy savings in the range of 25 to 30 percent compared with current consumption."

Three residential appliance categories are eligible to receive rebates as part of the program: clothes washers ($100 rebate), refrigerators ($200 rebate), and room/window air conditioners ($50 rebate).

Appliances must be ENERGY STAR-listed and certified to the Energy Commission as meeting all state and federal appliance efficiency standards to be eligible for rebates. Residents are encouraged to utilize, the city's "green" website, for information regarding the new program.

"The ‘Cash for Appliances' program is a great way to cushion the cost of swapping out old, inefficient home appliances for new Energy Star-rated ones," said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste. "By purchasing ENERGY STAR products, households can continue to reap the benefits of reduced energy use by helping protect the environment and saving up to 30 percent, or $450 annually on average, on their utility bills."


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