Cash for Clunkers: Appliances Edition

October 25, 2009 at 10:07 am 2 comments

Your days are numbered, my friend.

Your days are numbered, my friend.

Ohh, the things that excite me these days. Honestly, if you told me 5 years ago that I’d be this pumped for a new fridge, I’d have laughed at you.

When we bought our place, we knew the fridge and dishwasher were on the old side, but now that we’ve lived with them for a year, we’re more than ready to replace them. The fridge sounds like an airplane taking off whenever it runs, so bad that if we’re watching TV in the living room, we have to turn the volume up.  If you’re on the phone with someone in the kitchen when it starts revving up, you have to relocate. It’s bad.

And, I wish we could ignore our dishwasher for another year or so, but its time has come. It doesn’t clean our dishes, the water makes our dishes smell funny, and it runs water back up into the sink. Disgusting.

So, if you haven’t heard about it, there’s a new Cash for Clunkers program in the works specifically geared toward getting rid of energy-eating appliances in favor of newer, more efficient models. Consumer Reports offers more details:

As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Obama administration is encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient appliances through the $300 million State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which will dole out amounts that could reach $200 per appliance if you buy Energy Star-qualified models.

You don’t have to turn in your old appliances to get a rebate, but since the only other option is to donate your old ones or try to pawn them off on craigslist, states are expected to offer some sort of recycling plan. Each state makes its own decisions on how much people will get for the rebate. Here are the funding allocations for each state and the Frequently Asked Questions about the program. Seems states will hopefully be funded by November 30th and consumers will be able to access the rebates shortly after. I’m psyched, mama needs a new fridge!


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  • […] Cash for Clunkers: Appliances Edition « Domestically Disabled – view page – cached Ohh, the things that excite me these days. Honestly, if you told me 5 years ago that I’d be this pumped for a new fridge, I’d have laughed at you. — From the page […]

  • 2. irfcu  |  April 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    If your dishwasher runs water back up into your sink, it’s likely because the drain hose isn’t installed properly. Make sure it goes up as high as possible under your counter before going back down to where it connects to your drain.

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