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3 ON YOUR SIDE: Government rebate for your old appliances

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Remember "Cash for Clunkers"? Well, now there is cash for new appliances. You can pocket money if you are in the market for energy-efficient appliances. You can go green and save green. Mississippi has some two and a half million dollars in government rebate money.

The idea is to improve energy efficient products and simulate the economy. The payback will be available to anyone who buys a dishwasher, air conditioner and even big ticket items like geothermal heat pumps. It has to be "Energy Star" rated. That rating means the appliance can save you money on your energy bills because it uses less water, gas or electricity to run and could be more efficient than older models in many homes.

We found Shirley out shopping Wednesday. She was in the market for appliances and was excited to learn about the possibility of saving money. Clothes washers will be eligible for rebates but not dryers, according to managers at Cowboy Maloney's Electric City in Jackson.

The Mississippi Energy Savers list offers 11 select items that are eligible for the money. Depending on the energy efficiency of the select dishwasher, you will save $100 to $75 with the rebate. Room air conditioners that meet the standard quality for a $60 rebate.

It remains unclear if participating retailers, contractors and vendors will be required to recycle your old appliances. Rebates will be distributed to consumers who purchase appliances from the program tentatively set for April 2010.  It is designed to push energy efficient appliances on to consumers.

Eligible products include:

  • refrigerators
  • freezers
  • clothes washers
  • dishwashers
  • room air conditioners
  • gas storage water heaters
  • electric heat pump water heaters
  • gas furnaces
  • central air conditioners
  • air source heat pumps
  • geothermal heat pumps

Mississippi is one of three dozen states launching this program in March and April. It will continue until the money runs out.  To find out more, click here.

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