Cash for Appliances? New Government Rebate Program

By Alyson Hunt, Reporter

AMANA - If you are looking to replace a household appliance, buying a new energy efficient one could save you hundreds under a new rebate program.

It is similar to Cash for Clunkers, but for appliances, the program will get underway in Iowa on March 1st.

The federal government awarded Iowa more than two million dollars from the stimulus to go toward the Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program.

The program is attracting several consumers in eastern Iowa. "We have seen more than a 100 people in here already just inquiring about the program and of course many other calls. There's a lot of interest in the program, " Lyle Bischof, manager of Amana General Store Appliances said.

Several energy star appliances are covered under the rebate. Consumers can receive up to $500 for a refrigerator, $200 on a dishwasher or washing machine. "We anticipate that each Iowan who participates in this program will be able to save hundreds of dollars over the life of their new and more efficient, appliance," said Roya Stanley, Director of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

Several consumers are looking forward to taking advantage of the program. "I'm going to take advantage of this since Iowa is offering it, and now energy star is the way to go," said consumer Linda Olson.

To be eligible for a rebate, you must be an Iowa resident with a valid Iowa address. Orders online are not included.

To see a complete list of all appliances that are covered under this rebate program visit energystar.gov

On March 1st, Iowans will be able to go to the website and apply for a coupon.

Once registration and reservation is complete, the customer will be able to print a coupon code that is specific to their reservation.

Customers can only reserve for one appliance per call or log-in. Customers can call in multiple times to receive additional rebates.

Rebates are in the form of a pre-paid Visa card that will be accepted anywhere Visa is accepted.
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