The main problem with the energy-efficient rebate program the federal government has planned is that it just doesn’t have a catchy enough name, editors’ and bloggers’ efforts notwithstanding. Dollars for Dishwashers? Cash for Kelvinators? Even its official acronym, SEEARP (State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program) isn’t very mellifluous even if you belch it.
The program, part of the federal economic stimulus package, also has the disadvantage (perhaps) of being administered by individual states, instead of federally. $300 million will be divided up among the 50 states for consumer rebates.
Yesterday was the deadline for states to submit their plans to the federal Department of Energy. If you’re going to be in the market for new appliances in the near future, check out the Consumer Reports Home FAQ on the program. You might be able to get rid of your energy-wasting appliances as soon as December.
Cash for Clunkers for Appliances FAQ [Consumer Reports Home]