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Appliance rebates offered

Sat., March 13, 2010, midnight

Consumers can get $100 to replace equipment

Washington state residents can buy energy-saving refrigerators or washers and get up to $100 in cash for appliance rebates.

Starting Monday, consumers will be able to apply for rebates when upgrading or replacing refrigerators and clothes washers.

Purchase receipts and other materials must be submitted by e-mail, regular mail or fax, with rebates delivered in about four weeks.

The program, which runs until the state’s $5.6 million rebate pot runs out, will give a rebate of $100 for qualifying washers and $75 for refrigerators.

Idaho’s cash for appliances program is expected to start in the next 45 days.

Nationwide the rebate plan will give back about $300 million to consumers as an incentive to eliminate inefficient appliances. In Washington, program participants must meet these conditions:

•New refrigerators and clothes washers must meet Energy Star standards; refrigerators must exceed 9 cubic feet in size, and washers must have a modified energy factor of 2.4 or higher.

•Only one rebate per household allowed.

•Purchases must be made after March 15 and only from participating state retailers.

•To get a refrigerator rebate, the buyer must provide proof that an older refrigerator has been replaced or recycled.

The state program is expected to result in nearly 15,000 fridges and 45,000 washers being replaced by more-efficient models, saving about $1 million in energy costs, according to Washington’s program Web site.


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