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Appliance Rebate Program Now Accepting Applications

By Staff | Mar 2, 2010

For folks who have been babying an old furnace through the winter months, the end is in sight. Or, perhaps the snowbank outside the back door is doing a better job at keeping your food cold than your refrigerator does. Maybe a rock at the river is giving you whiter whites than your old clothes washer does. If any of these scenarios are playing out at your residence, help is now at hand.

At 8 a.m. Monday, March 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Iowa Appliance Rebate Program began in Iowa. The program makes available some $2.7 million in rebates to Iowans for heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers.

The premise of the program is quite simple. To apply for the rebates varying from $100 to $500, visit ww.iowaappliancerebate.com or call toll free 877-267-7495. Rebates will be sent in the form of a credit card that Iowans can use towards the purchase of replacement appliance purchases from dealers in the state.

In addition to the state rebates, utility companies such as Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and Mid-American Energy also offer rebates for those looking to trade in their old appliances for newer, more energy-efficient versions.

Retailers around the state are also gearing up for what is expected to be a program with great interest and participation. Some retailers are planning special promotions for the rebate program, with some dealers teaming up with appliance manufacturers to offer special pricing on new appliances.

While the main focus of the program is to get more energy-efficient appliances online, the resulting goal is to help consumers actually save money in the long run with their energy costs, as well as reducing the use of energy, which can help reduce the carbon footprint in terms of global warming.

The secondary goal of the program is to remove older, less-energy efficient appliances from the utility grids.

The ultimate goal of the program is to remove less efficient appliances from the power grid.

Consumers who have been contemplating replacing an old appliance should visit with their local dealer to figure out what rebate they can qualify for, and then go online to the rebate website and reserve their rebate amount. The funds are expected to go quickly, so consumers are urged to act quickly.