Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I am honored to present my first guest post, written by Debbie Schaeffer of Mrs. G TV & Appliances. I am a part of the Mrs. G's VIB program and have already learned so much just after attending one event (if you missed my post on the first event be sure to click here and check it out!) Now I've learned that the government is rolling out a "cash for clunkers" program to help you replace your inefficient home appliances. Here is Debbie to explain it for us:
Many customers ask about “Cash for Clunker Appliances” or “Cash for Appliances” rebates ever since Secretary Chu announced a $300 million rebate program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created early summer 2009 to encourage purchases of energy efficient appliances. This program is actually called ARRA Energy Efficient Appliance Program. It is easier to say Cash for Appliances – and easier to remember what the program is designed to do!
Most customers are expecting a significant dollar rebate, a la the huge rebates offered during Cash for Clunker Cars. Because Mrs. G TV & Appliances is committed to helping our customers, we wanted to help explain the program and get everyone up to speed.
First, a little background on the program: Nearly $300 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been set aside for state run rebate programs for consumer purchases of new innovative ENERGY STAR® qualified home appliances. Each state picks their own time frame and designs their own promotion, within certain DOE guidelines.
First let’s look at New Jersey. If you visit the government’s Energy Savers site, click through to New Jersey and you will see that our state rebates for energy star refrigerators, clothes washers, and dishwashers are anticipated in April 2010 (and are subject to availability). Rebates will end when funds are depleted, so your best bet is to shop early. Right now Pennsylvania is not offering rebates for home appliances (i.e. refrigerators, washers, dishwashers), but if this changes, we will be sure to pass along the information!
Another website full of information for New Jersey energy efficient appliance rebates is New Jersey Clean Energy. If you take a look at rebates and promotions as of December 29, 2009 the ARRA funding of NJ’s $8.33 million for incentives are tentatively scheduled for April 2010. For now, it’s a sure bet these rebates will happen in April.
This plan highlights home appliances rebates as follows: clothes washers will receive a $35.00 rebate, dishwashers will receive $25 to $75 rebates and refrigerators will receive $75 to $100. Do not be discouraged by the low amount. Don’t be surprised to see added incentives from the manufactures and exclusive rebates from Mrs. G’s!
New Jersey currently offering two rebates for home appliances. A $50 rebate to recycle your old energy guzzling refrigerator that is still working. The refrigerator early retirement incentive will dovetail with the ARRA Energy Efficient Appliance Program. New Jersey also continues the $75 rebate on Select Tier 3 Energy Star Qualified Clothes Washers and a $25 rebate on the purchase of dehumidifiers that have earned the Energy Star label. These rebates will continue through December 31, 2010.
So, if you want to wait till April to take advantage of aggressive rebates to stimulate the economy and do your part to make your life more energy efficient, be sure to stop by Mrs. G’s and talk to one of our knowledgeable sales staff and they can help you pick out the best appliance for you.
We understand not everyone can wait until April to purchase new appliances for their home. Until the rebates are finalized, Mrs. G’s will give you the best guaranteed lowest price possible with outstanding customer service. No one can beat that! We have 75 years of experience and very satisfied customers on our side!
In the meantime read up on the rebate programs and stop by our showroom to find a great selection of ENERGY STAR® qualified home appliances!
Thanks Debbie! Want to know more about Mrs. G TV & Appliances? Click here to visit the website. For more information on Debbie click here.