Consider it Cash for Clunkers, part 2. This time, the clunker consumers can discard of in place of an upgraded, energy-efficient model applies to appliances.
Georgia has received $8.6 million in federal stimulus money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds will go toward purchases for Energy Star refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and other select household appliances. The program launches Feb. 12.
However, it isn’t as easy as walking into your local appliance store and getting cash knocked off your final total. This is a first come, first-serve rebate program, so those who make purchases must follow the guidelines to ensure benefits ranging from $25 to $199. Here’s how it works:
– Before you go to the store, make sure funds are still available by logging onto Georgiarebate.com or by calling 1-866-296-1633. Available rebate funds are updated automatically as applications are received.
– Purchase an Energy Star appliance in person. The Energy Star logo will be visible on the packaging and/or product. For a complete list of appliances, go to to Georgiarebate.com. Online purchases are ineligible. Purchases made before Feb. 12 are ineligible.
–Apply for the rebate online. You will need the receipt from your purchase to complete the application. Print the application confirmation reserving your rebate and mail it with the sales receipt within 30 days of your online application. If you phone in your application, you’ll receive a confirmation page by mail, and then have to mail it in with the sales receipt within 30 days. You’ll then receive a Visa prepaid debit card with the rebate value.
– Georgia residents may apply for one rebate per category, per address, up to $1,200. That means you can purchase a washer and a dishwasher, for instance, but not two washers or two dishwashers. Keep in mind, though, that separate applications must be completed for each appliance.
– Finally, remember to make arrangements to have your old appliance recycled or donated.
Some of the available appliances include: dishwashers, air conditioners, tankless gas water heaters, solar water heaters and gas furnaces. For a complete list of appliances, go to Georgiarebate.com.
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