Virginia home owners who are about to buy new appliances need to pay attention to a program going into effect on April 28th, 2010. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (who knew?) has been allotted $7.45 million to provide rebates to Virginia residents who purchase specific “Energy Star” appliances to replace qualifying older appliances in their home.
But there is a catch… you will need to “make a reservation” for your rebate on the DMME web site after 4/28/10 and before you buy the appliance to ensure you are going to get the rebate money. Also, your local utility companies will oversee the rebates so you will need to check with them too.
The ultimate goal here is to increase efficiency, reduce the load on our power grid, and to remove potentially harmful gasses that exist in older appliances such as R-22 heat pumps.
Yes Virginia, we are Going Green!
Now, I recently bought a new GE Energy Star refrigerator for my home in Vienna, VA and missed out on the $60 rebate which would have been spent at Outback Steakhouse with the kids, sorry kiddos. But, it was on sale and I still feel it was a good buy especially since my neighbor Chuck now has “refrigerator envy”.
“Wait a minute,” you are thinking, “does he have magnets on that Stainless Steel fridge?” This is a GE, french-door Clean Steel refrigerator that exactly matches my stainless steel appliances plus holds my wife’s crazy magnet collection and all of the schedules that come along with having kids. Click on the photo to enlarge!
“Clean Steel” works for me!
Here are the rebates for the new, qualified Energy Star appliances:
- Energy Star washing machine, $75
- Energy Star tank-less gas water heater, $225
- Energy Star gas furnace, $250
- Energy Star refrigerator, $60
- Energy Star gas hot water heater, $35
- Energy Star air source heat pump, $300
Remember, this Virginia rebate money is limited so when it is gone, it’s gone! And to make sure you are really getting rid of that old fridge and not just sticking it in the basement to hold your cerveza supply, you will need to sign a statement stating the old appliance will no longer be used in the home.
Yes, it’s cash for clunkers!
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