SACRAMENTO, CA - California's Cash for Appliances program kicks off Thursday, and consumers are being urged to act quickly. California's share of the $300 million federally funded program is $35 million, and in some states the money has run out in a few days.
By replacing old appliances with energy efficient ones, California consumers could receive rebates of $200 on refrigerators, $100 on clothes washers, and $50 on room air-conditioners. Old appliances must be recycled and removed from the energy grid.
Several retailers, including RC Willey, have signed up as premier partners in the Cash for Appliances program.
"We would suggest that consumers come in and be prepared to buy immediately," said RC Willey General Manager Tammy Cooper. "It's a first-come, first-serve basis, a very urgent matter if you want to take advantage."
The California Energy Commission managing the money made from the program has set up a website which includes a tracker to let consumers and retailers know how much money is left.
"We see tremendous amounts of benefit both environmentally and economically," said Commissioner Anthony Eggert.
He said the program could generate over $170 million in economic activity for California, and remove almost 280 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. "This is equivalent to taking between 30 and 60-thousand cars off the roads for a single year," said Eggert.
Consumers must purchase the appliance from a California retailer between April 22 and May 23. Consumers have 30 days from the date of purchase to mail in a claim form to receive the rebate.
By Jennifer Smith, Jsmith@news10.net