State Cash for Appliances rewards Energy Stars

Appliances are a big energy drain and a drain on wallets.

Cash for Appliances Washington offers consumers cash back to switch to a new energy-efficient refrigerator or clothes washer.

Pre-1993 refrigerators cost about $80 to run each year compared to current Energy Star(r) qualified models that cost as little as $30 annually. Clothes washers more than 10 years old add an extra $135 per year in utility costs compared to a new Energy Star qualified model.

Cash for Appliances Washington offers $100 cash back on new, qualified Energy Star clothes washers and $75 on new Energy Star refrigerators when the old unit is recycled. These incentives are besides those offered through utility companies and are available until funds run out.

About 15,000 refrigerators and 45,000 washers are expected to be replaced by new efficient models, saving about more than $1 million in energy costs, 355 million gallons of water and preventing 8,042 tons of CO2 annually.

"In addition to providing a nice incentive for consumers to switch to high-efficiency appliances, which in turn reduces their monthly utility bills, Cash for Appliances Washington also is providing a needed boost to retailers as they struggle through this slow economic recovery. It's a win-win for Washington," said Rogers Weed, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Consumers must buy their appliance from a Washington retailer. Eligibility requirements, qualified appliances and the application form and instructions are at retail locations or at

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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