Finally, a federal recovery program I can actually use. Cash For Clunkers Part Deux, will offer rebates on energy efficient appliances when you trade in older, power sucking models.
The program starts October 15, and is a welcome one in my household where the refrigerator and dishwasher are so inefficient they barely clean or work without making such a racket it disturbs the squirrel sleeping by the kitchen door.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Energy Star qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include: central air conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.”
How about a few more product categories, including TVs, VHS tapes, cell phones, cameras and computers. No one ever knows how to dispose of these properly anyway? Some enterprising retailer or association may already be lobbying for such a program. Could be just the thing to keep the industry going after the holiday’s when sales really fall off in CE.