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Cash for Appliances Program Comes to an End

California’s “Cash for Appliances” Rebate program has finally come to an end. Closing the books last month the agency reports all $33.5 million dollars in federal rebate funds was used.  The program rolled-out on Earth Day, April 22, 2010 and encouraged Californians to replace and recycle their old, inefficient appliances with new, highly energy-efficient models .California Energy Commission spokesperson, Amy Morgan says more than 178,000 appliances were replaced under the program.

“More than 88,000 clothes washer rebates were sent out to Californians followed closely by refrigerators and dishwashers.”

Lots of people also changed out their water heaters, Freezers and heating cooling systems.   The rebate funds were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.   Morgan says just under $50 thousand dollars in rebate checks were returned to sender. She says anyone who did not receive their rebate can check with the program.

“So if consumers have issues or their still looking for their rebate checks, they can e-mail the Energy Commission, we’d be happy to look into it for them.”

That e-mail is:  rebates@energy.state.ca.us.     Consumers had to give proof that they had recycled their old appliances to qualify for the rebates.

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