Are you ready to get rid of an old refrigerator, washing machine or other outdated appliance? Replace it between April 16 to 25 and you can save energy and money.
The Illinois Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program offers incentives for Illinois consumers who replace older appliances with specific Energy Star qualified appliances.
The rebate program can provide eligible buyers with hundreds of dollars off the purchase price of an energy-efficient appliance, but the rebates are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The items, including washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners, must be purchased from a participating retailer within the April 16 to 25 time frame, but the program will end when funds expire, which could be before April 25.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy has set aside $300 million for nationwide rebate programs aimed at reducing residential energy usage. Each state and U.S. territory has its own rebate program approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. Illinois received $12,379,000 for both phases of its program; phase 1 is over and this is phase 2.
Another way to save some green while being green: If you purchase a new refrigerator or freezer, you can receive an additional mail-in rebate with proof that your old one was hauled away.