Cash for Clunkers Appliances Edition – Rebates for Energy Star Appliances

by Ryan Guina

It seems like 2009 will go down as the year of the stimulus, even though individual stimulus checks weren’t sent out to the majority of people in 2009. Instead, Congress passed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in February, which included several other stimulus programs designed to put cash in people’s pockets, extend unemployment and COBRA benefits, increase welfare and food stamp payments, enhance educational grants and programs, and entice consumers to buy products in ailing industries, such as the $8,000 first time home buyers credit, the Cash for Clunkers program, and the credit most people have ignored so far – credits for purchasing energy efficient appliances bearing the Energy Star seal.

2009 Stimulus Package Energy Efficiency Credits

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included a $300 million pot of money for $50 to $200 rebates on energy efficient home appliances. The exact details of the program haven’t been released yet; each state will manage their own program and they have until October 15th to file formal applications with the Energy Department. This program is different from the Cash for Clunkers Program because consumers don’t have to trade in an old appliance to qualify for the rebate.

When Does Cash for Appliances Start?

Each state has until October 15, 2009 to submit their Cash for Appliances applications to the Department of Energy (DOE). If approved for funding, the states should receive their funds from the DOE by November 30, which should be just in time for Christmas shopping.

Home Depot Coupon Updates

Energy Star Appliances Eligible for the Cash for Appliances Program

Appliances must have the Energy Star seal to qualify for this program.

  • Heat pumps
  • Furnaces
  • Central and window air conditioners
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing Machines
  • Water heaters

This is good news if you were already in the market for an Energy Star appliance, but with the steep discounts that can already be found at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other appliance stores, you can probably find very good deals right now. Be sure to shop around for the best deals – you may be able to find a better price at your local independent appliance store than at a big box retailer. Be sure to check out coupons from big retailers, such as these Sears coupon codes.

Get 10% off at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Are you in the military? If so, then check out the military discounts you can get at Home Depot and Lowe’s: Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday.

Published or updated March 1, 2011.
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1 ChristianPF

I am bit more excited about this than the clunkers program. I think clunkers got too many people to run out and buy new cars, who probably should have been buying a used car. Whereas this one will likely save some consumers money in the long run by drastically cutting their energy expenses each month…


2 gs

i’ve been shopping for a new refrigerator for a couple of months now looking for a good deal and have not seen any steep discounts anywhere but especially at Lowe’s and Sears…the sales people act like it is business as usual when talking prices.


3 Kirk Kinder

@ gs – the reason they aren’t offering discounts is because they know that there is a tax deduction coming. This happened with the C4C program too. I have a friend who is a car salesman, and he said his dealership wasn’t coming down much from list prices. People were buying to take advantage of the C4C tax break.

Essentially, this tax break is going to Lowe’s and Home Depot’s bottom line. They know we Americans get so enthused at getting a tax break that we will pay more than ordinarily would to take advantage of the tax break. Your best bet is to wait for the credit to end and watch supply dwindle. Then, you can probably negotiate a great deal with the salesmen.


4 Ryan

Same with cars. Many analysts are expecting there to be a glut of cars on the market in the November time frame, hopefully dropping the prices of new cars. My wife and I may be looking for something new because we need a new family car. If the deals aren’t good we’ll jsut wait and buy something used. Either way, I hold the advantage: time. 🙂


5 Derrick

Yea, I don’t think we’re going to see the discounts come anytime soon with the cash for appliances prog. It’s going to be boom time for them soon, so no reason for them to slash prices now. Plus, according to seems like some appliance storeowners aren’t too big on it with the possible load of paperwork.


6 christine dancy

why don’t they have the stoves and the ranger top on the list because some people are in need of a stove enquiry mind want to know.


7 nostoc

When we bought a washer and dryer, the washer was energy 5-star, but the salesman told me no dryers are. They take too much energy because of the heat element (toasters and blow dryers take a lot of juice, too, since they are converting electricity to heat). I suppose stove and ranges are in the same boat. They simply are not energy efficient by nature.


8 Lisa

None of the ranges are Energy Star Items


9 maritza

well i think 50 to 200 dollars is not alot i think not alot of people agree with this program bc they dont have the money to be paying hight interest every months


10 Mike

Nice plug for the box stores, Ryan. If you got out and investigate your major appliance prices, you might be surprise to find out that most independent appliance stores offer the same prices as the box stores. We also are generally more informed and offer more appliance-related services (parts & service) than the box stores.


11 Ryan

An oversight on my part, Mike… Shopping around at all stores is always the best way to go!


12 CT

For me any amount of money is worth getting as long as I get a good price on the item and if it is on sale. I will have to see.

Also, for those who did not get yet file their 2008 taxes and are filing late they did not get a stimulus payment because their taxes were not filed can reclaim a stimulus payment on their taxes. They will get the same amount as added to their refund. Can anyone tell me if you can reclaim the rebate for the previous year for the first stimulus payment that was released? Yes I am late filing even though I am getting refunds.


13 Ryan

CT, there was only a $250 stimulus check this year, which went out to retirees, disabled military veterans, retired railroad workers, and a few others. Here is more info about How the Economic Stimulus Check Affects your 2008 Tax Return.


14 Ginna

Where can I find details about how to file for a rebate? I just bought a fridge.


15 Ryan

I don’t think it has gone into effect yet. States had until Oct 15th to apply for the money and the government is supposed to send it out on Nov 30th.


16 mrigirl

I’m just wondering if this will be in place by black friday and if so, could the 2 be used hand-in hand?


17 Ryan

This is separate from store deals, so you should be able to use both in conjunction.


18 Jill

I’m a little bit mixed up…we purchased some appliances (fridge, dishwasher and washing machine) in the fall 2009 and were under the impression that we would be eligible for the appliance rebates. We purchased the appliances at Home Depot. When I went online for our state, it said we had to purchase the appliances between Feb 12-21, 2010. Am I missing something here? Please help! Thanks.


19 Ryan

Jill, These programs are run by the individual states. You will need to contact the people in charge of the program or website to get this situation resolved. Best of luck!


20 irene

How does a person go about getting the rebate? I purchased the new LG Washer and Dryer set. I was going to buy anyway, but if I qualify for a rebate I want to know how to get it.


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