Greening Martha : Trade your clunker appliance for energy efficiency - get a rebate
An energy-efficient appliance rebate program, called Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange, will begin April 22, marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, according to an announcement from Ian Bowles, the commonwealth's Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary. The goal is to lower household energy costs, cut energy waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A total of $6.2 million of federal stimulus dollars will support the program.
Secretary Bowles's department estimates that 27,000 inefficient appliances will be taken out of service as a result of the program, meaning that Massachusetts residents will use 2.6 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity annually - the annual equivalent of eliminating 4.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide and enough energy to power 340 households for one year.
Instructions for taking part in the Massachusetts program are now posted at www.masssave.com/GAX. The site offers consumers an overview of the rebate process. In coming weeks, the site will include a list of refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, and freezer models that will be eligible for the rebate in April. The program will continue as long as rebate supplies last.
A final, searchable list of eligible appliance models and other details of the Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange, including rebate amounts for each appliance type and how to participate, will be posted on www.masssave.com/GAX on March 22.