California Cash for Appliances

If you haven’t seen this already, the California Energy Commission rolled out their “Cash for Appliances” recycling program on April 22, 2010. Details below:

  • How long will the program last?
    The program begins on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and continues at most through May 23, 2010, but rebates will only be available as long as the rebate funds last. R ebates are first-come, first-serve and will be processed as received until funds are depleted. When funds run out, no more rebates will be issued, so act now!
  • Who qualifies for a rebate?
    • The rebates are available to all California residential consumers who do the following:
      • Purchase a new, qualified appliance model in-store at a California retail location during the rebate period (April 22, 2010 – May 23, 2010);
      • Recycle an old appliance of the same type through a Certified Appliance Recycler; and
      • Submit the required rebate application materials no more than 30 days after the date of purchase of the new model.
    • Tenants and renters that can comply with the above requirements are eligible to receive the rebates.
    • Landlords, property managers, and property owners that are not property residents are not eligible to receive the rebates. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that such individuals cannot be considered a residential consumer as they stand to receive commercial gain or benefit from the purchase.
    • Buying groups are not eligible to receive the rebates, as the federal program rules require that the rebates go directly to individual residential consumers.
    • Purely commercial properties such as hotels are not eligible to receive the rebates, as they are not residential consumers.
    • Finally, only one rebate of each appliance type can be awarded per residential household. Multiple purchases of the same appliance type are not eligible to receive a rebate.
  • Is recycling required for the rebate?
    Yes. An old unit of the same type must be recycled to receive the rebate, and the recycling must be handled by a Certified Appliance Recycler as required by California law.

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