Cash for Junkers

Spring is upon us, and the Nevada Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is giving us reason to clean out more than just our closets. The new initiative rewards consumers for buying green appliances and recycling their old ones. Think of it as an appliance edition of the last year’s popular Cash for Clunkers program.

Nevada has been given $2.5 million to entice residents to recycle their junker appliances and replace them with more efficient, Energy Star-rated machines.

This means we can save $200 on refrigerators, $150 on washing machines, $150 on freezers and $100 on dishwashers.

Although often more expensive than their power-hungry counterparts, Energy Star-rated appliances helped Americans shave more than $17 billion from utility bills in 2009. or call 877-273-6213 for a list of participating retailers.

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