PLEASE NOTE: The date of this post is April, 2010. The NC Appliance Rebate Program is now CLOSED.
This is the weekend for the NC Appliance rebate, and if you want to take advantage of 15% off a replacement Energy Star appliance you should do it ASAP. Like right now. Like this morning! News from the trenches (i.e. when we went to our local big box hardware store to buy a new replacement washer) is that yesterday (Thursday) at 2 p.m. 25% of the rebate money had already been applied for. We predict that by Saturday morning it will all be gone.
We bought a Bosch front-loading Energy Star washer to replace our old, less energy efficient washer that dates back to 1994. Our old washer will be missed – it was our first joint purchase as a couple and washed a ton of clothes for us, including our children’s baby clothes, diapers, and 40,000 mud-stained little boy socks. But our new washer will cost us lots less per year to run – largely because the newer washers get a lot more water out of wet clothing before you put them in the dryer. The dryer, which is the real energy hog when it comes to getting clothes clean, has to work a lot less.
The only thing I’m not thrilled about in the appliance rebate is that to get the rebate we have to turn in our old washer. I know the point is to get the old “clunkers” off the street, but our washer (a Maytag) has been problem-free for 16 years. I bet a family that couldn’t afford a brand-new washer would get a lot of use out of it. And if they hung their clothes on the line instead of using a dryer, it really wouldn’t impact energy use that much. I would love to donate the washer to our local Habitat for Humanity Home Store instead of sending it off to be destroyed…